VMware vCloud Hybrid Service introduces lower cost storage
May 5, 2014 Leave a comment
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) is an Infrastructure as a Service cloud offering owned and operated by VMware. It is available in datacenters located in the US and a datacenter located in the UK.
Besides hosting virtual servers recently VMware added a service to use vCHS for disaster recovery.
More information on vCHS services can be found in the Service Description.
Announced today is the availability of an additional storage tier in vCHS. Besides the already available SSD-accelerated storage tier now also a Standard Tier is available.Standard Storage is a low-cost storage option available with the Dedicated and Virtual Private Cloud offerings from vCloud Hybrid Service. Standard Storage is cheaper and is suited for low IOPS workloads like webservers.
The tier of storage used by a virtual machine harddisk can be changed by the admin. Strangely enough the migration does not seem to use VMware vSphere Storage Migration which migrates virtual disks without downtime. Mind the warning when storage is adjusted: all virtual machines can experience downtime . Not sure why this warning is presented.
The core subscription for Dedicated Cloud includes 6TB of either Standard Storage or SSD-Accelerated Storage and the core subscription for Virtual Private Cloud includes 2TB of either Standard Storage or SSD-Accelerated Storage. At the time of purchase, you can
specify which type of storage should be included with your instance on vCloud Hybrid Service. After the time of purchase, you can purchase more of the same storage option or the other option via the My VMware portal or by submitting a purchase order.
Read this VMware blog for more information. Costs of this new storage tier were not available at the time of publication of this blog.