vSphere 6.0 or later lets you migrate virtual machines between vCenter Server instances.

Migration of virtual machines across vCenter Server systems is helpful in certain VM provisioning cases.

  • Balance workloads across clusters and vCenter Server instances.
  • Elastically expand or shrink capacity across resources in different vCenter Server instances in the same site or in another geographical area .
  • Move virtual machines between environments that have different purposes, for example, from a development to production.
  • Move virtual machines to meet different Service Level Agreements (SLAs) regarding storage space, performance, and so on.
Note: During the migration of a virtual machine to another vCenter Server system, the performance data that has been collected about the virtual machine is lost.