I am super excited to share that the popular Cross vCenter Workload Migration Utility Fling has been officially productized and is now available with the release of vSphere 7.0 Update 1c (Patch 02)! The official name for this capability is now referred to as Advanced Cross vCenter vMotion, would that mean the short hand is Ax-vMotion? 🤔 In any case, this has literally been 5 years in the making from an idea that I had shared back in 2015 to now having it fully integrated as a native vSphere feature in 2020 is pretty wild!
While reflecting back and writing this blog post, I came across this tweet from our CEO, Pat Gelsinger, which I thought was quite fitting
I love this. Thanks for sharing. To me, execution is everything. It's much easier to have a good idea than it is to actually get it done. https://t.co/DAPdip6A8e
— Pat Gelsinger (@PGelsinger) November 24, 2020
I have learned over the years, that simply having a good idea is not enough. It takes hard work, time and perseverance.
It has been very humbling to work with so many of customers of all sizes and shapes and enabling them to take advantage of vMotion in a new way that would allow them to solve some of their unique business needs. vMotion is still as magical in 2020 as it was when VMware transformed the IT industry when it was first introduced.
🤯 WOW 🤯
~400TB migrated using the Cross vCenter Workload Migration @vmwflings 🔥
You win @vRobDowling 👏👏👏
I want to say the largest VM migration that I heard of with this tool was ~15K https://t.co/gfjGHQcJaE
— William Lam (@lamw) December 18, 2020
Of course this would not have been possible without the support of so many amazing VMware Engineers who contributed to the Fling including the original developer, Vishal Gupta who I had worked with as part of the VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) team. After Vishal left VMware, I recruited a few more folks to help with the project including Vladimir Velikov, Vikas Shitole, Rajmani Patel, Plamen Semerdzhiev and Denis Chorbadjiyski. Lastly, I also want to thank Vishwa Srikaanth and Abhijith Prabhudev from the vSphere Product Management team who have been supportive of the Fling since day 1 and has been advocating with me on behalf of our customers.