VMware vCloud Connector received an update today with it's 2.5 release. This update comes shortly after the introduction of VMware's Hybird Cloud Service (vHCS).vCloud Connector Core is available to all current vSphere and vCloud Director customers as a free download. To get support for the Core edition of vCloud Connector, you must have an active support contract for vSphere or vCloud Director.
vCloud Connector Advanced includes the Data center Extension and Content Sync features, is available as a part of the vCloud Suites and the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service.
One of the new features in vCloud Connector 2.5 includes the ability to perform bulk offline workload migration to VMware vHCS. Offline Data Transfer (ODT) can be requested as a service from MyVMware with VMware provided NAS with up to 12TB of space per device.
There has also been improvements with in transfer performance using path optimization and the UDT protocol. The previous version the transfer from the vCC Nodes used a sequential method that exported the VM to source node as VMDK & OVF, then transferred the VMDK & OVF to destination node and finally imported the VMDK & OVF from destination node into the destination Cloud. Using Path Optimization the export / transfer / import process all run in parallel to fully utilize the full bandwidth of the connection.
vCloud Connector Advanced Edition includes the ability to extend your data-center in to a public cloud by creating a Layer 2 extension over a SSL VPN tunnel. Data Center Extension (DCE) give you the ability to move workloads from the data center to the secondary data-center or public cloud while
retaining its network settings, including MAC & IP addresses. Avoiding these networking changes for applications and servers within your infrastructure speeds up the ability to migrate workloads in (and out) of a publicly provided service or secondary data-center. Keep in mind that this is transfer that requires the workload(s) to be powered off during the migration.
The content synching ability allows you to publish a vCloud catalog or vSphere folder and then
subscribe to it from one or multiple vSphere folders or vCloud catalogs. When changes are made to the folder or catalog on either end, the changes are synchronized to it's partner. This functionality enables the you to provision new workloads to either data-center depending on your preference or the requirements of the application without worrying about if a template or catalog item is up to date or the latest version.
The vCloud Connector FAQ provides answers to many common questions around this release.