Article Excerpt: The ability to replicate VMs between private data centers and public clouds could make the hybrid cloud a reality. Amazon Web Services’ new VM Import feature could be a game changer for hybrid cloud deployments. The product allows IT departments to move virtual machine images from their internal data centers to the cloud, as needed. Many applications can benefit from this neat little trick. The low-hanging fruit is disaster recovery, as well as any migration to the cloud required to bring more capacity online by allocating additional VMs.
The process is pretty simple. “To import images, IT departments use Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) API tools to point to a virtual machine image in their existing environment. Next, they specify the amount of compute capacity they need and where they want to run the image in Amazon’s cloud platform. VM Import will then automatically transfer the image file, migrate the image, and create the instance in Amazon’s cloud,” says Amazon.com.