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VMware makes cloud jumping easy

Tom Henderson and Brendan Allen | March 14, 2011
VMware's vCloud Connector (VCC) is a free VMware virtual appliance and vSphere plug-in that makes it a snap to transfer VMware virtual machines, templates and vApps between clouds.

But all was not entirely glorious. The GUI doesn't update well when outside changes are made to vCloud Director. For example, we created a new catalog in vCloud Director at BlueLock, and it didn't show up until we restarted the entire vSphere client rather than refreshed data about the object that had changed.

VMware says that's how it's supposed to work, but we're betting they change it because it's really inconvenient. The Reload Data command, used on objects to refresh the observation of their state, doesn't work either. OK, VCC is 1.0.

Overall, the vCloud Connector is seductively convenient. The limitations are: vSphere requires IE7+ only (other browser users: go fish as vSphere is oddly captive to Windows), it currently doesn't refresh object states easily — relegating it to quick-and-dirty movements, and finally, it doesn't work with other VMware VM movement tools, like High Availability clustering or vMotion.

But it's free. And it's got the very seductive quality of doing tricks that only command-line lovers can do.


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