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VMware long-distance vMotion

Contributor(s): Ryan Lanigan

Long-distance vMotion is a feature available in VMware vSphere 6.0 that allows virtual machines (VMs) to be migrated over long distances. Long-distance vMotion raises the allowable network round-trip latency that vSphere will allow; this vastly extends the potential migration distance for virtual machines

Use cases for long-distance vMotion include data center upgrades, testing, workload balancing and disaster avoidance and recovery. For example if there is a hurricane coming to Florida, a company could use long-distance vMotion to reliably migrate workloads to a data center across the country or to another continent that will not be affected by the storm. 

Long-distance vMotion requires the Enterprise Plus license of vSphere.

This was last updated in January 2016

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