Boomerang from Unitrends is an excellent tool for cloud migration or replicating VMware Virtual Machines into the cloud – It can perform VMware to AWS or VMware to Azure Virtual Machine cloud migration using a very simple dashboard and VM appliance.
Boomerang can also be used to replicate a VMware environment to a Disaster Recovery site to run VMs as an alternative from an on premise site or datacentre, it can perform VMware to Amazon AWS or VMware to Microsoft Azure Disaster Recovery.
Move or cloud migration, VMware to AWS or VMware to Azure is a very simple process which is outlined in this step by step article in moving and migrating to the cloud below. This can be all part of you journey to the cloud, taking a step by step approach.
Using the cloud is the cheaper option, as all you pay for is cloud storage and compute, not the underlying infrastructure and the time it takes to deploy or provision this infrastructure for your Disaster Recovery site.
The cost of provisioning another datacentre for DR is costly, building together with routers, switches, cabling, hardware, licensing for hypervisors etc is expensive. The list goes on.
This is all extra cost for something you may never actually use to its full potential unless a disaster is actually provoked, and even then it normally only runs for a period of time until migration back to the original on premise datacentre is performed.
Using the cloud, resources are billed on-demand, depending on the cloud platform – Amazon AWS bills Compute per hour. Storage costs are billed per GB used.
However the Virtual Machines don`t have to be running all the time and being billed for Compute. The way this works is Virtual Machines are replicated (this can be scheduled or run automatically) from the customers on premise (original datacentre) to inexpensive AWS S3 storage. When a Disaster Recovery is triggered and initiated or migration is planned, S3 replicated data is converted to AMIs and cloud foundry is used to spin up EC2 instances in the cloud either using the original IP address or different IP.
This can all be achieved performing easy replication, disaster recovery setup, optimization for VM recovery or migration within hours using a simple web interface to migrate cloud.
Restore or copyback can be used when the time is ready to failback to the original datacentre.
Prerequisites for Boomerang cloud migration at the time of writing this article is as follows:
Boomerang is run as a Virtual Appliance in OVA format.
Boomerang works with VMware ESXi only to migrate Virtual Machines.
Minimum VMware requirements for Boomerang are:
ESX 5.x and above using paid or licensed (not ESXi Free version)
2 vCPUs assigned to the VM
6GB RAM assigned to the VM
16GB Hard Drive (Thin provisioned)
VMXNET 3 Virtual Network Adaptor
Compatible browsers to use Boomerang appliance interface.
Internet Explorer 10+
Steps for configuration and cloud migration of VMware Virtual Machines to AWS
Deploy the OVA into VMware vSphere Client, click next and deploy the Virtual Machine into your environment.