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New Website Helps Users “Trust in Your Cloud”

By: David Davis

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Just launched last week, the new site www.TrustInYourCloud.com microsite is all about educating technical and non-technical users about cloud computing. It covers topics like:

  • Public, private, and hybrid cloud

  • Cloud security

  • Cloud and Virtualization emerging technologies 

Sponsored by VMware and VMware partners, including TrendMicro, HP TippingPoint, Loglogic, HyTrust, and Layer 7 Technologies, TrustInYourCloud provides resources from these sponsors such as whitepapers, webinars, videos, polls, and editorial content. After browsing the site, examples of some of the content that caught my eye was:

TrustInYourCloud.com is a great resource for gathering technical and non-technical information related to cloud computing and security. To learn how it can help you, visit www.TrustInYourCloud.com

For future updates about similar resources, be sure to follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP.

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for TrainSignal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP, VCAP-DCA, and vExpert level status over his 18+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and over 10 video training courses for TrainSignal.com including the popular vSphere video training package. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his new vSphere 5 video training course over at TrainSignal.com.

Solutions Series by ReadWriteWeb

By: David Davis

Founded in 2003, ReadWriteWeb.com is today one of the most read technology blogs in the world. With its content syndicated by the New York Times and with it being ranked in the top 10 tech blogs in the world, when ReadWriteWeb launches a new section covering virtualization and cloud computing – it’s a big deal. That big day has come with the launch of the new ReadWriteWeb Cloud and ReadWriteWeb Solution Series.

Virtualization Solutions Series

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With content from VMware, Intel, NetApp, and Symantec, the new ReadWriteWeb Solution series offers some of the latest content on how virtualization can be used in real-world enterprises, today. Examples of nice virtualization content offered by RWW are:

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Another new area of ReadWriteWeb is ReadWriteCloud where they help the community understand the strategic business and technical implications of Cloud Computing. Here, you’ll find articles by expert bloggers and free whitepaper content by VMware and Intel. For example, a new whitepaper was recently posted, jointly by Intel and VMware, entitled The New CIO Agenda 2011. In this post, Intel CIO Diane Byrant shows how they have saved $17 million so far by implementing a cloud strategy.

To keep up to date on the latest content from ReadWriteWeb, visit the ReadWriteWeb Cloud and ReadWriteWeb Solution Series, and be sure to follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP for future updates.

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for TrainSignal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP, VCAP-DCA, and vExpert level status over his 18+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and over 10 video training courses for TrainSignal.com including the popular vSphere video training package. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his new vSphere 5 video training course over at TrainSignal.com.

How to Build Your Cloud: Register for the Ingram Micro Webinar Series

By: Matt Sarrel

A lot has been written about the advantages of cloud environments. The business case has been built around increased IT process flexibility as well as cost savings, and more. We’re all familiar with that level of cloud related instruction. Now it’s time to dig deeper into real world planning and implementation.

Ingram Micro is holding a 3 part Webinar series about “How to Build Your Cloud”. Part 1 took place last Wednesday and covered leveraging VMware vSphere virtualization technologies. VMware provides an intelligent cloud infrastructure with built-in automation and resource elasticity to free IT from manual processes and enable it to meet business requirements on-demand. Only VMware lets you achieve the levels of efficiency and agility without throwing away existing investments. As virtualizing existing applications is a requirement for most businesses, this was an informative webinar for IT managers and developers.

When the recording becomes available for Part 1, we’ll post the link here. If you missed Part 1 last week, you can still catch Parts 2 and 3. Here are the details:

Part 2
Desktop & End-User Computing Solutions
October 6th at 11:00am PDT/2:00pm EDT

Building end-user virtualization infrastructures is a demanding endeavor that requires careful planning and proper implementation.  Increase efficiency, reliability, and availability when you deliver desktops as a managed service from the datacenter. Virtual desktops and virtualized applications create a more flexible business IT infrastructure so you can quickly respond to changing business and end-user needs. Deploy applications and desktops faster and with fewer help desk calls while improving business continuity, reducing costs and increasing levels of service.  In this webinar you’ll learn how to build, provision, and manage virtual desktop infrastructure.

Part 3
Application Platform Solutions
October 27th at 11:00am PDT/2:00pm EDT

Corporate applications are becoming increasingly web-oriented, data-intensive, and dynamic in nature, plus they are now more likely to be deployed to run on virtual rather than physical environments. The infrastructure to support those applications is evolving as well. Don't let your application infrastructure hold you back.  Learn what it will take to bring your application infrastructure up to speed in the virtual age.

You can register for one or all of the webinars.

For future updates on webinars similar to these, be sure to follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP

Matthew D. Sarrel (or Matt Sarrel) is executive director of Sarrel Group, a technology product testing, editorial services, and technical marketing consulting company.  He also holds editorial positions at pcmag.com, eweek, GigaOM, and Allbusiness.com, and blogs at TopTechDog.

iland Cloud Insights – iland and VMware’s Webcast Featuring Five Real World Use Cases

By: Matt Sarrel 

On Thursday September 15, 2011 at 8 AM PDT, iland is hosting a webinar about the benefits of VMware vCloud.  This 1-hour webinar will walk you through how five different organizations have deployed a VMware vCloud environment and the positive outcomes they achieved. 

Learn why they decided to use a cloud service, how they planned and got up and running, how they’re using it, and finally the benefits they’ve gained since deployment.

What makes this interesting is that the five different case studies are, in fact, very different in how they use the cloud. The vCloud environment can be used for software QA; business critical production systems; disaster recovery; seasonal computing capacity and root cause analysis/troubleshooting. 

There will also be a brief demo of iland cloud services to help give attendees an understanding of how to get up and running in the cloud.

For updates on future webcasts, be sure to follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP

Matthew D. Sarrel (or Matt Sarrel) is executive director of Sarrel Group, a technology product testing, editorial services, and technical marketing consulting company.  He also holds editorial positions at pcmag.com, eweek, GigaOM, and Allbusiness.com, and blogs at TopTechDog.

VMworld Vegas 2011 – That’s a Wrap!

VMworld was quite a busy week for us, as it was for most VMworld attendees. With all of the big announcements and activities that took place, we wanted to do a quick recap of our social media coverage during the event.

Breakout Sessions and Keynotes

If you follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP, you probably noticed our live-tweets from various sessions we attended during the conference. Here was our agenda for the week:  

CIM1436 Virtual SE Lab (vSEL): Building the VMware Hybrid Cloud
CIM2363 Building an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud for Dummies: 10 Steps (or Less)
CIM2520 IT as a Service: Leveraging Private, Public and Hybrid Clouds in Higher Education
CIM2750 Are All Clouds Commodity? Key Technical Considerations and Customer Experiences
CIM2561 Stuck Between Stations: From Traditional Datacenter to Internal Cloud
CIM3177 Cloud Architectures to Deliver Healthcare as a Service (HaaS)
CIM1264 Private VMware vCloud Architecture Technical Deep Dive
CIM2916 What's New in VMware vCloud Director
CIM1600 VMware vCloud Networking Finally Explained
CIM1644 The Path from Lab Manger to vCloud Director
CIM1302 Active Directory Considerations in a Multitenant Cloud Infrastructure 
CIM2231 Making Sense of VMware vShield and VMware vCloud for the Average System Administrator
CIM2343 Building a Real-Life High-Performance Financial Services Cloud: New York Stock Exchange Technologies
CIM2865 Escaping the Chaos Monkey: Enterprise in Comparison to Commodity Public Cloud
CIM4813 Real-World Cloud Experiences: Enterprise IT Leaders Discuss Public and Hybrid Cloud
CIM2140 Sneak Preview of Next-Generation VMware Hybrid Cloud Solutions 
CIM2204 Building a Multitenant Private Cloud: Dev/Test-as-a-Service Solutions from Federal Government
CIM2961 Federating VMware vCloud Services: How to Best Deploy Your Applications Among Multiple Cloud Service Providers Worldwide 

All of the sessions we attended were very informative and really articulated the direction towards hybrid cloud models that many enterprises are adapting to best meet their changing business needs, using VMware technology.

For example, in CIM2520, Link Alander of Lone Star College Systems discussed how the College’s 16 locations were faced with a multitude of problems in 2008, such as unreliable services and aged hardware. However, due to VMware virtualization and cloud technology, they were able to revamp their architecture and offer dynamic services to students and faculty with high availability, even during peak demands.

In CIM3177, Mariano Maluf of GNAX discussed HIT (healthcare IT) as a service, and how with vCloud Hybrid Cloud, GNAX has been able to build a completely new system around IT needs specific to healthcare. According to Maluf, “VMware cloud ecosystem is fundamentally different than other services, because it builds on enterprise-grade components.”

During Paul Maritz’s keynote, VMware customers NYSE Euronext, Revlon and Southwest discussed how VMware technology helped them reduce IT costs and focus on their business. James Staten commented that NYSE’s community cloud for financial services is a great vertical market solution and new revenue stream, while Vanessa Alvarez agreed, saying that it is an example of what really is to come for enterprises.

Revlon revealed that they were able to increase their capacity 500% and achieve $70 million in cost savings because of the cloud, as VMware technology has enabled them to take infrastructure out of the way of the business. Finally, Bob Young, VP and CTO of Southwest, discussed how 40% of the business’ infrastructure is virtualized, and how VMware’s automation tools allows them to deliver their services reliably and efficiently. 

Through these presentations, it has become apparent that a move towards hybrid cloud models is quickly becoming the move of choice for many enterprises across a variety of vertical markets. Bluelock CTO, Pat O’Day, featured a helpful slide during CIM2570 that explains the difference between public, private, and hybrid cloud:

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And you can also watch Mathew Lodge and other cloud experts discuss cloud realities and hybrid cloud in one of SiliconANGLE’s videos in theCube at VMworld.

Key Announcements and Promotions

On Day 2 of VMworld, we wrote up a quick blog on the VMware announcements that had taken place thus far. VMware Horizon Mobile Manager, VMware View 5, VMware AppBlast, Project Octopus, vcloud.vmware.com and vCloud Global Connect are just a few of the announcements highlighted in the post that received a lot of buzz.

If you’re interested in learning more, Erik Scholten of VMGuru.nl also wrote-up a series of blog posts that discuss some of the cool product features available via VMware Horizon App Manager, VMware View 5, VMware AppBlast and Project Octopus

As a follow-up to our first blog, here are the announcements that took place later in the week: 

#vTrivia

This was the first year we did #vTrivia, with some fun prizes up for grabs including VMware Nike hats, VMware USB Drives and Starbucks gift cards. 

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Some of the questions we asked included, “How many stamps are needed to complete the Public Cloud Passport Program?” “What service did Dell announce with VMware this week?” and “Which companies shared their journey to the cloud during Monday’s opening keynote?” Here are pictures of our happy winners, @TXFoodGeek, @tomeppy, @forbesguthrie & @NWAPhotog showing off their new prizes:

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#cloudtalk

We hosted our in-person #cloudtalk on Tuesday, during the VMworld Hall Crawl inside the VMware Theater. There was a great turnout, and we were glad to have VMware experts such as Dave Hill, Chris Colotti, Wade Holmes and many more in attendance. Here are some shots from the tweet-up: 

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For more VMworld coverage:

For those who weren't able to attend VMworld Vegas, the journey doesn't end here, as VMworld Copenhagen is just around the corner. We’ll be posting more wrap-up content from VMworld Vegas, as well as announcements from VMworld Copenhagen, so be sure to follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP for future updates.  

Introducing VMware vCloud Connector 1.5: Reliable Workload Transfer Between Private and Public Hybrid Clouds

Earlier this year we introduced vCloud Connector 1.0 – a free product that users could download directly from the VMware website. Among other things, vCloud Connector 1.0 allowed vSphere Administrators to use their familiar vSphere client as a singepane-of-glass view across hybrid clouds and copy virtual machines, vApps, or VM templates between vSphere and vCloud Director-based private and public clouds.

We recently ran a public beta of vCloud Connector 1.5, featuring enhancements that allow users to move their workloads more reliably than ever.   

Here’s what’s new in vCloud Connector 1.5:

  • More Reliable Transfer of Workloads: Transfer virtual machines and templates between clouds more reliably and efficiently with features like multi-part transfer, built-in compression and checkpoint restart.
  • Single Pane of Glass, Now through Web UI: Continue to view VMs and templates across multiple clouds and perform basic operations such as power and console access within the vSphere client (also accessible through Web-based UI of vcloud.vmware.com).
  • Support for latest version of vSphere (5.0) and vCloud Director (1.5)
  • Internationalization ready: i18N Level 1: vCC can run on non-English OS and handle non-English text.
  • Additional Enhancements: Search for VMs by name within a single cloud, management of server and node architecture, and Management of vCC Server and Node, including updates.

In a nutshell, VMware vCloud Connector 1.5 makes hybrid cloud management easy. Built upon VMware vSphere and vCloud APIs, vCloud Connector 1.5 allows customers to connect VMware vSphere or VMware vCloud Director-based private and public clouds and manage them under a single interface. Through vCloud Connector’s single pane of glass UI, you can view, copy and operate workloads, including VMs, vApps and templates, across internal datacenter and private or public clouds and save 4-6 hours when conducting an average transfer operation for your Web servers.

Furthermore, with vCloud Connecter 1.5, companies can have the freedom to move from one vCloud service provider to another, or from their private vCloud environments to public clouds and back.

Join the vCloud Connector 1.5 Public Beta Program (VMware login required) to test the latest software, with improvements around reliability of workload transfer and support for vcloud.vmware.com. While support for the public beta has officially ended, the beta bits and beta-vcloud.vmware.com will continue to be available until the general availability of the product.

We encourage those who have tried vCloud Connector 1.0 to test out the new features and enhancements available through the vCloud Connector 1.5 release. For questions, feel free to email vcc-beta@vmware.com. We’d love to hear your feedback as well, so for any comments or questions, tweet at us via @vCloud.