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Configuring Multiple Machines for vCloud Air Disaster Recovery

This is a summary of a post that originally appeared on Chris Colotti’s Blog. You can find the original post here.

Having done multiple demonstrations of vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, Chris Colotti, Principal Technical Marketing Architect for vCloud Air, is often asked, “Can we configure multiple machines for replication?” As Chris found out (with the help of Akeem Jenkins and lab testing) the answer is yes! There are a few conditions that must be met first, but overall, the process of configuring multiple machines for replication is simple. Continue reading

VMware Announces Early Access Program for VMware vCloud Government Service

By Angelos Kottas

Over the summer, we initiated a private beta program for VMware vCloud Government Service provided by Carpathia to begin testing and validating its practical value for U.S. government agencies. To date, vCloud Government Service is being tested in civilian, defense, law enforcement and other Federal IT environments. Due to the progress those organizations are making, today we are launching an Early Access Program, inviting U.S. federal government agencies to purchase our enterprise-class hybrid cloud service for their cloud applications. This preview period provides agencies with the opportunity to prepare and test their applications while simultaneously pursuing their own FedRAMP Authority to Operate (ATO).

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Missed VMworld US 2014? Here’s What Happened in San Francisco!

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VMworld US 2014 brought a lot of new innovations to the virtualization industry and beyond. So before we start ramping up for VMworld Europe, held in Barcelona, Spain, let’s revisit what we announced in San Francisco.

A brief recap of VMworld San Francisco, 2014:

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Instantiate VMs with vCloud Air for $8 a Month

By Massimo Re Ferre

We have demonstrated in a previous blog post how vCloud Air is cheaper than AWS and Azure when considering price-performance. To get the same CPU performance out of Azure that you get from vCloud Air, you will need to use either more instances or larger instances – both contributing to a higher cost. To get the same storage performance out of AWS that you get from vCloud Air, you will need to provision more storage (as performance is tied to volume size) or higher classes of storage that are more expensive.

But what if performance is not the critical factor? What if the raw number of virtual machines that can be provisioned is more important?  That can be the case particularly in test and development scenarios where you focus more on the service wirings and architecture (versus raw performance).

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Increasing Cloudiness Means Growth Opportunities

This is a repost from The VAR Guy. You can find the original post here.

By Jay Workman

In a traditional software world, the channel role was both to sell and to provide services to customers. In the world of cloud computing, the primary opportunity is shifting to the services partners can offer their customers. These typically offer high margins and provide opportunity for ongoing high-touch engagements—both of which help partners build their businesses.

There are many successful companies that provide cloud services today, with consulting practices built around cloud strategy, cloud assessments, migration services, organizational change management and readiness, cloud management services, application modernization and orchestration and more.

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Think You’re Witty? Prove It! Announcing the vCloud Air Dilbert Caption Contest

If you follow us on Twitter @vCloud and attended VMworld last week, you might have been one of the lucky recipients of our specially made VMware vCloud Air Dilbert t-shirts.

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VMworld 2014 Day 4 (42 of 259)If you missed out, don’t worry, because we’ve teamed up with Scott Adams, the creator of everyone’s favorite office engineer, to keep the Dilbert fun going! Scott has created a very special hybrid cloud-themed comic, and we want you to help finish it. We’ll select our 10 favorite captions, and from those, Scott will select his favorite to win a Pebble Watch!

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There’s More to SaaS Than Meets the Eye

This is a guest post from iland, a member of the vCloud Air Network.

SaaS companies are really hot. Everyone is offering everything as a service – from applications to IT management itself, and everything in between. While we love to talk about the model in terms of Salesforce.com’s success, the growth of ServiceNow, or the triumph of AthenaHealth, there are hundreds and thousands of other, less “buzzy” SaaS businesses where you least expect it.

Why? Because software can be hidden. Just because the average football fan doesn’t have a login to the platform doesn’t mean it isn’t SaaS. Not all SaaS applications are customer facing, B2C, broad-based user-driven applications. And in fact, some of the most captivating ones are not. The magic behind the magic can be.. Well.. Magical.

One of our customers, Leica Geosystems, is just such a company. By correlating GPS data from satellites with other terrestrial and astronomical data points, they can actually provide pinpoint locations for hundreds of applications around the world. Whether they support engineering or surveying companies, or agriculture and construction, Leica’s data from this SmartNet application is mission critical and real time – and all behind the scenes. Continue reading

VMworld Attendees – Submit Your Session Surveys in the VMworld Mobile App!

The VMworld 2014 US mobile App is feature-rich and can be utilized to do anything from schedule a session to take a #vmworldselfie. This year, the VMworld team has included a VMworld Game which enables users to win points for participating in events, attending sessions, scanning QR codes, and completing surveys.

We strongly encourage all VMworld attendees to complete the surveys following each session! Session presenters take your feedback very seriously, and for those who hold repeat sessions during VMworld, will often integrate your feedback into the second showing. Help us improve the VMworld session content for fellow attendees by providing your feedback, and win some points in the VMworld app in the process. Here’s how you to fill out a survey:

1. Open the VMworld 2014 US Mobile App on your device.
2. Tap on the menu icon in the top left corner of the app’s home screen.

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VMworld 2014 US: IT’s Most Wanted List: Get Me a Mobile Backbone

By: Ajay Patel

Mobility at Enterprise Scale: The Next Challenge for Developers and IT

As humans, without our backbone we’d flop around like a wet noodle, our organs wouldn’t function well, and messages back and forth from the brain would be unprotected. Backbones give us the flexibility and the structure to move – especially to move fast, in many directions, and in big ways.

Demands for mobile apps are exploding from all quarters – wherever there’s a focus on better customer connection and team effectiveness. IT is challenged to deliver the right balance of flexibility — to empower developers to create great mobile apps — and structure — to ensure that the organization can move to keep up with the pace of mobile, securely and at anticipated scale.

The answer, as in our bodies, is a backbone. A mobile backbone enables developers and IT to easily connect mobile applications to enterprise systems and third party services, and provides choice from among the top mobile development tools to deliver compelling user experiences. With a mobile backbone, IT can support the explosive growth and compressed development cycles of mobile applications, while handling all of the security, connectivity, and governance requirements.

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Tech Preview: vCloud Air Object Storage

By Mathew Lodge

VMware made some significant announcements today around vCloud Air (previously vCloud Hybrid Service) at VMworld San Francisco 2014. One of the announcements was on a new storage service – vCloud Air Object Storage.

VMware vCloud Air today has two block storage tiers, Standard and SSD-Accelerated, which look to a virtual machine like a block volume. Object Storage acts as low-speed, long-term storage for buckets of unstructured data and isn’t associated with any specific virtual machine.

VMware vCloud Air Object Storage is a highly scalable, cost-effective, and dependable storage solution that can easily scale up to petabytes, and you only pay for the storage in use. Based on EMC’s ViPR technology, it offers the popular S3 API, including lifecycle management and versioning features to simplify and reduce management overhead. Data durability is 11 nines per object, and data can be accessed via HTTP and HTTPS.

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