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Cloud Computing is Here to Stay

When cloud computing first came on the scene, it was viewed primarily as a way to cut capital Enabling Business (1)and operating expenses. Now, IT is beginning to realize the advantage of the cloud lies in its ability to drive business agility and innovation. The powerful advantages of the cloud are creating a whole new world of opportunities for businesses ready to seize them.

Stepping into the Cloud-First Paradigm

The challenges facing IT used to be solved in one primary way: investing in more and better hardware, which was fine for organizations with unlimited time and money but how many enterprises have that luxury? Today’s global marketplace requires simpler, more economical solutions and an entirely different frame of mind. A “cloud-first” mentality means leveraging the power of the cloud to solve business problems of all kinds. IT departments are realizing they can use the cloud to deliver business needs faster and scale to meet business demand rapidly. The cloud is enabling process innovation that results in easier deployment of standard services and enhanced workforce mobility. And with cloud, Big Data     becomes less of a burden and more of a goldmine of searchable insights that organizations can use to make better business decisions.

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vCloud Air Academy: Check Out Our Exclusive vCloud Air eBook Featuring Dilbert

Just like the vCloud Air Community, the vCloud Air Academy is a one-stop shop for all things vCloud Air, including access to our most popular webcast series, interactive documents and more.

This week, we’re highlighting our exclusive vCloud Air eBook featuring Dilbert cartoons by Scott Adams. The eBook is an in-depth look at the vCloud Air service, from Security and Compliance, Networking, Management, Availability and more. Visit the vCloud Air Academy to access the eBook and to get the technical building blocks to get started with vCloud Air.

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vCloud Air: The Past Week in Review

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Wow, it was quite a week on the VMware vCloud Air Blog! Now you can catch up on everything that’s been happening in one place. Here’s the past week in review:

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Another VMware Cloud in Action – Seventy Seven Energy Achieves a Scalable Infrastructure with vCloud Air

Planning for the ups and downs of the business cycle is a challenge for everyone. As Warren 77Buffet says, “In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” So how do smart companies plan for the inevitable highs and lows? For oilfield services company Seventy Seven Energy, the solution centered around a 100% cloud-based infrastructure that allowed them to scale up and down with the ebbs and flows of the world’s oil markets.

Based in Oklahoma City, Seventy Seven Energy is a diversified oilfield services company that provides a wide range of oil well site services and equipment to U.S. land-based exploration and production (“E&P”) customers operating in unconventional resource plays. Operations are geographically dispersed across many of the most active oil and natural gas fields in the United States. The company prides itself on delivering world-class technology, operational efficiency and industry experience that gives its customers a sustainable competitive advantage.

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Ease the Transition to the Cloud with a Free Test Drive!

In past blogs, we’ve discussed how easy and simple it is to find a cloud provider that fits you.driving

Not quite ready to take the plunge? That’s no problem – we understand this reluctance.

That’s why the vCloud Air Network is here to ease the transition to the public and hybrid cloud by offering a free test drive with select vCloud Air Network service providers. This allows your business to test out a service to ensure it meets your expectations and business requirements. This way, you can rapidly deploy more workloads as you’re ready.

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Build 1,000 VMs on vCloud Air in as Little as 16 Minutes!

By: Prashant Suri, vCloud Air Scale & Performance Engineer

As part of an annual analyst review of vCloud Air, we needed to test how long it takes to power on 1,000 virtual machines without any failures.  This provided a great opportunity to build an automated workflow to see what we could achieve. Compared to last year, we were able to deploy 1,000 CentOS 6.3 virtual machines, in 16 minutes.

For this particular test, I had access to vCloud Air Dedicated Clouds in New Jersey, Virginia, and Texas. Prior to testing, I set up one Virtual Data Center in Texas, one in Virginia, and two in New Jersey. Each Virtual Data Center gave me a pool of resources where I could distribute part of the 1,000 virtual machines. In other words, I could better utilize the capacity in each one of these locations and deploy 250 virtual machines in parallel to each Virtual Data Centers. The diagram below shows this distribution.

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When Things Go Down, Recovery Time Matters—Here’s What You Need to Know When Setting Your RTO with vCloud Air

Keeping the lights on is a little more complicated when you’re talking about business continuity. vTech Talk (1)Thankfully, VMware vCloud Air offers one of the best BC/Disaster Recovery options on the market today.

But what about setting your Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO)? Will 15 minutes work? Should it be shorter? Longer? How do different types of data stores affect recovery?

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Top Motivators for Businesses Switching to Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

By: Penny Collen, Financial Solutions Architect, Thought Leader, Blogger, and Speaker

If you work in IT, you know that the phrase “Keep the Business Running” has never been moresky-buildings-windows-blue-sky-large challenging. Ready access to up-to-date information is critical throughout all parts of your business. Web-based apps create an environment for direct interaction with customers globally. You simply cannot afford service degradation or outages, meaning business continuity and disaster recovery hold an elevated priority for managing IT resources.

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vCloud Air: The Past Week in Review

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This week the cloud was filled with webcasts, FAQs and new updates! Catch up on everything that’s been happening on the VMware vCloud Blog in one place. Here’s the past week in review:

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Extend the vCloud® API and Enhance Your Experience with VMware vCloud® Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers

Since we announced the VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT-SP), toolsour goal was to give service providers the reference documents they need to construct cloud platforms and service offerings built on today’s VMware technologies.

Today, we want to give you an update on vCAT-SP, as well as highlight one feature that is sure to enhance your experience as a service provider.

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