VMware HCX Migration Workflow

In my last post, I provided a detailed explanation of the migration methods available within VMware HCX. Specifically, I discussed when to utilize No-Downtime, Cold Migration, and/or Bulk Replication and how each method operates. In this final post on HCX migration, I explain and walk through the workflow used to migrate to–and from–the IBM Cloud.

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VMware HCX Migration Methods

In my last post, I provided a quick component-level overview of VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX). I also discussed how to deploy each component to securely connect your on-premises vSphere infrastructure to VMware vCenter Server or VMware Cloud Foundation instance within the IBM Cloud. In this post, I explain the three main HCX migration methods that you can use to migrate to–and from–the IBM Cloud.

HCX Migration and Application Traffic
HCX Migration and Application Connections

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VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (HCX) on IBM Cloud

Part of my role within the Office of the CTO at IBM is to evaluate innovative solutions and lead proof-of-concepts with clients using new technologies. Lately, I’ve been focused on understanding VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (i.e., HCX). I’ve also been fortunate to deploy pre-release GA versions of this solution (as a proof-of-concepts) for customers that want to migrate their VMware workloads into the IBM Cloud. So, what is Hybrid Cloud Extension and how does one deploy it on-prem and on the IBM Cloud? First, let’s start with a little history of the product.

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