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TPS (Transparent Page Sharing) and vCloud Air

Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) is a memory oversubscription technique that reduces physical memory usage by sharing identical memory pages between virtual machines (VMs) – e.g., when two VMs are running the same operating system. Academic security researchers have recently shown that TPS may be used to gain unauthorized access to data running in VMs on vSphere and Xen hypervisors under certain highly controlled conditions. In a lab environment, the researchers demonstrated that they could recover an AES encryption key used by another VM running on the same physical server.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have turned off TPS in vCloud Air multi-tenant environments (the VPC and DR services). There is no impact to customers from this change.

For more information on the research and the changes to TPS in VMware vSphere, see VMware Knowledge Base article 2080735 http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2080735

The VMware security team’s blog is here: https://blogs.vmware.com/security/2014/10/transparent-page-sharing-additional-management-capabilities-new-default-settings.html

Announcing the Expansion of vCloud Air in Europe

VMworld Europe 2014 is officially underway, and we’ve kicked off the show with a lot of exciting news for VMware vCloud® Air™! In his keynote, our own Pat Gelsinger announced plans to bring vCloud Air to all VMware customers in Germany, an important first step to introducing an easy, fast path to an efficient and agile public cloud.

As Gavin Jackson notes in his recent blog, there has been a strong appetite among customers for vCloud Air in Europe, and our new datacenter in Germany is an exciting addition to the vCloud Air network. Today’s announcement underlines our continued commitment to providing customers around the globe a cloud solution that’s both flexible and in line with local data requirements.

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Direct Connect: Now Available at a vCloud Air Location Near You

By popular demand, we are excited to announce the worldwide rollout of the VMware vCloud® Air™ Direct Connect™ service introduced last year to all existing VMware vCloud® Air™ locations. By providing a dedicated and secure connection with a streamlined deployment process, VMware is enabling customers around the world to seamlessly integrate vCloud Air into their internal networks and to more fully realize the benefits of the hybrid cloud.

What is Direct Connect?

Direct Connect enables secure, consistent, and high-bandwidth connectivity with max speeds of 1 or 10 Gbps, depending on compute service, through dedicated private lines from your facility or cross-connections from your co-located data center into your vCloud Air instance. These circuits are provided jointly with our Cross Connect Partners or with your Network Service Provider (NSP) for WAN private lines, enabling:

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Everything You Need to Know About the Hybrid Cloud at VMworld Barcelona 2014

Barcelona

Viva, Barcelona! VMworld Europe 2014 is right around the corner, and VMware has a lot in store for the hybrid cloud, for both our VMware vCloud® Air™ customers and our vCloud Air Network Service Providers.

From sessions, events, demos and more, here’s everything you need to know if you’ll be attending the show next week.

Visit vCloud Air Network Service Providers in the Service Provider Pavilion

As you make your way around the show floor this year, be sure to stop by the vCloud Air pods at the VMware booth. There will be live demos of vCloud Air, including management and application services, availability and networking capabilities and more. We’ll also have four vCloud Air Experts on hand to provide insight on various areas of expertise, including RaaS, Cloud Performance and Security, as well as general vCloud Air knowledge.

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Achieve Success in Cloud Services – Details on the New VMware vCloud Air Network Badge Program!

You may remember when we announced the launch of the VMware vCloud Air Network back in August.  By positioning VMware vCloud Air with our global ecosystem of over 3,800 VMware Service Provider partners in more than 100 countries, the vCloud Air Network offers greater consistency for customers transitioning to the hybrid cloud. To further support the growing global network, we’ve revamped the VMware vCloud Air Network Service Provider partner badging program to help our partners market their specific services.

Through our updated partner badging, vCloud Air Network Service Provider partners can now advertise validated VMware service offerings based on the technologies they use:

  • Hybrid Cloud Powered: For partners that have validated their services using VMware vCloud Director®, enabling bi-directional workflow between customer environments and partner clouds.
  • IaaS Powered: For providers that have clouds based on VMware vSphere®.
  • Horizon DaaS Powered: For partners that have validated clouds to support Desktop-as-a-Service deployments.

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Extend Your vSphere Data Center to the cloud with vCloud Air — Register for the 10/14 Webcast- Live Demo!

Webcast

The hybrid cloud enables businesses to enjoy the agility and convenience of the public cloud with the flexibility to run applications onsite, offsite or both.

Join us on Tuesday, October 14, for a webcast with Mathew Lodge, VP of Cloud Services at VMware, at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). During the webcast Mathew will guide attendees through VMware vCloud® Air™, our secure Infrastructure-as-a-Service hybrid cloud solution built on VMware vSphere®, and explain how your organization can activate a production-ready cloud that’s 100% compatible with your vSphere environment. This enables you to use the same management, security, and networking tools you’ve already come to know and trust.

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How To Seed a vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Replication Without Downtime

In a recent blog post, VMware’s Chris Colotti shows step-by-step how to replicate a virtual machine in vCloud Air Disaster Recovery at a faster speed through data seeding.

With data seeding, you run the risk of a huge data transfer reduction. But there is a silver lining – you trade off the loss of data for a faster replication. To validate the process, Chris compared the results of three different methods:

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The Results Are In! The Winner of the vDilbert Caption Contest Is…

… Monty Moreland (@montymoreland)!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our vCloud Air Dilbert Caption Contest on Twitter! We received some really amazing entries, and while we wish we could name everyone a winner, there could only be one. So, after narrowing the list down to our top 10 favorites, we asked Scott Adams – creator of Dilbert – to pick the winning caption.

Congratulations to Monty Moreland for creating the winning caption (see below)! Monty did a great job in recognizing who the judge was and created a caption that resonated well with the Dilbert characters and theme. We hope you enjoy your new Pebble Watch!

#vDilbert Caption Contest

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How Will You Mind the Gap in Your Disaster Recovery Plan?

Organizations today lean heavily on technology with the assumption that we can access information whenever and wherever we want to. But the reality is that most businesses face the risk of substantial downtime due to outages, failures, disasters or other disruptions. Although they want to protect their business’ critical applications and keep operations running smoothly, there are more applications, systems and data to protect than ever before. Many lack the time and resources to adequately extend disaster recovery (DR) to safeguard all aspects of their business – resulting in gaps in coverage. 

According to the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council’s 2014 Annual Report, organizations worldwide could – and should – be doing a lot more to prepare for a disaster. The benchmark survey results demonstrate severe shortcomings in disaster recovery preparedness for companies worldwide, with 3 in 4 companies at risk due to nonexistent or inadequate disaster recovery plans.

Below are three common challenges organizations face when it comes to implementing a comprehensive DR strategy and how they can overcome these challenges.

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Introducing the New VMware vCloud Air ISV Partner Program

Today VMware announced the VMware® vCloud® Air ISV Partner Program to provide a framework and support for ISVs to grow with vCloud Air. Through this program, ISVs will be armed with the tools they need to help guide customers on their hybrid cloud journey, including information on key hybrid cloud use cases, such as dev/test, packaged application migration, and disaster recovery.

This new program underlines VMware’s commitment to bringing together tools, applications and services to enable you to move to the cloud easily. Interested in selecting, deploying and optimizing an ISV solution with vCloud Air? Easily identify program participants with the new ‘VMware Ready – vCloud Air” logo.

VMware partner badges

 

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