Microsoft are keen on everyone moving to Azure and as part of that push they have announced that they will retire their VM converter (MVMC).
As of June next year the download will be removed from their website. The interesting bit is the replacement, Azure Recovery Services. If you still want the old tool it might be wise to go and download it whilst you can.
Azure Recovery Services can convert to different formats both in the cloud and on premise but it has to be done in the Azure cloud. The VM doesn’t need to live in Azure but it’s involved in the process. Microsoft will offer free hosting for a month to facilitate the stop gap.
VMware offer Vcenter Converter to facilitate conversions. It allows physical to virtual and virtual to virtual conversions without downtime. It can even support concurrent conversions for large scale implementations.
There has never been a better time to consolidate your physical estate to virtual hardware. Not only are there savings on compute and storage but also the agility to move workloads easily between hosts and to gain better backup and recovery through leading tools such as Veeam; a platform dedicated to virtual backup and replication.
Many of Consilium’s customers have done just that. We replace several traditional physical servers to one or two hosts and then replicate the VM’s to a data centre for resilience. No more swapping tapes or worrying about data recovery. All those problems are offloaded. With IaaS and SaaS this can all be done without upfront capital costs with the solution invoices on a per month basis.
Contact Consilium today to see how we can help migrate your servers to a virtual environment. Consilium are a Microsoft gold partner for Virtualisation and a VMware Enterprise Partner.