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Need to Get off That Cloud? A Virtual Moving Van

Kevin Fogarty | March 4, 2011
Moving data and applications between cloud providers is a sticky problem that the industry will likely take years to solve. But a new tool from Racemi can ease some of the pain.

A September survey from data-center software company Zenoss showed that 79 percent of those surveyed use VMware hypervisors, but Citrix' Xen is the second most popular, named by 32.7 percent. These results imply that mixed environments may be more common that some surveys show.

Half the Zenoss respondents had no tools or virtually no tools to manage their cloud-computing environments, however, including migration and on-boarding automation software.

It's that function the Racemi software is designed for, as much as for cross-platform migration.

Not every workload or every IT service runs effectively in the cloud, or runs well when based full time in the cloud, notes Racemi CEO Lawrence Guillory. Automating the movement of workloads among hypervisors or between clouds and internal data centers gives customers another set of optimization options for both environments, he says.

Maybe, Chen says. But it's still not a common requirement.

"Adoption of cloud computing might accelerate some of that, if people want to move between a public and private cloud, the functionality will be useful," Chen says. "There's not a lot of back-and-forth between hypervisors or clouds right now, so it might be a marginal thing for a while."


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