Virtual disk (VM) transfers in the cloud
There are two sets of use cases:
- Within a development team
- Within IT
Developers carry between one to three VM’s on their laptops. They often transfer them to other developers/QA Engineers in their own team, or other teams for integration testing.
IT (regular file transfer, no streaming):
IT receives a VM that is packaged and ready for deployment – either developed by an in-house/contracting application development team, or buys it from an external vendor.
The VM is transferred to a staging (pre-production) fileshare from which it can be loaded on to one or more test servers.
When the app within the VM passes acceptance tests, it is transferred to a production fileshare, from which it can be loaded on to one or more production servers.
The VM can also be transferred to archival storage.