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vCloud Air Dev/Test Blog Series: Reinvent SDLC with Hybrid DevOps

By: Bob Webster and Roshni Pary

In the final edition of this blog series, we will discuss how to reinvent your software development lifecycle by creating a hybrid DevOps experience for your developers.

From desktop web apps to mobile apps and most recently big data analytics, organizations are building more applications than ever. But with this comes many challenges. Most release processes today are very manual and error prone. Moreover, full automation and orchestration solutions and methodologies are in their infancy stage of adoption.

These automation and orchestration solutions have come a long way in creating repeatable deployments and removing manual tasks, increasing the quality of code and decreasing the time-to-market for software releases. To effectively practice “DevOps”, in addition to the automation and orchestration tooling changes, people and process changes are also required. DevOps requires is a shift in mindset to effectively deliver rapidly changing software and systems at scale.

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DISA Certifies Level 2 DoD Mission Data on VMware vCloud Government Service

By: Angelos Kottas, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud, VMware

Building on the foundation of the FedRAMP P-ATO certification, VMware and Carpathia announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), a combat support agency for the US government, has granted a Department of Defense (DoD) Provisional Authorization (PA) enabling VMware vCloud® Government Service provided by Carpathia to host DoD data workloads at Impact Level 2.

DoD agencies can now accelerate adoption of VMware vCloud Government Service for these workloads. Impact Level 2 is for Non-Controlled Unclassified Information, which includes all data cleared for public release, and some DoD private unclassified information not designated as CUI or critical mission data, but the information requires minimal level of access control.

A growing number of agencies are embracing a hybrid cloud approach in which multiple cloud infrastructures, both private and public, enable data and application portability. This approach, in which customers maintain a consistent platform between their data centers and the cloud, offers reduced risk and accelerated time to value, with no need to refactor applications. VMware vCloud Government Service, built on the trusted foundation of VMware vSphere®, helps organizations accelerate IT delivery, improve efficiency and drive innovation.

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Help is Here: Streamlining Cloud Deployments with the VMware vCloud Air Network

About 46 percent of IT executives say that cloud computing is most likely to increase IT’s reliance on outsourcers and managed service providers. The same number of executives also say that cloud computing is more likely to require restructuring departments than any other technology or trend.

But moving to the cloud doesn’t have to be daunting.

With VMware vCloud Air Network™, our multi-pronged approach to cloud computing for business, companies can seamlessly transition to the cloud while maintaining compliance, performance, availability and the security standards currently in place.

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For IT Executives, Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery is Looking More and More Appealing

Businesses can’t afford downtime in the global market. It’s not just about lost productivity and revenue, it’s also about losing partner and customer trust. To keep downtime to a minimum and to preserve brand trust, IT executives are eyeing the power of cloud-based Disaster Recovery (DR).

That’s because current business continuity strategies are lagging where executives need them to perform the most: expanding DR beyond their primary data center, reducing costs and easy deployment and management.

We know this because we partnered with IDG Research to see what C-Level IT executives had to say about business continuity and DR planning. What we found was a slew of IT experts looking to adapt a robust, flexible DR solution that scales with their needs.

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TOSCA Blueprints at vCloud Air

By: Paco Gómez

This is a repost from Paco Gómez's personal blog.

The VMware vCloud® Air™ Command Line Interface is a traditional solution for interactive, text-based operations, which allows scripting and lightweight automation. In this post I'm going to talk about another approach to automation that we've been working on at vCloud Air for the last few months: TOSCA Application Blueprints.

TOSCA (Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications) is an open standard from OASIS that aims to enhance portability and management of cloud applications and services. In practical terms, a TOSCA service template (or application blueprint) is a document written in YAML that adheres to the syntax defined by the specification. The template is submitted to a TOSCA-compliant orchestration engine and, as a result, the application gets deployed and configured on the cloud provider of choice.

The draft 03 of the spec has been recently published and is worth taking a look as it has many good examples. But nothing beats a working demo and here I will describe the steps to deploy a TOSCA blueprint on vCloud Air. The implementation is based on Cloudify, an Open Source TOSCA-based orchestration engine from GigaSpaces, and the TOSCA vCloud plugin developed as a joint collaboration between VMware vCloud Air and GigaSpaces.

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vCloud Air Dev/Test Blog Series: Develop New Applications

By: Mike Roy and Roshni Pary

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series, we discussed how to test upgrades of an existing application (Windows 2003), and test new packaged applications (Git) with Bitnami. In Part 3 of this blog, we will see how to develop a new custom application on VMware vCloud® Air™.

A growing number of organizations are considering the use public cloud services to complement their on-premises environment to accelerate software development and testing cycles or extend capabilities through custom application development.

In a traditional on-premises environment, the initial hardware setup to support new application development can take several weeks, discouraging agile development. vCloud Air OnDemand cuts down that setup time significantly and allows software developers to focus on coding and building new apps – not on procuring infrastructure.

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IT Leaders Share Best Practices for Development, Testing and Running Applications in the Cloud

Update: This event occurred in the past. Watch the Google+ Hangout replay here.

VMware vCloud® Air™ supports  more than 5,000 applications and 90-plus operating systems certified to run on VMware vSphere® which enable users of the service to run existing applications in the cloud with ease. Users running on the vSphere platform will also enjoy seamless workload portability of on-premises applications to the cloud and back again using the same management tools, security and resources as their on-premises infrastructure.

What does this mean for IT professionals looking for a cost effective way to provide a flexible environment to its internal and external customers? It means that they can satisfy their developers’ need to be agile and quickly procure staging and production infrastructure as a service to test and build applications with ease and without additional capital investment. IT can also provide business stakeholders with the flexibility to extend existing applications to support unexpected growth, seasonal workloads and geographic expansion.

But don’t take our word for it. Join an upcoming Google+ Hangout event on June 23, 2015, 8 a.m. PST and hear firsthand from IT Professionals that are using  vCloud Air  to easily test, develop, run and back up applications to the cloud and maximize productivity to support growth.

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Another VMware Cloud in Action – SAIC Offers Hybrid Rapid Deployment Technology with VMware vCloud Air

As a leading technology integrator, Virginia-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) continues to redefine ingenuity through the delivery of systems engineering and integration offerings. SAIC provides technology solutions to federal, state and local governments, and is dedicated to delivering information technology and technical services at a rapid rate to customers.

As customer demand and aggressive development timelines grew, SAIC needed a solution that could help them quickly deploy IT infrastructure services and keep up with market demand. “We needed a rapid development platform for creating differentiated solutions and offerings for our customers,” said Coby Holloway, SAIC Vice President and Service Line Director of Cloud Computing Technologies and Business Transformation Services.

How did the company respond?  They turned to VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Services, using VMware vCloud® Air™ as their IT Infrastructure as a service platform and deploying VMware’s vCloud® Government Service for federal customers that have Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) requirements.

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VMware vCloud Air Network Ensures Smooth Deployment to the Cloud

The cloud is becoming an essential part of today’s IT infrastructure. According to IDC, companies are rapidly investing in cloud solutions and estimates that the public cloud market will maintain a 23 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018. Additionally, according to CompTIA research, more than 60 percent of firms say that cloud and cloud services components represent at least a third of their overall IT architecture.

Public clouds, private clouds and hybrid cloud all provide viable solutions for enterprises seeking to boost their business. While each option has its own positives and negatives, there is one common burden: moving an organization’s data from its current dwellings to the cloud.

When an organization moves applications workloads to the cloud, it needs a solution that precisely fits its business. Through the VMware vCloud Air Network, that business can access is a global ecosystem of more than 4,000 VMware vCloud Air Network Service Provider partners - all of whom are uniquely positioned to supply enterprises with VMware-based solutions.

VMware vCloud Air Network helps organizations to seamlessly move workloads to the cloud, migrate existing on-site virtual machines (VMs) to the cloud, or start new applications VMs directly within the cloud. With partners in more than 100 countries, enterprises can maintain data sovereignty and security while enjoying the benefits of the cloud of their choice.

To learn more about how VMware vCloud Air Network can provide your organization with the partnerships it needs to grow, download our latest whitepaper, “VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers Ensure Smooth Cloud Deployment.

If you’re ready to find a service provider to ensure a smooth deployment, visit us at vCloudProviders.VMware.com.

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History Repeats Itself

PaaS, BaaS, Microservices, APIs – Lessons learned in the past and how to apply them now

By: Rahul Srivastava

“History Repeats Itself” is not the catchiest heading for a blog. These are heady times in our industry and its much more exciting to talk about The Next Big Thing than revisiting the past.

So my goal with this post is simple – as we move forward and build the next generation of Cloud Native Apps, let’s review some of the hard lessons we’ve learned over the last decade building and running large-scale n-tier apps, so that we don’t have to re-learn them all over again!

Business Agility, Customer Experience and Moore’s Law are driving and enabling the development of the next generation of “SMAC” ("Social Mobile Analytics Cloud") applications.  That in turn has led to the emergence of interesting design patterns such as APIs & Microservices atop new platforms such as PaaS, IPaaS and BaaS. These platforms are typically being leveraged via pre-integrated offerings on public clouds such as VMware vCloud® Air™.

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