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VMware vCloud Air Recovery as a Service at a Glance

Safeguarding all your applications and data without blowing your budget or creating a complex solution that’s not only hard to implement but nearly impossible to manage can be quite the challenge. As a result, many enterprises are only able to protect their most important workloads, and rely on backups for everything else.

Such is the case for many VMware customers, who most often use VMware Site Recovery Manager or perhaps an offsite hosting partner, for Tier 1 and Tier 2 workloads.

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Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day is Coming Soon, but for IT Leaders the Future is Now

Did you know Thursday, December 8th is Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day? As the name timetravelersuggests, it’s all about pretending to be a time traveler who has somehow ended up in the present day.

VMware is full of technology gurus who architect software-defined data centers and extend them to the cloud, using ideas and technologies that are so cutting edge, you’d think they were sent back from the future.

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How to Use and Interpret the vCloud Availability for vCloud Director Business Calculator – Part 2

This post is Part 2 of a 2-part blog series on how to best use and interpret the vCloud Availability for vCloud Director Business Calculator. Part 1 provides a broad overview of the market and VMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director. Part 2 takes a deeper dive on how to utilize the Business Calculator. 

To read part 1 of this series, click here.

By Guy Bartram, Director, Product Marketing, VMware vCloud Air Network

Using the Business Calculator

You can access the business calculator at the Partner Central link: “vCloud Air Network Services IP”.

Capital Expenditure Modeling

On the sheet called CapEx Modeling you can change any cell highlighted GREY and with Bold Red Text

  • Input your number of VM for Premium / Standard and Basic Tiers of Disaster Recovery Service.
  • Input the approximate number of virtual CPU (vCPU), virtual RAM (vRAM) and storage for each VM in each Tier
  • Input the contention ratio of compute (vCPU) for each tier, usually the lower the service, the higher it is contented with other resources.

The Calculator will then work out the total vCPU, vRAM and storage that would be required based on volume and contention. Other fields that are relevant are:

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From London to Las Vegas, Gartner and VMware Talk Data Center Modernization

It should come as no surprise that earlier this week at the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & summits_logo-pngwae1939c398a5538d1Operations Management Summit in the United Kingdom, a prime topic of conversation was data center modernization. As demands for innovation grows, and digital business evolves, making the public cloud a part of your IT infrastructure has become a business imperative. It should also come as no surprise that VMware vCloud® Air™, a leader in this conversation, helps you leverage the benefits of public cloud without sacrificing investments that you’ve already made in your data center.

Since it’s built on the solid foundation of VMware vSphere®,  vCloud Air is the ready-to-run public cloud solution that allows you to seamlessly extend your data center to the cloud, yet still leverage the same infrastructure, network, security, management, and skills you already use with your onsite environment. By extending the same platform and operations model you use in your onsite data center to the cloud, you can deploy and run your applications onsite, offsite, or both—without compromise and with less risk.

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How to Use and Interpret the vCloud Availability for vCloud Director Business Calculator – Part 1

This post is Part 1 of a 2-part blog series on how to best use and interpret the vCloud Availability for vCloud Director Business Calculator. Part 1 provides a broad overview of the market and VMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director. Part 2 takes a deeper dive on how to utilize the Business Calculator.

By Guy Bartram

Service Providers are keen to grow their bottom line revenues with existing customers and also seamlessly on-board net new customers. Attracting customers into their data center enables providers to upsell additional services and products to tenants and generate multiplier revenues.

The 2015 IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey identified Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) as the largest opportunity area for providers (fig1), with the next most likely being Storage as a Service. This survey of enterprise customers shows that they are not only concerned about recovery ability, but also that traditional syndicated recovery services are not as financially viable as cloud storage and disaster recovery which (activated on demand) provides far more flexibility and costs saving over traditional approaches.

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Take a Deep Dive Through vCloud Air Security and Management Features in this Webcast Series!

Looking to dig a little deeper into the technical side of VMware vCloud® Air™? Then sign up now for our “Technically Speaking” webcast series this December to gain a thorough understanding of all the security and management features that vCloud Air offers.

Unlike cloud offerings that only support new applications and rely on proprietary management tools, vCloud Air supports any new or existing application and leverages the same tools, technologies and skills that VMware customers already use on-premises. That means you won’t have to re-architect applications or network design just to make the move to the cloud.

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Why Upgrade to VMware vCloud Director 8.10 – Part One

There’s no better time to upgrade your data center to vCloud Director 8.10, the latest version of our management solution for multi-tenant cloud environments. Released in May 2016, Version 8.10 of vCloud Director offers an enhanced architecture and new features that provide a more flexible and comprehensive platform for delivering infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions on the hybrid cloud.

This blog post – part one of a two part series – will make the case for why vCloud Director 8.10’s feature updates are critical to the next iteration of your data center. Below we’ve outlined three key reasons to upgrade to vCloud Director 8.10:

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How Does A DMZ-Zone for Hybrid Clouds Actually Work?

While the cloud is revolutionary for enterprises, security issues are stalling migration. In our previous blog, we highlighted how vCloud Air Hybrid DMZ resolves those barriers.

Essentially, the DMZ is a single connection point and security layer that extends security concepts from on-premises to the cloud. It also brings management consolidation, performance improvements, and cost reductions. We’ve already covered those details. Now, we’ll turn our attention to how Hybrid DMZ works, referencing example designs as well.

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The Role of vCloud Air in VMware’s Cloud Strategy

At the recent VMworld conferences in both Las Vegas and Barcelona, VMware announced new partnerships with IBM and Amazon Web Services, which provide additional ways for customers to extend to the public cloud with a VMware-based SDDC architecture. These new partnerships build on the hybrid cloud strategy that VMware has been delivering and continues to deliver through vCloud Air and the vCloud Air Network.

Companies are already investing in public clouds like AWS and Azure, building new cloud-first applications that take full advantage of these platforms. However, they recognize that 85% of their workloads still remain on-premises. To take advantage of what cloud computing offers, organizations will have to decide what the best path for migration will be for these applications:

Top Ten Ways VMware vCloud Air is Better than Thanksgiving

1. Modernizing your Data Center through vCloud Air won’t gobble your budget.

2. Cloud Migration with Hybrid Cloud Manager supports stretched networks. The elastic in your sweatpants however, notsomuch.

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