Importing VMware VMs to Amazon EC2

Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that a selected VMware virtual machine type can be uploaded to the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). That type right now is limited to VMware virtual machines running Windows Server 2008 R2. A vSphere plug-in is being developed; so the proverbial “right-click to the cloud” is coming to a vCenter Server near you it seems.

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This is a big deal. First of all, the workload goes from running on a VMware hypervisor (presumably on a private cloud/datacenter) to running on a modified Xen hypervisor on AWS. Does hypervisor really matter in the public cloud? That’s debatable; but I’m pretty sure that AWS can administer a datacenter and virtualization environment better than I can.

Utilizing the VM Import command set (it is command line only) is free at this point, and then standard EC2 instance costs are charged ongoing.

If I get a chance, I’m going to migrate one to my AWS account from the Rickatron lab and see how it goes! Stay tuned.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Rick Vanover, Multinet Ro. Multinet Ro said: “@RickVanover: So AWS lets us now import a Windows Server 2008 R2 VMware VM to EC2. Lab time http://bit.ly/e8A03W” […]

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  2. Posted by Pedro on December 19, 2011 at 7:49 am

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  3. Posted by sajuptpm on June 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I have created a video to show how to import VMware VM to Amazon EC2

    http://fosshelp.blogspot.in/2013/06/howto-import-vmware-virtual-machine-to.html

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  4. I have created video tutorials to show How to do it

    How to Install Amazon EC2 VM Import Connector Plugin and Import VMware VM to Amazon EC2 Part 1

    How to Install Amazon EC2 VM Import Connector Plugin and Import VMware VM to Amazon EC2 Part 2

    How to Import VMware Virtual Machine to Amazon EC2 Part 1

    How to Import VMware Virtual Machine to Amazon EC2 Part 2

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