VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension (previously known as HCX technologies) was announced by VMware last year during VMworld 2017 Europe and it aimed at following use cases:
- Simplified Data Center Migration: Seamless migration of appliactions from on-premise to cloud.
- Infrastructure Hybridity: Hybrid Cloud Extension enables seamless cloud on-boarding.
- Disaster Recovery: In the event of a disaster, Hybrid Cloud Extension recovers the networking layer. Traffic routes are maintained as before the disaster, resulting in high-speed disaster recovery with low downtime.
- Multi-Cloud Application Support: Hybrid Cloud Extension enables application components to exist in the multi-cloud world.
So what exactly is VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension?
VMware Hybrid Cloud Extension is a SaaS offering that provides application mobility and infrastructure hybridity across different vSphere versions, on-premises and in the cloud.
To know more HCX, please see the VMware HCX FAQ section.
VMware journey from HCM to HCX
Before HCX solution, VMware offered a similar product named “Hybrid Cloud Manager (HCM) ” to support their vCloud Air service. Customers were using HCM to migrate workloads from their on-premise to vCloud Air using HCM. Also it offered features like L2 network stretch, cold migration and vMotion to cloud.