Using Velostrata with Azure Marketplace Licensing

Thank you for choosing Velostrata for your hybrid cloud workload mobility and cloud migration needs.

Velostrata software helps organizations move VMware workloads from on-premises to and from Azure quickly, easily and with no risk.

To deploy and use Velostrata with Azure Marketplace, please review and complete the following actions:

  1. Subscribe to Velostrata on the Azure Marketplace.
  2. Verify environment configuration and deployment prerequisites
  3. Deploy Velostrata Manager on-premises and create your Velostrata Cloud Extension using VMWare vCenter
  4. Move your first VMWare workload to cloud!

Step 1. Subscribe to Velostrata on Azure Marketplace

The Velostrata subscription on Azure Marketplace enables you to run and migrate VMWare-based workloads from on-premises to your Azure subscription and VNET without requiring additional license purchases.

Velostrata is licensed per workload virtual machine that you run on an Azure Virtual Machine (VM). Consult with the Azure Marketplace listing for up-to-date pricing on different Virtual Machine types. The Shared-core Azure VM type is offered at no additional cost for the Velostrata subscription for product testing and evaluation purposes.

Azure IaaS resources (e.g. compute, storage, networking, etc.) for the selected workload VMs, as well as for the Velostrata virtual appliances in cloud, will be charged by Azure separately, per Azure pricing schedule.

Note:  you may change a workload Azure VM type at any time using the Velostrata plug-in for VMWare vCenter Web Client or Velostrata Powershell Module on-premises, using the Velostrata “Reconfigure VM” feature.

To Subscribe

    1. Open the Azure Portal and logon with your account credentials.
    2. Navigate to the Azure Marketplace (typically available on the portal dashboard) and search for Velostrata.

    3. You will need to subscribe separately to the Windows-based workload option and to the Linux-based workload option. Subscribe to both if you intend to run or migrate a mix of such workloads with Velostrata.
  • To subscribe, click on the Velostrata Windows-based or Linux-based workload entry on the Azure Marketplace to open the corresponding details page.
  • Click on “Want to deploy programmatically? Get Started ” at the bottom of the page

  • Click on “Enable” for the subscription on which you want to allow the Velostrata Azure Marketplace offer.

  • Click on “Save”
  • You may now return to the product page for further access to reference materials if needed.

Important Notice: The procedure described above enables Azure Marketplace billing for the Velostrata subscription. The subscription is not intended for use with the manual VM create option on the Azure Marketplace portal, API or CLI. It is only intended for programmatic use triggered by the Velostrata Manager on-premises.

If you have launched an Azure VM using the Azure Marketplace Portal, Azure API or CLI, please terminate the VM and follow the procedure outlined on this page and in the Velostrata Documentation.

To run or migrate your workloads from on-premises to Azure, you will need to use the Velostrata plugin for VMWare vCenter Web Client or the Velostrata Powershell Module on-premises; the launch into Azure will be automatically managed using the Velostrata plug-in or Powershell controls on-premises.

Step 2. Verify environment configuration and deployment pre-requisites

In order to use the Velostrata solution and run or migrate your workloads from on-premises to Azure, you will need to ensure the following environment configuration has been set up:

  1. Azure Virtual Network (VNET), including Subnets and Network Security Groups
  2. Azure AD Application ID and keys and Velostrata related role and privileges
  3. VPN or Azure ExpressRoute from on-premises to the Azure VNET
  4. VMWare vCenter service account and privileges for Velostrata.

The complete instructions along with setup examples and ready-to-use powershell scripts are available in the Velostrata Documentation Center site: http://docs.velostrata.com

To access the documentation site, use the following login credentials:

User: guest115
Password: G0Cl0ud!

If you encounter any issues, please contact support@velostrata.com.

Step 3. Deploy Velostrata Manager and create your Velostrata Cloud Extension on VMware vCenter on-premises

Once the environment configuration has been completed and verified, you may download and deploy the Velostrata Manager virtual appliance on VMware on-premises.

  1. Make sure you have the Azure Subscription ID (36 characters, including dashes) which you enabled on the Azure Marketplace.
  2. Download the Velostrata Manager virtual appliance (OVA) from:  http://tiny.cc/velos-v2-ova-marketplace.
  3. Follow the instructions in the Velostrata Documentation Site (http://docs.velostrata.com) to:
  • Deploy the Velostrata Manager virtual appliance in your VMWare vCenter environment.
  • Important: enter the 36-character Azure Subscription ID in the Subscription ID field in the OVA deployment “Customize template” step.

  • Connect to the Velostrata Manager virtual appliance on-premises with a web browser and complete the vSphere Plug-in registration. See documentation site for “Registering the Velostrata vSphere Plug-in”
  • Login to the VMWare vCenter Web Client and right click on the vDatacenter you wish to extend to cloud. Select the “Velostrata Operations” menu and click “Add Cloud Extension”

  • Configure a new Velostrata Cloud Extension with your Azure subscription and Application ID and credentials. Make sure to select “Azure Marketplace” as license type.
  • Creation of a new Cloud Extension takes about 20 minutes on average.

Contact support@velostrata.com if you require any assistance.

Step 4. Move your first VMWare workload to cloud!

When a Velostrata Cloud Extension is ready and listed on the vCenter Web Client vDatacenter summary page as Active, you may proceed to run or migrate a workload to Azure.

  1. Login to the vCenter Web Client using a web browser
  2. Click on the vDatacenter to which you have added a Velostrata Cloud Extension and select the Summary Tab. Verify that the Cloud Extension name appears in the Velostrata portlet and that its state is marked Active.
  3. Select any VM based on Windows 2008 R2 or higher or based on supported Linux distributions (RHEL/Centos 6 & 7, SUSE 11), right click on the VM and select the “Velostrata Operations” menu, then select “Run in Cloud” or “Migrate.”

Important note: On Linux VMs you will need to install the Velostrata prep package (RPM) before running in cloud or migrating, along with supporting packages from the respective distribution as indicated during package installation. See “Running Your First VM in Cloud” section in the Velostrata documentation site for package download information.

Please refer to the Velostrata documentation site (http://docs.velostrata.com) for detailed instructions and additional capabilities and management options.

Contact support@velostrata.com if you require any assistance.