Fusion is a global IT services company solving IT operations problems for many Fortune 500 companies. In most cases, Fusion uses world-class IT management software to deliver superior services. But when it comes to building out cloud infrastructure, Fusion turns to iland, a VMware vCloud Air Network partner.
This is because iland helps Fusion to round out its offerings. By employing and deploying an already established best-of-breed cloud provider, Fusion can deliver a superior cloud experience to its customers while focusing its efforts on bigger IT problems.
When cloud computing first came on the scene, it was viewed primarily as a way to cut capital and operating expenses. Now, IT is beginning to realize the advantage of the cloud lies in its ability to drive business agility and innovation. The powerful advantages of the cloud are creating a whole new world of opportunities for businesses ready to seize them.
Stepping into the Cloud-First Paradigm
The challenges facing IT used to be solved in one primary way: investing in more and better hardware, which was fine for organizations with unlimited time and money but how many enterprises have that luxury? Today’s global marketplace requires simpler, more economical solutions and an entirely different frame of mind. A “cloud-first” mentality means leveraging the power of the cloud to solve business problems of all kinds. IT departments are realizing they can use the cloud to deliver business needs faster and scale to meet business demand rapidly. The cloud is enabling process innovation that results in easier deployment of standard services and enhanced workforce mobility. And with cloud, Big Data becomes less of a burden and more of a goldmine of searchable insights that organizations can use to make better business decisions.
Just like the vCloud Air Community, the vCloud Air Academy is a one-stop shop for all things vCloud Air, including access to our most popular webcast series, interactive documents and more.
This week, we’re highlighting our exclusive vCloud Air eBook featuring Dilbert cartoons by Scott Adams. The eBook is an in-depth look at the vCloud Air service, from Security and Compliance, Networking, Management, Availability and more. Visit the vCloud Air Academy to access the eBook and to get the technical building blocks to get started with vCloud Air.
Wow, it was quite a week on the VMware vCloud Air Blog! Now you can catch up on everything that’s been happening in one place. Here’s the past week in review:
In past blogs, we’ve discussed how easy and simple it is to find a cloud provider that fits you.
Not quite ready to take the plunge? That’s no problem – we understand this reluctance.
That’s why the vCloud Air Network is here to ease the transition to the public and hybrid cloud by offering a free test drive with select vCloud Air Network service providers. This allows your business to test out a service to ensure it meets your expectations and business requirements. This way, you can rapidly deploy more workloads as you’re ready.
By: Prashant Suri, vCloud Air Scale & Performance Engineer
As part of an annual analyst review of vCloud Air, we needed to test how long it takes to power on 1,000 virtual machines without any failures. This provided a great opportunity to build an automated workflow to see what we could achieve. Compared to last year, we were able to deploy 1,000 CentOS 6.3 virtual machines, in 16 minutes.
For this particular test, I had access to vCloud Air Dedicated Clouds in New Jersey, Virginia, and Texas. Prior to testing, I set up one Virtual Data Center in Texas, one in Virginia, and two in New Jersey. Each Virtual Data Center gave me a pool of resources where I could distribute part of the 1,000 virtual machines. In other words, I could better utilize the capacity in each one of these locations and deploy 250 virtual machines in parallel to each Virtual Data Centers. The diagram below shows this distribution.
Keeping the lights on is a little more complicated when you’re talking about business continuity. Thankfully, VMware vCloud Air offers one of the best BC/Disaster Recovery options on the market today.
But what about setting your Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO)? Will 15 minutes work? Should it be shorter? Longer? How do different types of data stores affect recovery?
By: Penny Collen, Financial Solutions Architect, Thought Leader, Blogger, and Speaker
If you work in IT, you know that the phrase “Keep the Business Running” has never been more challenging. Ready access to up-to-date information is critical throughout all parts of your business. Web-based apps create an environment for direct interaction with customers globally. You simply cannot afford service degradation or outages, meaning business continuity and disaster recovery hold an elevated priority for managing IT resources.
This week the cloud was filled with webcasts, FAQs and new updates! Catch up on everything that’s been happening on the VMware vCloud Blog in one place. Here’s the past week in review:
Since we announced the VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT-SP), our goal was to give service providers the reference documents they need to construct cloud platforms and service offerings built on today’s VMware technologies.
Today, we want to give you an update on vCAT-SP, as well as highlight one feature that is sure to enhance your experience as a service provider.