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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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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:

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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vCloud Air Network Service Provider Spotlight: OnX Managed Services

For LBMX, processing purchase orders for customers can’t go fast enough. As the go-to resource for purchasing cooperatives, buying groups and independent members residing in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, agility is vital. These groups, seeking to leverage the power of collective buying for better terms and deals, need LBMX’s help to process these payments and ensure that vendor rebate payments conform to contractual agreements.

In their search for a service provider that fit their business needs, LBMX decided on OnX Managed Services – their story is the focus of this week’s vCloud Air Network spotlight.

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Modernize Your Enterprise with vCloud Air for the Public Cloud – Learn Why on 6/16!

The average enterprise data center runs more legacy on-premises applications that are VMWQ216-17_vCloud-Air-6-16_Facebook_1200x628_6-6-16_JS_004virtualized by VMware vSphere® than “born in the cloud” applications. However, these existing applications can benefit from the agility and flexibility of a public cloud platform. Sign up for our VMware vCloud® Air™ webcast on 6/16 and explore key enterprise factors to consider when deciding to move to the public cloud.

Join leading cloud platform experts – including IDC guest speaker Gary Chen, the Research Manager for Cloud and Virtualization System Software and Jenny Fong, VMware’s Director of vCloud Air Technical Marketing –  as they share valuable insight into how vCloud Air can help your enterprise leverage the public cloud. The webcast will cover:

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What Can I Do with My Leftover SPP Credits?

By Matt Kwok, Business Planning Leader for Cloud Services, VMware

While many customers are familiar with the benefits of VMware’s Subscription Purchasing Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 10.31.38 AMProgram (covered in previous posts), one question I am commonly asked is, “What can I do with vCloud Air if I only have a few SPP credits leftover?”

This question usually comes up when a customer has already used most of their purchased credits to fund their main projects, and now discover that they have a few dozen unused credits that are nearing their 12-month expiration date. Alternatively, they may have purchased some trial SPP credits as part of an Enterprise Agreement and are now looking to burn them down.

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vCloud Air Network Service Provider Spotlight: TeraGo Networks

When Canadian businesses decide to traverse the path to the hybrid cloud, it’s vital they rely on a provider who is able to guide them on their journey in an efficient manner. It’s also equally important that providers ensure their customer’s information assets stay within Canada and remain protected by Canadian data sovereignty laws.

Thankfully, for Canadian businesses, there is TeraGo Networks.



A national IT solutions company, TeraGo Networks Inc. provides network, data center and cloud computing storage solutions for over 4,000 businesses across Canada.

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