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Missed VMworld US 2014? Here’s What Happened in San Francisco!

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VMworld US 2014 brought a lot of new innovations to the virtualization industry and beyond. So before we start ramping up for VMworld Europe, held in Barcelona, Spain, let’s revisit what we announced in San Francisco.

A brief recap of VMworld San Francisco, 2014:

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Instantiate VMs with vCloud Air for $8 a Month

By Massimo Re Ferre

We have demonstrated in a previous blog post how vCloud Air is cheaper than AWS and Azure when considering price-performance. To get the same CPU performance out of Azure that you get from vCloud Air, you will need to use either more instances or larger instances – both contributing to a higher cost. To get the same storage performance out of AWS that you get from vCloud Air, you will need to provision more storage (as performance is tied to volume size) or higher classes of storage that are more expensive.

But what if performance is not the critical factor? What if the raw number of virtual machines that can be provisioned is more important?  That can be the case particularly in test and development scenarios where you focus more on the service wirings and architecture (versus raw performance).

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Increasing Cloudiness Means Growth Opportunities

This is a repost from The VAR Guy. You can find the original post here.

By Jay Workman

In a traditional software world, the channel role was both to sell and to provide services to customers. In the world of cloud computing, the primary opportunity is shifting to the services partners can offer their customers. These typically offer high margins and provide opportunity for ongoing high-touch engagements—both of which help partners build their businesses.

There are many successful companies that provide cloud services today, with consulting practices built around cloud strategy, cloud assessments, migration services, organizational change management and readiness, cloud management services, application modernization and orchestration and more.

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Think You’re Witty? Prove It! Announcing the vCloud Air Dilbert Caption Contest

If you follow us on Twitter @vCloud and attended VMworld last week, you might have been one of the lucky recipients of our specially made VMware vCloud Air Dilbert t-shirts.

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VMworld 2014 Day 4 (42 of 259)If you missed out, don’t worry, because we’ve teamed up with Scott Adams, the creator of everyone’s favorite office engineer, to keep the Dilbert fun going! Scott has created a very special hybrid cloud-themed comic, and we want you to help finish it. We’ll select our 10 favorite captions, and from those, Scott will select his favorite to win a Pebble Watch!

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There’s More to SaaS Than Meets the Eye

This is a guest post from iland, a member of the vCloud Air Network.

SaaS companies are really hot. Everyone is offering everything as a service – from applications to IT management itself, and everything in between. While we love to talk about the model in terms of Salesforce.com’s success, the growth of ServiceNow, or the triumph of AthenaHealth, there are hundreds and thousands of other, less “buzzy” SaaS businesses where you least expect it.

Why? Because software can be hidden. Just because the average football fan doesn’t have a login to the platform doesn’t mean it isn’t SaaS. Not all SaaS applications are customer facing, B2C, broad-based user-driven applications. And in fact, some of the most captivating ones are not. The magic behind the magic can be.. Well.. Magical.

One of our customers, Leica Geosystems, is just such a company. By correlating GPS data from satellites with other terrestrial and astronomical data points, they can actually provide pinpoint locations for hundreds of applications around the world. Whether they support engineering or surveying companies, or agriculture and construction, Leica’s data from this SmartNet application is mission critical and real time – and all behind the scenes. Continue reading

VMworld Attendees – Submit Your Session Surveys in the VMworld Mobile App!

The VMworld 2014 US mobile App is feature-rich and can be utilized to do anything from schedule a session to take a #vmworldselfie. This year, the VMworld team has included a VMworld Game which enables users to win points for participating in events, attending sessions, scanning QR codes, and completing surveys.

We strongly encourage all VMworld attendees to complete the surveys following each session! Session presenters take your feedback very seriously, and for those who hold repeat sessions during VMworld, will often integrate your feedback into the second showing. Help us improve the VMworld session content for fellow attendees by providing your feedback, and win some points in the VMworld app in the process. Here’s how you to fill out a survey:

1. Open the VMworld 2014 US Mobile App on your device.
2. Tap on the menu icon in the top left corner of the app’s home screen.

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VMworld 2014 US: IT’s Most Wanted List: Get Me a Mobile Backbone

By: Ajay Patel

Mobility at Enterprise Scale: The Next Challenge for Developers and IT

As humans, without our backbone we’d flop around like a wet noodle, our organs wouldn’t function well, and messages back and forth from the brain would be unprotected. Backbones give us the flexibility and the structure to move – especially to move fast, in many directions, and in big ways.

Demands for mobile apps are exploding from all quarters – wherever there’s a focus on better customer connection and team effectiveness. IT is challenged to deliver the right balance of flexibility — to empower developers to create great mobile apps — and structure — to ensure that the organization can move to keep up with the pace of mobile, securely and at anticipated scale.

The answer, as in our bodies, is a backbone. A mobile backbone enables developers and IT to easily connect mobile applications to enterprise systems and third party services, and provides choice from among the top mobile development tools to deliver compelling user experiences. With a mobile backbone, IT can support the explosive growth and compressed development cycles of mobile applications, while handling all of the security, connectivity, and governance requirements.

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VMworld 2014 Predictions, Advice and Must-See Events — a Recap of Our August #cloudtalk

We wanted to know what you were craving to see at VMworld 2014. So, on August 12th, we hosted our pre-VMworld #cloudtalk to discuss what sessions you’re planning on attending and what you think will happen at this year’s conference. With vExperts Dave Hill (@davehill99) and Barry Coombs (@VirtualisedReal) hosting, we knew it was going to be a great discussion.

Our #cloudtalk kicked off with a simple question: “What are you looking forward to at VMworld 2014?

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Come See Project NEE, VMware’s Virtual Lab Platform, at VMworld 2014!

Few things can beat hands-on experience when it comes to training personnel on the latest software environments, but provisioning resources for classes can be difficult.  Labs have to be recreated after each lesson and students need to download and install numerous clients and software.

Say goodbye to all that and hello to VMware’s Next-generation Education Environment – Project NEE.

If you’ve ever tried a VMware Hands-On Lab at VMworld, one-line or at a worldwide user’s group meeting,  then you’ve already gotten a peek into Project NEE’s capabilities. Project NEE gives you the ability to deliver true hands-on labs and education content to anyone, anywhere and at anytime though the cloud — regardless of your class size. All you need is a browser with HTML 5 and a few minutes to sign-up, set up and get training. Continue reading

Calling All Customers: vCloud Air Network Has Arrived!

By: Geoffrey Waters

Today we are thrilled to share two new updates on the hybrid cloud business here at VMware - First, we’ve launched the new VMware vCloud Air Network, an evolution and expansion of our existing VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) loaded with more cloud service options than ever.  We are delivering something truly unique to our customers through this initiative, which supports over 3,800 VMware Service Provider partners in 100+ countries and VMware vCloud Air.

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