Proving the appellation of Cloud Platform with-no-constraints, CirrusGrid allows to easily move environments between Clouds in order to find out which one meets your requirements the best. This procedure consists of 2 main stages – export of the already existing environment (we’ll consider this operation in details below) and its subsequent import to the target CirrusGrid installation. Both of these operations will take just a few minutes. As a result, you’ll receive an identical ready-to-work copy of your environment being run at another CirrusGrid installation.
Tip: For the Environment Export / Import feature to work properly, the initial hosting provider platform (i.e. you are exporting the environment from) should have the 7979 port opened, which is intended to be used for downloading source files of the moved environment during the subsequent import operation.
During the export, all information about environment (i.e. its topology settings, deployed applications, links to the archives with configurations and private data it contains, etc) is packed into a single .json file. This compact JSON package can be simply downloaded to your local computer for being stored and/or deployed at another CirrusGrid platform.
So in order to export a copy of your environment, log into your CirrusGrid account and follow the instruction below:
Select Settings button for the environment you would like to export (named my-application in our case).
Note: that environment should have the Running status for being exported.
2. In the opened Settings tab, navigate to the Export section and click on the same-named button.
3. Within the appeared Environment Export dialog, you can choose which data should be exported (tick all options to get the fully identical environment copy):
Note: For ensuring your application and data safety, it is highly recommended not to delete original of the exported environment until its copy is successfully imported to another platform.
Once the required for export data is defined, click the Export button to proceed.
Depending on the type of containers your environment contains, you should take into account the following points:
In addition, you’ll receive the appropriate email notification with link to the list of your exported environments.
You can create as many exported environments' archives as you need, but note that all of them will be stored in your disc space, which is charged according to your hosting service provider’s tariffs. If a particular file is no longer needed, you can delete it by means of clicking the red cross button right before the corresponding string.
That’s all! You have successfully exported your environment copy. Now, you can proceed to its importing to the target platform in order to complete the migration.
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