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Switch to Hyper-V with the Hyper-V Switch Program – Part 1 By Michael Lubanski
If you are thinking about travelling down the road to the Microsoft Private Cloud, one of the challenges you might face is how to migrate your virtual machines from your current VMware platform to a Hyper-V platform. Sure, you could do this all by hand, using manual processes and file conversion tools, but that does not really make a good ROI story to tell your CIO. What you really want to know is how can you move off VMware when there seems to be limited guidance and proof points that justify the risk of migrating production virtual machines.
We understand your challenges and that is why we put together the Hyper-V Switch Program. The Hyper-V Switch program offers you:
There are essentially two major Hyper-V Switch scenarios. The first one is when there is an existing Hyper-V environment. If that’s the case, we’ll investigate the current Hyper-V infrastructure and evaluate if it’s capable of hosting the migrated virtual machines from the VMware environment. The assessment will include considerations to ensure that the new solution is at least as capable as the VMware environment.
The second scenario is when there is no existing Hyper-V environment or when the existing Hyper-V environment is determined to not be capable of hosting the VMware virtual machines workloads currently in production. In this case, we’d start with implementing the Hyper-V Fast Track to get the hardware in place. Then, MCS comes in to deploy the Hyper-V Cloud Jumpstart. Finally, we complete the migration with the Hyper-V Switch program.
In three phases you get:
During the discovery and assessment phase, we start with a discovery and assessment workshop. We then deploy the assessment tool to collect information about your current VMware environment and if you have a current Hyper-V environment set up, we’ll asses that too. After the assessment, we do an analysis of the data to determine what the right Hyper-V capacity will be required to support your VMware virtual machines. The discovery and assessment phase finishes off with recommendations for consolidation, migration, and proof of concept/pilot approaches. If there are workloads that have dependencies on other workloads, we’ll factor that information into the plan too.
Now we’re ready for the proof of concept/pilot phase. We’ll begin with a consolidation and migration decision leading workshop and do some knowledge transfer so that the teams are in line and aligned with the plan. We then will deploy the migration engine. With the migration engine in place, we’ll begin by migrating a small subset of virtual machines. There will be no downtime during this phase and the goal is to demonstrate that there is no loss of data and that applications run as expected in the new environment. That way, you’ll feel more confident of the solution and our approach and will be excited about completing the full migration!
Finally, there is the full consolidation and migration. Here we’ll work together with you on the full analysis and planning which will scope the entire consolidation and migration process. We’ll coordinate and execute the consolidation and migration of the workloads that are currently in your VMware infrastructure. To complete this consolidation and migration, we’ll bring in Microsoft Global Delivery, as they are a bit more cost effective than using a MCS consultant.
We’d like to think that we could do anything, but there are some hard decisions we’ve had to make to ensure that the entire process works quickly, effectively and can deliver a reasonable return on investment. Therefore, there are a few things that are out of scope for the Hyper-V Switch Program.
Out of scope activities include:
Hyper-V switch is a great way to get started on your journey to the Microsoft Private Cloud. The Hyper-V Switch Program take a look at your existing environment, makes a capacity assessment, makes a workload assessment and then completes a small pilot to make sure that your services continue to run the way you expect them to do. After the pilot phase, the switch process completes, and your IT Pros are trained on the technology so they can get the most out of it. In the second part of this series, we’ll take a look at the details of each of the steps in the Hyper-V Switch program.
Michael Lubanski US Private Cloud Center of Excellence Lead Microsoft Services firstname.lastname@example.org
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