Live Workload Migrations just got easier with SMS

AWS’s Server Migration Service (SMS) is an agentless service that will migrate live VMware virtual machines to AWS.  Support for other hypervisors is coming soon according to Amazon.  With SMS each Virtual Machine is migrated to an AMI that is created that is ready to launch.

This service is intended to replace the VM Import service since it allows live server migration where VM Import does not. Getting started is easy, simply install a small OVA appliance in your vCenter environment and connect to your account, keep in mind that SMS will need permission to create and delete snapshots on the VMs that will be migrated.

Once you have the appliance installed through the SMS console, you can automate, schedule, and track the incremental replication of your VM’s, giving you the visibility and capability to migrate workloads of any size.  SMS also offers incremental replications giving you flexibility and reducing network bandwidth usage, and also reduces server downtime.

SMS is currently only available in US East, Asia Pacific (Sydney), and EU (Ireland),  with other regions coming soon. Currently only Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, and 2016, and Windows 7, 8, and 10; Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE/SLES, CentOS, Ubuntu, Oracle Linux, Fedora, and Debian Linux operating systems are supported.

For more details and pricing head on over to AWS Server Migration Service site.