Getting started with Velostrata

Introduction

This how-to guide walks you through the high level, end-to-end deployment steps to set up Velostrata and migrate your VMs to Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

About Velostrata

Velostrata gets enterprise applications running in GCP within minutes, while data migrates transparently in the background. With Velostrata, enterprises can validate, run, and migrate applications into GCP without rewriting them, modifying the image, or changing management processes.

For more information on the Velostrata solution architecture, capabilities, and terminology, see the GCP reference architecture.

Requirements for migration with Velostrata

Review the requirements for migrations from VMware or AWS.

GCP configuration

Before deploying Velostrata, complete the GCP configuration steps.

Deploying the Velostrata Manager on GCP

Once GCP is configured, you can proceed with installing the Velostrata Manager by following the configuration instructions.

Preparing VMware vSphere as a source

To migrate VMs from an on-premises environment to GCP, you need to prepare vSphere for connection to GCP.

Velostrata On-Premises Backend virtual appliance deployment

To prepare for migrating your VMware vSphere VMs on-premises to GCP, the Velostrata On-Premises Backend virtual appliance has to be deployed. Only one Velostrata Backend can be registered with each Velostrata Manager. Deploy multiple pairs of backends and managers when you have multiple vSphere vCenter servers or vSphere deployments.

See detailed instructions.

VMware vCenter plugin deployment

After the Velostrata On-Premises Backend virtual appliance is deployed, you need to create the Velostrata vCenter service account and role, then register and enable vCenter Web Client integration using the Velostrata vCenter Plugin.

See Deploying the Velostrata Backend.

Create a Cloud Extension using vCenter Web Client

Install one or more Cloud Extensions in GCP by following these steps.

Preparing AWS EC2 as source

If you wish to use AWS as a source, you need to first prepare your AWS environment and connect it to GCP.

Complete the AWS prerequisites before proceeding.

Create a Velostrata Cloud Extension using the Velostrata Manager

Configure one or more Cloud Extensions in GCP by following these steps.

This includes creating the relevant Cloud Credentials and Cloud Details for the AWS source.

Migrate your first VM

After the Velostrata Manager and Cloud Extension are configured and operational, you're ready to start migrating VMs to GCP.

Instructions for some of the most common operations can be found in the following links:

Getting help

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