VMware HCX on IBM Cloud

With newest release of VMware solutions on IBM cloud, HCX has been made available in an automated deployment mode.

The HCX on IBM® Cloud service can seamlessly extend the networks of on-premises data centers into IBM Cloud, which allows virtual machines (VMs) to be migrated to and from the IBM Cloud without any conversion or change.

This service is available only to VMware Cloud Foundation instances and VMware vCenter Server instances that are running vSphere 6.5 and that are deployed in or have been upgraded to V2.1 or later releases.

This service can seamlessly extend the networks of your on-premises data centers into IBM Cloud, which allows bi-directional migration of virtual machines (VMs) between your on-premises data centers and IBM Cloud without any change. By establishing a layer 2 bridge, HCX leverages WAN optimization, deduplication, compression, and encryption to more quickly and securely migrate data over a Direct Link or VPN tunnel. The bulk migration of VMs is backwards compatible with VMware vSphere 5.1 or greater. If you use vSphere 6.0 or greater on-premises, you can vMotion live (powered-on) VMs from on-premises to an IBM Cloud data center. You are not required to have VMware NSX installed in your data center when using HCX.

The HCX components must be installed both on IBM® Cloud and in your on-premises vSphere environment. It is recommended that you install the HCX on IBM Cloud service into your Cloud Foundation instance or vCenter Server instance on IBM Cloud before you install the on-premises HCX instance.

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