Cloud Control: Setup Hybrid Cloud Migration Decisions

Document created by Anson McCook Expert on Nov 11, 2016Last modified by Anson McCook Expert on Jun 8, 2017
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**This document is a part of the Cloud Control Setup Overview [Start Here]. Targeting Public Cloud providers requires a license key that includes those features. If you are not able to add AWS, Azure or Softlayer with your current license please reach out to for more information.**


The following steps are required if you would like Turbonomic to provide migration or application scale out decisions across your private and public clouds.


1) Target a supported Cloud Provider

AWS: AWS Target Setup

Azure: Azure Target Setup

Softlayer: Cloud Control: SoftLayer Target Setup


2) Configure a Merge Policy

Configuring a merge policy between datacenters lets you expand the boundaries for where your VMs and Applications are allowed to live. In a hyrbid datacenter, VMs are allowed to migrate between on-prem locations and public cloud locations.


a) Go to the Policy Tab

b) Select Workload Placement

c) Create a new policy by click the green plus button

d) Name your policy and select Merge

e) Choose Data Center

f) Expand Physical Machines by Datacenter and use the Shift or Ctrl keys to multi-select the datacenters you'd like to merge.


In my example, you can see I've selected 2 on-prem datacenters and Softlayer's Dallas locations.


Click OK and Create to implement your merge rule.


3) Configure Action Settings

In order for a migration between datacenters be considered, Move and Storage Move actions must be set to the same action policy.


a) Go to the Policy Tab

b) Expand Action and select VM

c) Choose a VM group. You can choose a custom group, cluster, or your VM folders that contain VMs that should be allowed to migrate between on-prem and public cloud locations.

d) Set Move to either Recommend or Manual (or Automated if you have a migration tool configured)

e) Set Storage Move to have the same setting as Move


In my example, I have a custom group of VMs that are allowed to migrate between on-prem and public cloud locations. I have set both Move and Storage Move to Manual.


f) Click Apply Settings Change. Existing actions will clear from the user interface for a few minutes and then pop back up.


4) Turbonomic will now provide decisions on where to place workloads across on-prem and public cloud locations. As levels of utilization rise on-prem you may see workloads decide to live in the cloud. Alternatively, if on-prem utilization drops, VMs will migrate back on-prem.


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