Moving existing customer data into a VM

Existing data can be migrated to the desired VM via an ISO file, a FTP server or a VPN. Because large volumes of data are usually involved, it's worth checking beforehand which data is required and only migrating that data.

Also check the security of data transfer because the data is transferred over the Internet.

Creating an ISO File

There are two ways to upload your data to the cloud: the first is to upload it using an ISO file as described in chapter 6.2.2 Uploading ISO/FLP and other files. This is done by turning the required data into an ISO file and using vCloud Director to load it into one of the catalogues within your vOrg.

Advantage: All you need is the relevant software for creating an ISO file. The data is transferred via HTTPS.

Disadvantage: You use twice the necessary storage space in the cloud: once in the catalogue for the ISO file and once as a disk on the VM on which the data is stored. However the ISO file can subsequently be deleted again.

FTP server

The second way to migrate your data is to make the data available on an FTP server. You then start the transfer via the VM. You can choose the level of security you require for the data transfer. This can be either SFTP, FTPS or FTP. When using FTP, we recommend setting up an IPsec tunnel between your location and the vOrg.

Advantage: This is relatively easy to do yourself and requires little additional hardware. A NAS or existing FTP server can be used for this purpose.

Disadvantage: Any additional hardware needs to be acquired and configured. The bandwidth at the site of the FTP server may be too narrow to transfer the data within a reasonable timeframe.

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