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.
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.