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Moving VMware VVols to the Public Cloud using HPE Cloud Volumes



HPE Cloud Volumes (HCV) is a multi-cloud elastic storage service that provides the simplicity of native elastic cloud storage with enterprise-grade capabilities

 This is an all-new native cloud storage service run by HPE Nimble Storage that’s built on Nimble technology delivered 100% as a pay-as-you-go service.  HPE Cloud Volumes provides a separate cloud service for cloud block storage while you continue to run AWS or Azure for compute with high performance and low lentency access.

With HPE Cloud Volumes, we can now migrate an on-premises VMware VVol to HPE Cloud Volumes and easily attach it to a cloud compute provider of your choice like Amazon EC2 or Microsoft Azure VM.

Moving your VMware Virtual Volumes (“VVols”) to the HPE Cloud Volumes service combines the benefits of VM-centric storage management with the mobility, on-demand operations, and pay-per-use economics of the cloud. 

The demonstrated ability to move HPE Cloud Volumes from an on-premises system up to a cloud environment is a breakthrough in virtualized storage management.

Watch a video recording of how easy it is to migrate VM data volumes and attach them to a compute instance:


Some of the benefits of migrating VVols to the cloud,

  1. Dev/Test volumes on-demand, on-the fly – A leading use of moving VVols to HCV is for Dev/Test. For instance, you can clone your latest production data and attach it to cloud-based compute and capacity whenever needed, especially if space is tight on your on-premises infrastructure.
  2. Protecting/retaining VM data in the cloud – Easily migrate data volumes of a VMware VM offsite as part of a data protection workflow. Attach snapshots of a particular database to a cloud instance as needed, as part of a modern, cloud-enabled data availability strategy.
  3. Store oldest VM data in the cloud – You can now extend your retention policy for VM data, by using the cloud. Use cloud capacity for the oldest VVols volumes which can be stored offsite, with newer ‘less cold’ VM data still retained at your primary or secondary sites.
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