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Anybody running VMware’s VMotion in production?

Don’t know what VMware VMotion is? VMotion allows you to easily move one virtual machine to another VMware ESX host that is connected to the same storage mechanism (presumably SAN) with no downtime. Looks promising 🙂

Image courtesy of VMware

Image courtesy of VMware

Dell has a demonstration using Microsoft SQL Server where they move the live SQL Server from one blade to another with no outage:

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  1. There is an opensource plugin, SVMotion, that may be of some use to those people using VMotion:

    SVMotion is a VMware Infrastructure (VI) client plug-in that extends the client’s functionality by providing an integrated, graphical tool that can be used to invoke storage VMotion (SVMotion) operations.


  2. atstriker2000 says:

    Short answer, yes.
    I am a consultant, and have been for years, I have worked at enterprise companies, fortune 50, and the ones that run VMware (about 1/2) use it mostly BECAUSE of VMotion. HA and DRS us VMotion for their magic, and it’s an integral part of an enterprise class VMware rollout. It’s also an area that they’re years ahead of Citrix and MS with that piece of virtualization.

    My 2 cents. Email me if you want names.

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