Introducing OnCommand Shift

Have you ever tried to migrate a virtual machine from one hypervisor to another? If so, you will have quickly realized that it isn’t as easy as it should be. In a time of software defined everything, you would hope that converting a virtual machine from one hypervisor format to another would be fairly straight forward. Until now, it has been a very painful process requiring complete data copies, extended periods of downtime, and costly migration tools.

Today, NetApp is changing the game. Again.


OnCommand Shift is a new tool released today that allows you to quickly and easily migrate or “Shift” your virtual machines from one hypervisor to another. Do you want to know the best part? NetApp is providing this tool free of charge.

Say What?

Yes, the tool is free. FREE.

The initial release of OnCommand Shift supports VMware ESXi 5.0 (and newer) and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V (and newer) and requires a FAS2240 or newer controller running Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 or later.

OnCommand Shift uses several technologies under the covers to provide a conversion process that is simple, cost effective, and most importantly, FAST.

Here is an overview of the process:
1. Collect data
2. Snapshot VM
3. Remove hypervisor integration tools
4. Migrate VM
5. Configure networking

Seems pretty simple, right? I know what you are probably thinking…”How is this faster or different that those other migration tools?”

The magic is how OnCommand Shift leverages the power of Clustered Data ONTAP. The process uses NetApp’s FlexClone technology to make a writable space efficient clone of the virtual machine and then generates the new metadata needed to convert the virtual machine from one hypervisor to another. The process takes only a few minutes. Once complete, you are left with a converted virtual machine that takes up only a tiny amount of extra space.


For more information:

OnCommand Shift Data Sheet:

NetApp Communities Blog Post: OnCommand Shift Blog

You can download OnCommand Shift here:  OnCommand Shift Download

Look for another post soon that will include more technical details as well as a demo.

Happy Shifting!

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