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In Case You Missed It – Cloud Foundry Open Source Foundation Bylaws

By Jay Marshall, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Cloud Application Development, Hybrid Cloud Services Division, VMware

Last week Cloud Foundry published governing documents for the Cloud Foundry open source Foundation. It’s an important moment that gets the industry one step closer to delivering on the promise of PaaS. At VMware, it’s especially near to our hearts because it continues an effort that we started several years ago.

The Cloud Foundry open source PaaS project began at VMware and publicly launched in April 2011. We spun out the Cloud Foundry project as part of Pivotal in the spring of 2013, and have continued to work closely with the team as one of the leading sponsors for this open PaaS initiative.

As a result:

  • In November 2013, we released Pivotal CF, software based on open source Cloud Foundry, enabling VMware customers to offer a PaaS based on vSphere.
  • In May we announced the industry’s first enterprise-class hybrid PaaS on VMware vCloud Air
  • And we continue to explore further integration of Pivotal CF with VMware management products, and vCloud Air services to make it easier for customers to rapidly adopt and enjoy the benefits of an enterprise PaaS

Overall progress for the industry-wide effort has benefited from Cloud Foundry’s open source PaaS project – one that provides a choice of clouds, frameworks and application services.

The bylaws published last week were drafted by a committee with deep open source expertise and with a focus on creating a system of governance that maintains a meritocratic, agile development community for open PaaS. Beyond that progress we’ve made to this point with our open initiative efforts, the end goal is to create a foundation that fosters a longstanding community of customers, partners and competitors who work together, learn together and build upon open cloud and open source to spark continuous innovation and high velocity agile development.

You can read the Cloud Foundry blog to learn more about the bylaws and future path to establishing the Foundation. They bylaws are also available for review in the About section on the Cloud Foundry website.

VMware Acquires Continuent

By Ajay Patel, Vice President, Application as a Service, VMware

I am excited to announce that VMware today acquired the assets of Continuent, a leading provider of database clustering and replication, enabling enterprises to run business-critical applications on cost-effective open source software. The Continuent team joins VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Business Unit.

Continuent’s products bring the power of advanced clustering and replication, including high availability, disaster recovery, multi-master operation and real-time data warehouse loading, to MySQL. In particular, Continuent Tungsten enables customers to apply the full power of both MySQL and a full range of data management systems including Hadoop, Oracle and Amazon Redshift, to deliver complete transaction processing and analytics.

Continuent’s customers represent the some of the most innovative and successful organizations in the world, handling billions of transactions daily across a wide range of industries. The acquisition is good news for Continuent customers, as we plan to continue offering Continuent Tungsten as an infrastructure agnostic hybrid solution, with the same high quality support that customers currently receive for other VMware products.

Moving forward, we plan to enhance Continuent’s technology, integrating it within VMware vCloud Air our hybrid cloud service. We will also investigate expanding the integration to VMware’s core Software-Defined Data Center products. These new VMware services and product capabilities will enhance our customers’ ability to provide high availability, scale, and reliability for their relational databases and dependent applications.

So with that, we welcome the Continuent team to the VMware family and look forward to continuing to deliver the industry’s fastest path to hybrid cloud.

Introducing the vCloud Air Information Hot Spot!

We at VMware aim to provide you with the information you need, when you need it, to help guide you on your journey to the hybrid cloud. To that end, today we’re introducing a new Facebook application where you can access key vCloud Air resources whenever and wherever you need them.


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Announcing the Expansion of vCloud Air in Europe

VMworld Europe 2014 is officially underway, and we’ve kicked off the show with a lot of exciting news for VMware vCloud® Air™! In his keynote, our own Pat Gelsinger announced plans to bring vCloud Air to all VMware customers in Germany, an important first step to introducing an easy, fast path to an efficient and agile public cloud.

As Gavin Jackson notes in his recent blog, there has been a strong appetite among customers for vCloud Air in Europe, and our new datacenter in Germany is an exciting addition to the vCloud Air network. Today’s announcement underlines our continued commitment to providing customers around the globe a cloud solution that’s both flexible and in line with local data requirements.

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Direct Connect: Now Available at a vCloud Air Location Near You

By popular demand, we are excited to announce the worldwide rollout of the VMware vCloud® Air™ Direct Connect™ service introduced last year to all existing VMware vCloud® Air™ locations. By providing a dedicated and secure connection with a streamlined deployment process, VMware is enabling customers around the world to seamlessly integrate vCloud Air into their internal networks and to more fully realize the benefits of the hybrid cloud.

What is Direct Connect?

Direct Connect enables secure, consistent, and high-bandwidth connectivity with max speeds of 1 or 10 Gbps, depending on compute service, through dedicated private lines from your facility or cross-connections from your co-located data center into your vCloud Air instance. These circuits are provided jointly with our Cross Connect Partners or with your Network Service Provider (NSP) for WAN private lines, enabling:

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Everything You Need to Know About the Hybrid Cloud at VMworld Barcelona 2014


Viva, Barcelona! VMworld Europe 2014 is right around the corner, and VMware has a lot in store for the hybrid cloud, for both our VMware vCloud® Air™ customers and our vCloud Air Network Service Providers.

From sessions, events, demos and more, here’s everything you need to know if you’ll be attending the show next week.

Visit vCloud Air Network Service Providers in the Service Provider Pavilion

As you make your way around the show floor this year, be sure to stop by the vCloud Air pods at the VMware booth. There will be live demos of vCloud Air, including management and application services, availability and networking capabilities and more. We’ll also have four vCloud Air Experts on hand to provide insight on various areas of expertise, including RaaS, Cloud Performance and Security, as well as general vCloud Air knowledge.

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Achieve Success in Cloud Services – Details on the New VMware vCloud Air Network Badge Program!

You may remember when we announced the launch of the VMware vCloud Air Network back in August.  By positioning VMware vCloud Air with our global ecosystem of over 3,800 VMware Service Provider partners in more than 100 countries, the vCloud Air Network offers greater consistency for customers transitioning to the hybrid cloud. To further support the growing global network, we’ve revamped the VMware vCloud Air Network Service Provider partner badging program to help our partners market their specific services.

Through our updated partner badging, vCloud Air Network Service Provider partners can now advertise validated VMware service offerings based on the technologies they use:

  • Hybrid Cloud Powered: For partners that have validated their services using VMware vCloud Director®, enabling bi-directional workflow between customer environments and partner clouds.
  • IaaS Powered: For providers that have clouds based on VMware vSphere®.
  • Horizon DaaS Powered: For partners that have validated clouds to support Desktop-as-a-Service deployments.

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Extend Your vSphere Data Center to the cloud with vCloud Air — Register for the 10/14 Webcast- Live Demo!


The hybrid cloud enables businesses to enjoy the agility and convenience of the public cloud with the flexibility to run applications onsite, offsite or both.

Join us on Tuesday, October 14, for a webcast with Mathew Lodge, VP of Cloud Services at VMware, at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). During the webcast Mathew will guide attendees through VMware vCloud® Air™, our secure Infrastructure-as-a-Service hybrid cloud solution built on VMware vSphere®, and explain how your organization can activate a production-ready cloud that’s 100% compatible with your vSphere environment. This enables you to use the same management, security, and networking tools you’ve already come to know and trust.

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How To Seed a vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Replication Without Downtime

In a recent blog post, VMware’s Chris Colotti shows step-by-step how to replicate a virtual machine in vCloud Air Disaster Recovery at a faster speed through data seeding.

With data seeding, you run the risk of a huge data transfer reduction. But there is a silver lining – you trade off the loss of data for a faster replication. To validate the process, Chris compared the results of three different methods:

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The Results Are In! The Winner of the vDilbert Caption Contest Is…

… Monty Moreland (@montymoreland)!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our vCloud Air Dilbert Caption Contest on Twitter! We received some really amazing entries, and while we wish we could name everyone a winner, there could only be one. So, after narrowing the list down to our top 10 favorites, we asked Scott Adams – creator of Dilbert – to pick the winning caption.

Congratulations to Monty Moreland for creating the winning caption (see below)! Monty did a great job in recognizing who the judge was and created a caption that resonated well with the Dilbert characters and theme. We hope you enjoy your new Pebble Watch!

#vDilbert Caption Contest

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