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Making a Move to the Cloud – Part 3: Tools for Migrating Workloads to vCloud Air

By Michael Francis and RadhaKrishna (RK) Dasari

As discussed in Part 2 of our blog series. when considering which workloads to migrate to VMware vCloud® Air™ you want to properly assess the business and technology factors that will ultimately determine the weighting and prioritization of your targets. In order to perform a comprehensive and accurate assessment it often helps to utilize migration toolsets.

VMware has developed a tool called Migration Planner that allows us to rapidly assess and generate a draft migration plan. This blog will discuss the value the Migration Planner tool can deliver to your organization and review other tools that are leveraged as data sources for it’s analysis.

When delivering a migration assessment to our customers we utilize the following tools:

  • VMware Capacity Planner
  • vRealize Infrastructure Navigator
  • Application Dependency Planner (optional, used for customers with large physical estates)
  • VMware Migration Planner

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vCloud Air vTech Talk: Capturing vCloud Air Edge Gateway Data with Your Syslog

When your cloud is up and running, everyone wants to get in — especially the bad guys. But there’s good news: you can sniff suspicious actors out with your own virtual bloodhound. That’s right, all you have to do configure your edge gateway.

In this episode of vCloud Air vTech Talk, our series highlighting tips, tricks and resources for all things VMware vCloud® Air™, George Kobar, Senior Technical Marketing Manager for vCloud Air, explains how you can capture edge gateway data with a syslog IP address on vCloud Air.

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Get Started with Cloud-based Disaster Recovery to Protect Your vSphere Environment

For vSphere customers looking to protect their company data from a disaster or other disruption, VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery, built on VMware vSphere® Replication™, provides a cloud-based failover environment for dependable recovery when faced with an operational disruption.

We recently created a tutorial series to help you get started with the service. The tutorials are designed to provide a narrated, step-by-step demo of how to set up and use the service. In the first tutorial of the series, David Hill, senior technical marketing architect for vCloud Air, provides an introductory overview and demo of the key features and functions of the service, including how to use the vSphere Replication plug-in to manage incoming and outgoing replications, how to configure a virtual machine for replication, how to set recovery options such as multiple recovery point objectives and point in time instances, and how to recover virtual machines in the event of a data center failure.

Watch the video below to learn how to get started with vCloud Air Disaster Recovery.

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Build and Deploy Web Applications Quickly with Ruby on Rails and vCloud Air

Are you a developer looking to quickly build scalable, maintainable Web applications? Chances are that you’ve already come across Ruby and Rails, one of the most popular combinations for modern Web development. Today, more than 800,000 websites are estimated to run Ruby on Rails, and it’s also in use by such high-profile companies as Github, Shopify and Basecamp.

Ruby gives you an object-oriented foundation for your code; Rails extends it with a dynamic, flexible Model-View-Controller (MVC) framework that supports many different use cases. The combination produces clean, maintainable Web applications that can be efficiently tested, extended and deployed at scale. There’s also an active community that ensures overall security and stability and provides informal technical support via mailing lists and chat.

One of the key benefits of Rails is that it simplifies Web application development by using well-understood standards and conventions. This saves time and makes it easy to get a basic Web application up and running quickly, even if you’re new to Web programming. Plus, because Rails’ default coding conventions are well-documented and consistent, there is very little friction when developing a Rails application collaboratively, or when transferring maintenance of a Rails-based Web application from one developer to another.

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Find the Service Provider of your Cloudy Dreams!

No matter the business case, data sovereignty need, compliance requirement, or vertical market, the vCloud Air Network is here to help. With an ecosystem of over 4,000 service providers, in over 100 countries offering VMware-based cloud services, your organization will find a service provider that fits.

The benefits of vCloud Air Network Service Provider partners are clear:

  • Compatibility
    • Provision new or move existing workloads from on-prem data centers to VMware-based clouds and back again as needed
  • Data Sovereignty
    • Use local providers to keep data and applications in country to meet security and privacy regulations
  • Security
    • Clouds built on the trusted foundation of VMware vSphere with security and reporting standard such as ISO and SOC
  • Compliance and Certifications
    • Industry specific compliance and certifications to meet your business requirements such as HIPAA for healthcare and PCI DSS for retail
  • Validated Cloud Services
    • VMware Hybrid Cloud, Horizon DaaS, DRaaS Powered services are validated by VMware based on perspective technical requirements
  • Choice of Services
    • Providers offer infrastructure as a service (IaaS), desktop as a service (DaaS), disaster recovery (DRaaS), managed services and more

So, how do you find a provider that fits your need?

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vCloud Air vTech Talk: What’s the Cloud of Clouds? A Primer on Virtual Data Centers

So what are virtual data centers? How can they work in tandem to provide you with the best virtualization experience? What is the “Cloud of Clouds?” Good questions — and we’ve got good answers.

In this episode of vCloud Air vTech Talk, our series highlighting tips, tricks and resources for all thing vCloud Air, Massimo Re Ferre, Senior Solutions Architect at vCloud Air, discusses how vCloud® Air™ works, what virtual data centers are and how they can build up to create the Cloud of Clouds.

To learn more about how vCloud Air can help your cloud journey, watch this video here or in the vCloud Air Community.

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Make Sure Site Failure Doesn’t Mean Business Failure

Taking Advantage of Disaster Recovery as a Service with VMware vCloud Air

Even if you take every precaution, primary site failure is a possibility. That’s why continuity planning is so important for proactive businesses. To achieve continued operations in the event of a primary site failure, you’ll need a plan for recovering your business applications. Fortunately, the VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery Accelerator Service lets you design, deploy, and validate a non-production version of a solution that does exactly that in just one week. Here’s how it works.

Dodging Disaster

vCloud Air Disaster Recovery is a cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) service that provides a continuously available recovery site for VMware virtualized data centers. Creating a non-production version of that service by working with VMware Professional Services gives you the skills you need to protect your production environment.

Working with our technical architects, you can review capacity consumption and create a recovery plan for up to five non-production virtual machines. The recovery plan includes runbooks that detail the manual steps required for successful failover. You’ll also get example automation workflows configured with VMware vRealize™ Orchestrator™. You’ll learn how to execute recovery plan failover to vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, and also failback to your on-premises VMware vSphere® environment.

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Making Your Move to the Cloud – Part 2: Best Practices for Building a Migration Plan

By: Michael Francis and RadhaKrishna (RK) Dasari

The primary technological goal of any migration project is to transfer an existing compute resource/application from one environment to another, as quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively as possible. This is especially critical when considering a migration to a public cloud; considerations must include security controls, latency and subsequent performance, operations practices for backup/recovery and others. Though VMware now provides technology in Hybrid Cloud Manager to minimize any downtime or eliminate downtime; these considerations persist. VMware Professional Services often assist customers with assessing their environment and focusing on generating an effective, actionable migration plan to achieve this goal. It adopts the philosophy of spending the time up front in the plan to reduce the time and increase likelihood of success of a subsequent migration project.

migration to cloudLet’s look at some core tenants of constructing an effective migration plan. VMware migration specialist rely on a repeatable, consistently applied methodology to develop a Migration Plan. This methodology uses a combination of workshops and tools to develop a plan that is tailored for the customer’s environment. The tools help accelerate the time to develop the Migration Plan and provide the ability to provide more quantifiable estimates and results.

The fundamental premise is that within the Enterprise datacenter the majority of workloads/applications could be categorized as Cattle in a Cattle and Pets analogy. As the names indicate, Cattle represent the customer workloads that are treated by the customer in the following similar ways:

  • They have a similar operating level assigned to them.
  • Maintenance of these workloads is performed predominantly by the central IT operations team.
  • They are upgraded, patched, and generally managed in the same way.

Pets are workloads that are managed with a more sensitive, higher touch. For example, the operating levels are higher and the outages of the Pets are more sensitive. The service allows for detailed assessment of up to 10 different business applications that are considered Pets. A business application is a collection of Pets that comprise the delivery of a business service.

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vCloud Air Network Service Provider Spotlight – NTT Communications

Teamwork makes the dream work. As it goes, the dream team of the vCloud Air Network and our service providers help to provide customers with the services they need.


This month’s vCloud Air Network Service Provider Spotlight focuses on NTT Communications, a vCloud Air Network Premier Partner based in Tokyo, Japan. Established in 1999, NTT provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology environments of enterprises.

Targeting SMB, mid-market, and enterprise, NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of the NTT Group, the #1 Data Center provider in the world, according to the 2014 Colocation database. With data center locations worldwide, from the US to Thailand, NTT has a data center conveniently located for customers anywhere on the globe.

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vCloud Air vTech Talk: Use Cases

By now, you’ve likely already heard about VMware vCloud® Air™. But if it’s still unclear how you can use it to benefit your company or organization, you’ll want to check out our latest vTech Talk video.

In this episode of vCloud vTech Talk, our series highlighting tips, tricks and resources for all things vCloud Air, Jenny Fong, Marketing Manager for vCloud Air, discusses the top use cases as submitted by users within our own community.

Customers like to use vCloud Air for Dev/Test, uniform platform, uptime for mission critical workloads, and so much more.

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