Imagine your dream vacation. You’ve booked your ticket, packed your bags, and called a cab to take you to the airport. Everything is going according to plan.
But even with everything in place, reality can differ vastly from your vision. Perhaps the trip costs more that you budgeted, or takes longer than you expected. If you’re dealing with multiple airlines or modes of transportation, making the right connections (without losing your luggage or your patience) can be tough. And that’s just getting there. Arriving—and even just staying–can add a whole new realm of complexity.
Now: Picture getting your data-intensive VMware workloads to the cloud. All the complex logistics of a perfect vacation? Apply those to your virtual machines (VMs). But it doesn’t have to be overwhelmingly difficult or inconvenient. NetApp® Cloud Volumes Service for Google Cloud and VMware Engine make it quick, easy, and cost effective to get your critical workloads safely to the cloud—and to keep them there.
VMware Engine is a native VMware vSphere environment that’s fully integrated with Google Cloud. That means you can move your VMware workloads to Google Cloud without any major modification—what we call a true lift-and-shift migration solution. All management, networking services, and back-end infrastructure, as well as the operating platform, are run at scale by Google Cloud. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
But as you know, virtualized enterprise applications and databases can be data intensive, and the amount of data they generate is continually growing. Adding Cloud Volumes Service to the picture enables you to augment the native VMware Engine datastore without paying for extraneous compute. A fully managed solution for file storage, Cloud Volumes Service gives you all the data management capabilities of NetApp ONTAP® software, including data protection. Using SMB or NFS protocols, you can connect Cloud Volumes Service volumes to your VM guests to store large amounts of data or share data between VMs.
Cloud Volumes Service for Google Cloud, combined with VMware Engine, supports a variety of use cases:
NetApp and the Google Cloud VMware Engine team are hard at work on a new, hardier solution for your VMware. Keep an eye on our blog for new developments. And register for our September 16 webinar to find answers to all of your VM questions.
Karl works for NetApp as a Sr. Product Manager for Cloud Volumes Service at NetApp. Prior to that, he spent 8 years supporting NetApp customers around the world. And before NetApp, Karl had a lengthy career in corporate IT groups such as applications, architecture and operations.
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