vMotion Metro for Texas

vSphere 5 from VMWare includes a new feature for firms seeking multi-site flexibility for their compute resources.  Called vMotion Metro, this feature allows for “live migration” of VMs between virtualization nodes in separate data centers or across a single “stretched” node with hosts in two or more data centers.

vMotion Metro opens up a set of options for disaster avoidance and flexible & fast equipment maintenance, and begins a transition towards smooth and effective VM mobility across great distances without application or customer interruption.

Of course, this feature requires the proper technology and planning.  The key planning requirement is to make sure that total network latency is less than 10 milliseconds.  From there, you need to properly option global load balancers, application resource brokers, SAN replication (synchronous), and at least 660MB of available Layer 2 bandwidth.  Brocade has authorized us to share their well thought out Ethernet Fabric Architecture. In baseline testing of this feature led by VMware, EMC, and Brocade, the Brocade systems powerfully enabled vMotion metro (see Brocade End-to-End overview graphic below and case study here).

Texas is a region to consider applying vMotion Metro. In Texas, we have significant and recurring weather patterns that impact the state; we also benefit from hours, if not days, of prior notice of impending weather events.  This is a perfect amount of time to execute a disaster avoidance strategy involving the shift of live computing loads to a data center in another part of the state.

Clearview’s Central Texas Data Center is perfectly positioned to support vMotion Metro computing load shifts from Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.  Our hardened facility draws power from generation plants separate from the major metros.  Our I-35 location allows for fast fiber and ground transportation access.

 

Brocade- vMotion Metro from VMWare

Texas is a region to consider applying vMotion Metro. In Texas,  have significant and recurring weather patterns that impact the state;  we also benefit from hours if not days of prior notice of impending weather events.  This is a perfect amount of time to execute a disaster avoidance strategy involving the shift of live computing loads to a data center in another part of the state.

Clearview’s Central Texas Data Center is perfectly positioned to support vMotion Metro computing load shifts from Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.  Our hardened facility draws power from generation plants separate from the major metros.  Our I-35 location allows for fast fiber and ground transportation access.

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