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Don’t Miss Chances to Showcase Your vCloud Air Skills for a Free VR Kit

IT admins sure are excited about the vCloud Air Challenge. Many have participated in the first round, whether motivated by the chance to test their knowledge or take the VR Kit prize. Luckily, if you haven’t heard of it until now, there are still opportunities to join.

The vCloud Air Challenge consists of high level quizzes about hybrid clouds. Ubiquitous in today’s business environments, hybrid clouds often introduce new problems for inexperienced IT teams, and can even baffle experts on occasion. It’s only by having a good grasp of the issues and tools that IT can truly maximize their clouds. Is your knowledge up to par? That’s what the vCloud Air Challenge is all about. For the true experts, we’ll be giving away HTC Vive VR Kits.

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Barden Produce Stays Fresh With the Right Cloud Partner

Repost from VMware Radius Blog.

For more than 20 years, Australian wholesaler Barden Produce has been at the forefront of producegrowing, packaging, and distributing fresh vegetables and herbs to supermarkets and independent grocers, both Down Under and across the globe.

As the company grew, it began to realize that a deeper investment in new product development and technology was necessary to ensure its customers continued to receive a seamless experience with every purchase.

Barden’s Quandary

Operating in a highly competitive industry, Barden Produce needed to deliver high quality produce to its customers in strict timeframes. The nature of the business is that there is no room for error.

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The College IT Challenge: Student Demands Are Outstripping Capabilities

College used to be so simple when the only tech students and faculty had to worry about was a lecture-halltypewriter and a telephone. Today’s campus denizens are a much more connected bunch — and they’re making more demands than ever on their institutions. IT decision makers at universities nowadays face the prospect of modernizing, streamlining, and protecting operations and infrastructure all at once. Luckily, there’s a product that makes the grade: VMware vCloud Air.

Among the biggest challenges facing higher education is aging infrastructure. In many schools, modernization is long overdue. “Everything is going to the cloud, it’s just a matter of time,” says Michael Mozeliak, Director of IT at Peirce College. “VMware makes it very easy and painless — everything works flawlessly.” Universities need greater agility to meet the demands of a mobile student body and they need more efficiency to cope with the constraints of shrinking budgets. VMware vCloud Air matches compute capacity to fluctuating demand and provides Broker IT services for improved time to value.

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Summertime, and Security is Easy

The following is a guest blog post by iland, a partner on the vCloud Air Network.

It’s summer. That conjures classic Norman Rockwell images of cabins by the lake with muddy children running in and out of banging screen doors, scavenging snacks and trailing wet footprints across the floor. In our collective consciousness, we think of summer as a time of open doors, unlimited popsicles and a generally carefree attitude.

But, the long hot days of summer come with some unfortunate downsides. More often than not, you’re swatting at some obnoxious fly that found the counter of snacks appealing. And, occasionally some less benign human chooses to help themselves to your stuff – simply because it is unguarded.

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Hybrid Clouds Can Be as Secure as Your Own Servers

Hybrid has become the dominant cloud model, it allows enterprises to combine the flexibility VMWQ216-17_vCloud-6-30_Twitter_500x281_6-14-16_JS_002and performance of the public cloud with the security of onsite data centers. Those currently using it are considering migrating even more workloads, while newcomers are adopting it eagerly. It’s not hard to understand why, with cost effectiveness and agility to boot, the hybrid cloud is an attractive option for businesses of all sizes. It’s no longer about picking the least sensitive data for migration. The question for IT is now: how do we secure our hybrid cloud platform?

We’ll answer that question in our June 30 webcast. Neal Elinski, Cloud Strategist at VMware, will give an engineer’s take on securing hybrid clouds and cover best practices for the powerful “lift and shift” method.

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In Recognition of World Juggling Day, We Salute IT leaders like You

World Juggling Day is tomorrow, and to celebrate we’re giving a shout out to some of the best jugglerjugglers we know – IT leaders like you.

Knives, chainsaws and rings of fire have nothing over scaling workloads, compliance mandates and staffing challenges. One wrong move and….wait, you don’t have to worry about making the wrong move. As a VMware vSphere® user, you’ve got something not every juggler does: VMware vCloud® Air™, the ready-to-run public cloud purpose-built for vSphere data center modernization.

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Secure vSphere Workloads: Backup Data with Public Clouds

Data backup is crucial for every organization. It’s essential for IT teams to ensure business VMWQ216-17_vCloud-6-23_Twitter_500x281_6-6-16_JS_001continuity—and securing data is a critically important part of that objective. When it comes to methods, however, not everyone is clear on which option is the most reliable and efficient. It’s a matter of finding the best-fit solution.

Public clouds reduce costs and increase reliability for backup and disaster recovery. But they also have other beneficial features. For example, organizations currently using vSphere will find that easy integrations with VMware vCloud® Air™ provide convenient and enhanced backup. It’s one of the many reasons why customers ranging from municipal governments to healthcare companies rely on vCloud® Air™.

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Test Your vCloud IQ for the Chance to Win a HTC Vive VR Kit

Sharpen your pencils, it’s time for a quiz.

Think you’re the best at solving problems using vCloud Air? Here’s your chance to prove it. VMW-vCloud-Q2Challenge-052316-1200x628-v4[4]We’ve put together a test that only the smartest would dare attempt, full of questions about things like disaster recovery, high availability and application portability. We invite you to step up to the plate and test your cloud know-how in the latest version of the VMware vCloud Air Challenge.

Now that you have your pencils out, mark your calendars with these dates:

vCloud Air Network Compliance Spotlight – ISO 20000

Our vCloud Air Network Compliance Spotlight series focuses on compliance issues that affect journeys to the cloud. A look back at our past spotlights:

In this month’s spotlight, we focus on ISO 20000.

ISO/IEC 20000 is the international standard specifically for IT Service Management. The standard describes an integrated set of management processes which form a service management system for the effective delivery of services to businesses and customers.

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Introducing the New vCloud Air Network Cloud Bundles!

As part of the vCloud Air Network (vCAN) team, we are focused on ensuring our network of Service Provider Partners (over 4,000!) are able to enjoy the most flexibility and benefits from the diverse range of VMware products as possible.

To make that happen, our team has been working to refine the Pricing and Packaging offered to our service providers. As a result of this, pricing and packaging of bundles offered through the vCloud Air Network program has undergone changes.

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