Today’s businesses must be able to provide their consumers with the information they need whenever and wherever they request it. That means utilizing a powerful, flexible network capable of deploying services as they’re needed. To power that on-demand capability businesses require today, service providers are offering VMware-based public and hybrid cloud services through the VMware vCloud Air Network..
When Singapore’s National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), the country’s largest federation of trade unions, decided to move its infrastructure to the cloud, they turned to Singtel, a VMware vCloud Air Network service provider. Powered by VMware, Singtel provided the NTUC with a secure, scalable cloud that provided the organization with a scalable solution with zero downtime.
When Singtel finished its project ahead of schedule, the NTUC was able to reduce its total computing resources by 30 percent, rapidly deploy resources on demand and enable its customers to access special deals and live streams with ease.
In our last segment in this series, we discussed how you can use VMware vCloud® Air™ for various dev/test scenarios. Now, we’ll explain how you can extend existing packaged applications to vCloud Air, to deliver applications more efficiently and cost-effectively.
Packaged applications are critical to supporting business processes and operations, but they are often not proprietary to the business, such as SharePoint and Exchange. By moving standard packaged applications to a cloud environment, you can free up valuable onsite resources, improve productivity, and lower total cost of ownership.
However, not all public clouds are created equal. Many don’t allow you to freely move applications across onsite and offsite infrastructures without requiring time-consuming rewrites and reconfigurations. This can create additional infrastructure silos with multiple platforms – your own including other cloud provider platforms.
Since the rebranding of the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) to the VMware vCloud Air Network last year, VMware has continued to deepen relationships with service providers.
VMware vCloud Air Network service providers offer customers several benefits, including:
- A seamless transition to cloud for VMware customers
- Multiple compliance certifications, managed and application services, and vertical market specializations that meet business requirements
- Data sovereignty provided through local data centers
- Plus much more!
Rackspace, one of the largest VMware vCloud Air Network service providers, has been providing single-tenant, VMware-based managed hosting services for over 9 years, using their proactive Fanatical Support® to help their customers offload the maintenance and monitoring of the infrastructure, the VMware stack and guest OS so that they can focus on higher-value projects.
Have you mastered your organization’s disaster recovery plan? Think you know the answers to, “When did we last test our plan?” or “How much would an hour of downtime cost?” If so, we want to give you a chance to put your knowledge to the test.
Last year, we launched the first DR Challenge and invited our audience to test their disaster recovery know-how. The participation was so great we’ve decided to bring it back! Sign up for this year’s DR Challenge and try your hand at three quizzes designed to test your mastery of cloud-based disaster recovery facts. A perfect score enters you into a drawing for a free pass to VMworld 2015!
The challenge begins today, February 12th, and runs through March 25th. You’ll have roughly 2 weeks to take each quiz. Register now to get started:
By migrating over to VMware vCloud® AirTM, National Physician Services (NPS) expects to save $500,000 over a three-year span in data center costs, as well as an additional cost savings of 15-20% through the adoption of VMware vCloud® AirTM Disaster Recovery.
Bryan Graven, CEO of healthcare technology company NPS, understood the importance of improving the quality of patient care, but also knew that providing best-of-breed technology to the medical community came with its own set of industry-specific challenges. Some of the challenges Graven identified included implementing technological advancements, protecting Personal Healthcare Information (PHI), and improving patient care while reducing expenses.
In addition to these challenges, Graven also recognized the technical obstacles that could hinder business success – disaster recovery shortcomings, backup downtime, physical limitations, financial burdens – and saw the cloud as an opportunity to mitigate many, if not all, of those problems. Because of this, NPS knew they needed a partner they could trust to carry them through the transition to the cloud.
For many organizations, networking is the key barrier that keeps them from fully realizing the benefits of the hybrid cloud. Until now, no public cloud has offered networking capabilities that allowed organizations to seamlessly combine the agility and flexibility of the cloud with the security and manageability that they have come to expect on-premises.
VMware is taking a trailblazing step toward solving this key pain point through the upcoming release of VMware vCloud® Air™ Advanced Networking Services. By leveraging VMware NSX™ as its underlying networking platform, vCloud Air will provide enhanced security controls, routing, and network scaling capabilities in the cloud.
With these new services, customers can experience in their vCloud Air environments:
By: Paco Gómez
This is a repost from Paco Gómez’s personal blog.
CoreOS is a popular Linux distribution for applications that use Docker Containers. The following article describes the steps to install CoreOS on VMware vCloud® Air™ OnDemand. The use of vCloud Air Command Line Interface makes the process easier to document and more convenient to follow.
The guide assumes the following pre-requisites:
We are using a vCloud Air OnDemand account, but these instructions can also be applied to subscription-based vCloud Air accounts and to vCloud Air Network (vCloud Director), with some modifications on how to login to the service. In the next blog post I will describe how to use vca-cli to login to those other types of accounts.
Last week, Avaya became the latest major industry player to choose VMware vCloud® AirTM as a platform for delivering secure, high-performing and resilient services to the enterprise. Avaya announced a powerful new service on vCloud Air that takes advantage of the core strengths of the hybrid cloud. The new solution, called Hybrid Engagement as a Service, enables customers to manage their communications and engagement services via a mixture of cloud and on-premises resources. Avaya now offers customers more flexibility and cost efficiency to move communications and engagement services to the cloud and into a usage-based billing model. vCloud Air is the foundation of this new hybrid cloud service for enterprise communications, and helps deliver on the operational, technical, and licensing requirements of enterprise customers.
Unified communications is a hotly contested space, driven by the ever increasing enterprise need to communicate in real-time across multiple channels such as IM/chat, VOIP, integrated audio, web and video conferencing, desktop sharing, and mobility options. Avaya delivers the entire unified communication stack – along with its industry leading contact center solutions and vCloud Air high availability architecture – that can process real-time traffic without latency, loss of performance, or quality. Also key is delivering these connections in the cloud securely, with the dedicated connectivity options available through numerous carriers on vCloud Air.
Avaya partners can now offer enterprise customers a seamless extension of their current private cloud investments, allowing critical collaboration applications to be moved between on-premises private and public cloud environments. vCloud Air allows enterprises to migrate to the cloud in a phased approach, to determine which applications they want to maintain in the private cloud or data center, and which ones they want to securely migrate to the public cloud. With the agility and flexibility of the cloud to consume on demand, enterprises can quickly deploy to new sites and remote facilities, as well as expand existing operations.
Today, VMware announced that VMware vCloud® Government Service provided by Carpathia™ has achieved the Provisional Authority to Operate (ATO) through the U.S. Government’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). vCloud Government Service – an infrastructure-as-a-service hybrid cloud – is based on the award-winning VMware vSphere® platform. As a result, government and defense agencies can leverage investments in vSphere technology with the FedRAMP compliant hybrid cloud solution to help reduce costs, expand IT resources and services, and improve service levels for users.
To learn more about VMware vCloud Government Service and FedRAMP, read the Tribal Knowledge blog.
In addition, watch the video to hear VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger, discuss the announcement in more detail.