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5 Things to Look for in a Cloud Partner Program

This is a repost from Talkin’ Cloud. You can find the original post here.

By: Melissa Ross

According to Gartner, the use of cloud computing is growing. By 2016 this growth will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend, and by the end of 2017 nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments.

The opportunity for you to develop and administer unique business solutions for your customers is now, and chances are you’re evaluating the options in order to decide what the best platform is for your customers. As you look to partner with technology companies to develop your public and hybrid cloud strategy and service offerings, here are five things to look for in a partner program:

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vCloud Air Command Line Interface

By: Paco Gomez, vCloud Air ‎Senior Solutions Architect

This is a repost from Paco’s personal blog

As a cloud provider, VMware vCloud Air has a rich set of functionality available to users through the Portal and the API. With the release of the vCloud Air Command Line Interface (vca-cli), users now have another method to access the service and leverage the benefits of scripting for automation and documentation purposes.

The vca-cli is a cross-platform tool that exposes the rich vCloud Air API with a command line interface. The following entry is an introduction on how to install and use vca-cli.

vca-cli requires Python and pip. Make sure these two components are properly installed on your system. After that, simply install vca-cli with:

$ pip install vca-cli

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Automating Your vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Environment with RaaSCLI

By: Massimo Re Ferrè

VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery has been a very popular offering since it became available. Disaster recovery to the cloud is a killer use case because it’s ideal for:

  1. Customers that want to start using the cloud but want to start with low risk and low impact to production workloads.
  2. Customers that want or need to implement a disaster recovery solution but don’t have the high impact CAPEX budget for it.

vCloud Air Disaster Recovery leverages the latest VMware vSphere® Replication™ Appliance that you can download for free (provided you have vSphere Essentials Plus and above) and can be configured to replicate virtual machines from a vCenter Server to either another vCenter server or to vCloud Air. This is a good article that explains how the service works.

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Save the Day with VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery

Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes and reveal themselves in the most trying of times. For businesses, those trying times often involve blackouts, power surges, natural disasters and other conditions that can cause severe data loss. But the power of one person can help save any organization from the ultimate disaster.

That person: the I.T. Manager. 

IT Hero

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VMware vCloud Air Supported Operating Systems

By David Hill

This is a repost from David Hill’s blog, davidhill.co.

Andy Steven who is a colleague of mine working in the EMEA vCloud Air team asked me what Operating Systems are supported in VMware vCloud® Air™? This isn’t the first time I have been asked this question, so I thought I would quickly publish the list, to provide easy reference to lookup which vCloud Air Operating Systems are supported.

As most of you know, VMware vCloud Air leverages vCloud Director to enable the cloud capabilities needed to provide a public cloud service.  vCloud Director supports a wide variety of 32 bit and 64 bit Operating Systems.

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10 Advantages of vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand

Last month, we announced the launch of the VMware vCloud® AirTM Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand Early Access Program – a program that will enable customers to provision VMware vCloud Air technology in minutes, with no up front resource or cost commitments. In fact, if you sign up for early access, you can receive up to $1,000 in service credits.

Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand is ideal for customers who need to access a flexible, resizable cloud quickly. With Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, you can:

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Get More Out of Your Cloud with the VMware vCloud Air Network

‘Tis the season for productivity! This holiday season, get more out of your cloud strategy with the VMware vCloud Air Network and enjoy greater flexibility, control and compliance with any of our 4,000 service providers located globally. Access to more of the cloud capabilities you need means you can sit back, relax, and enjoy more eggnog.

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Another VMware Cloud In Action – Creative Solutions in Healthcare Reduces IT Costs by 30% Running Its Hybrid Cloud on VMware

Creative Solutions in Healthcare, the largest owner and operator of skilled nursing facilities in the state of Texas, had a problem: IT was driving up costs with little to show for it. The company decided to move their infrastructure to the cloud with VMware vCloud® Air™, and the shift was transformative. Since moving to the cloud with VMware, Creative Solutions in Healthcare went from two dozen servers to a handful of optimized servers, and reduced their IT budget by a third.

Creative Solutions in Healthcare also needed to deliver new forms of compliance as they related to HIPAA, the HITECH Act, as well as the NIST framework, forcing the requirements for their IT efforts to escalate in dramatic fashion. Because of this, Shawn Wiora, Chief Information Officer of Creative Solutions in Healthcare, looked at going from a physical infrastructure to a virtual one.

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Why Today’s Cloud Foundry Foundation Launch Matters

By Jay Marshall

Today’s announcement of the Cloud Foundry Foundation is a significant milestone for the industry’s leading open platform as a service project. The Cloud Foundry Foundation is made up of more than 40 member companies and will be managed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, a leader in managing and operating open source projects.

Having spent a majority of my career in the enterprise Java space, I have burned countless hours twiddling bits and letting my propeller spin while trying out new technologies in the name of finding some new golden nugget of binary gold.  Such was the case almost five years ago when I tried what was the first iteration of cloudfoundry.com, which was much different than what it is today. I was mesmerized at the ease of taking a simple little Servlet-based app and instantly having it provisioned on the cloud. Of course I just called it “the web” back then, but it was a glimpse of what the future would bring.

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Top Five Reasons Why Your Organization Should Consider Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

Few organizations can afford the downtime caused by a disaster. Those capable of weathering such events usually have the datacenters, internal expertise and budget to do so — options that aren’t available for most mid-market organizations.

However the tides are changing, as many organizations look away from traditional disaster recovery solutions and to the cloud. According to an IDG market survey, 43% of respondents are getting started with hybrid cloud to improve their disaster recovery capabilities. With VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery, businesses can leverage cloud-based disaster recovery at a price they can afford, while using the tools they’re already familiar with.

While there are many reasons to adopt a cloud-based disaster recovery solution, we highlight the top 5 reasons below:

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