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Nested ESXi on vCloud Air

One of the benefits of having vSphere as the virtual infrastructure for vCloud Air is ability to run a wide variety of guest operating systems. This includes hypervisors such as ESXi, which can be installed within vCloud Air as a virtual machine. The solution, commonly referred to as Nested ESXi, opens the door to a lot of interesting use cases. Coupled with vCloud Air OnDemand, VMware’s pay by the minute billing, VMware customers can easily deploy virtual vSphere infrastructure for test/dev, labs or classrooms for educational purposes. vCloud Air can also expose hardware features like Intel-VT/AMD-V directly to the virtual machine’s guest OS. This is an important feature to deliver performance to your virtual hypervisor and to the nested VMs. Other companies offer binary translation or emulation of these hardware features which can impact performance. While vCloud Air supports many different operating systems we do not recommend running your production workloads on Nested ESXi.

Nested ESXi isn’t a new concept. VMware Hands-On Labs has delivered over 300,000 Labs since November 2012, all of which have been Nested ESXi. There are also dozens of personal blogs that illustrate how to accomplish Nested ESXi within a vSphere environment or within vCloud Air. Cloud services such as vCloud Air do not expose the option for promiscuous mode. Mainly because of the network performance degradation of turning your port group to an Ethernet hub. So how do you configure Nested ESXi in vCloud Air with the same network performance and no promiscuous mode? In this blog I will briefly discuss the common use cases for Nested ESXi, show why most people tell you promiscuous mode is needed, and finally provide a work-around demonstrating how it can be done without promiscuous mode.

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VMware Continuent 4.0 – Deployments Examples

Data is one of the most fluid elements in the world, and it continues to change and develop at a rapid pace. This presents a number of rich challenges and practicalities that need to be taken into account, such as how to get the data effectively to your applications and ultimately into your customers hands, or how to move it between different database types so that you can make the best usage of the different environments.

Last week we announced VMware Continuent 4.0, an important release not just because it supports these key types of deployment, but also because for the first time cluster and replicator deployments can be mixed and matched, so that if you want to replicate directly from your transactional cluster out to your data warehouse, you can do so in one complete step.

All of these solutions make use of a powerful central replication engine, which supports both statement and row based data transfer, filtering, modification, and multiple source and target databases. Although it’s a powerful system, the basic structure and layout is very simple.

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Connecting vCloud Air Services

VMware vCloud Air offers different ways to purchase and consume cloud resources based on whether you need resources physically isolated from other tenants or on a multi-tenant platform, and whether you purchase via a subscription or based on consumption in a pay-as-you-go manner. However, there are times where you have workloads that are better fit for a Dedicated Cloud and projects that make more sense with VPC OnDemand. For example, you may run a database in Dedicated Cloud for security, licensing or performance reasons, while a nightly data warehousing job on that database may be more economical on VPC OnDemand. Most people know that they can create IPsec VPN tunnels across two different virtual data centers for a Layer 3 site-to-site connection and that they can use vCloud Connector to create a stretched Layer 2 network across different nodes. However, you can also connect multiple services together on the same Layer 2 network programmatically as well. StretchLayer2

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A New Path to Cloud Success for Customers, New Opportunities for the vCloud Air Network

By Geoff Waters, Vice President, Service Provider Channel, VMware

VMware vCloud® Air™ continues to flourish, and is now available to customers delivered as a managed service through VMware vCloud Air Network service providers.  As we announced at Partner Exchange 2015, VMware service provider partners now can deliver managed services to their customers around the globe leveraging VMware vCloud Air as their core infrastructure.

Managed Services Providers (MSPs) have the unique expertise and ability to deliver complex IT systems management and support – allowing organizations to focus on their business rather than managing their IT infrastructure.

When a customer engages with a VMware vCloud Air Network Managed Services Provider, they have the benefit of working with a provider who offers the compatibility and agility delivered by the vCloud Air platform.  vCloud Air is 100 percent compatible with VMware vSphere® environments, which means customers can leverage existing IT investments, processes, and expertise, helping them to reduce costs and risks.  That inherent agility and expertise will assist customers in the expedited set up, testing, deployment and management of applications and workloads.

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IT Security Does Not Have to End Where the Public Cloud Begins

Terms like public cloud and multi-tenancy are the blinking warning signs on the road to cloud adoption. Who would think of putting their valuable data on a platform that doesn’t reside inside their data center?  Well, under the right circumstances, would you? At a minimum, you’d need to have an effective way of completely limiting access to your data. Then, you’d have to secure that data in a way that would make it nearly impossible to use in the unlikely case that it was compromised. In addition, you’d probably want to make sure that whatever security controls you put in place would stay with that data, regardless of where it moved or resided across your hybrid environment. You’d also probably want some consistency in the environment so you didn’t have to reconfigure those controls just because you wanted to move your data from the cloud back into your data center.

Today, VMware and HyTrust announced a new partnership agreement that will allow customers to purchase the HyTrust DataControl encryption and key management software through the VMware vCloud® Air™ cloud platform. The HyTrust solution will enable VMware customers to secure virtual workloads across their hybrid environments with policy-based key management that remains under their control. This partnership empowers businesses to achieve increased effectiveness in their ability to mitigate risks to their data sets in the public cloud. The product will be available through vCloud Air later in Q2 of 2015.

vCloud Air delivers effective hybrid cloud security by extending technology and operational models you already know and trust between your on-premises data center and your public cloud. vCloud Air secures the underlying infrastructure of the data center location with tenancy isolation, timely catalog OS patches, user access controls and documented certifications and audits.

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Mark Your Calendar – vCloud Air Community Goes Live with Ask vCloud Air Event

Join us on Wednesday, April 29th, from 9 to 11 a.m. PST, for a special event: Ask vCloud Air (#AVCA).

During the Ask vCloud Air event, VMware vCloud® AirTM experts will be on hand to answer your questions and chat about vCloud Air, all live from our VMware vCloud Air Community forum. All participants will be entered to win one of three awesome vCloud Air prizes. And if you’re a vExpert, you’ll pick up a coupon code for a $600 vCloud Air credit and t-shirt, just for participating.*

Why should I join? If you have questions, feedback, or are just interested in connecting with technical experts and other vCloud Air users, this is a great opportunity to do so.

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Introducing VMware Continuent 4.0 – MySQL Clustering and Real-time Replication to Data Warehouses

It’s with great pleasure we announce the general availability of VMware Continuent 4.0 – a new suite of solutions for clustering and replication of MySQL to data warehouses.

For those of you who follow VMware closely, you may recall that VMware acquired Continuent in October of last year. Today’s release marks a first for Continuent’s solutions (formerly Continuent Tungsten and Tungsten Replicator) since the acquisition.

Already used by more than 100 enterprise customers who process millions of transactions daily, VMware Continuent enables enterprises running business-critical database applications to achieve commercial-grade high availability (HA), globally redundant disaster recovery (DR) and performance scaling. The new suite makes it even simpler to create MySQL database clusters in the cloud or in a private data center, to keep the data available even when systems fail.

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Get Ahead with Your VMware Certified Associate Certification for vCloud Air

Earlier this week, we launched the vCloud Air accreditation program with the VMware Certified Associate for Hybrid Cloud (VCA6-HC). Aimed at both IT administrators and decision makers, this certification demonstrates your understanding of the challenges businesses face when adopting public clouds and how VMware delivers a hybrid-first cloud solution with vCloud Air to address these challenges.  

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Attend Our May Webinar Series to Learn How vCloud Air Network Partners Can Get the Competitive Edge with Application-centric Storage

Bring operational efficiency to your storage consumption and delivery with VMware Virtual SAN!

VMware Virtual SAN, VMware’s radically simple storage solution designed and optimized for vSphere virtual infrastructure, streamlines storage provisioning and management and brings application-centric storage to your organization.  In fact, it has already done so for IndonesianCloud, a Hybrid Cloud Powered service provider in the VMware vCloud Air Network.

Join our early May webcasts to learn how new and existing VMware vCloud Air Network Partners can gain a competitive advantage with application-centric storage using VMware Virtual SAN for any virtualized workloads; including business-critical applications, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), disaster recovery, and test/dev. Attendees will enjoy exclusive incentives for tuning in.

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Another VMware Cloud in Action – Digital City of America, Avondale, Continues to Reach for the Cloud

“Aspiring. Achieving. Accelerating.” This is the motto of Avondale, Arizona, a city of about 80,000 residents in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Known for its recreation and sports, Avondale is home to Phoenix International Raceway, where thousands of visitors congregate to watch NASCAR races twice a year, as well as Avondale Sports Complex, which serves as a popular site for regional and national amateur sports competitions. Avondale is also known for its responsive and progressive municipal services. The community has won several awards: ranking in the top-ten for Digital City of America in the last four years, placing as the #1 Digital City in the nation for mid-sized communities for the past two years, and receiving a digital government achievement award from the Center for Digital Government.

The city had already shifted to a hybrid cloud model and had a vSphere-based environment when they decided to move from disaster recovery to true business resumption. Like all medium-sized organizations, the city of Avondale’s IT Department sought a responsive, easily accessible cloud-based solution that would fit their existing technology environment and budget. Although they were already VMware customers, they weren’t going to play favorites.

Avondale’s IT team considered several cloud service providers before awarding their project to VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery. The IT team appreciated the support and services VMware had provided in the past and their existing familiarity with VMware tools. Chief Information Officer of Avondale, Rob Lloyd, elaborates on why Avondale chose VMware, citing their past vSphere implementation as a successful project and wise investment, “We reached our goal of 70 percent virtualization in just over a year of using vSphere. VMware continuously advances its technology and provides options that allow us to build onto its solutions. As a CIO, that’s critical when looking at strategic investments.”

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