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VMworld 2014 Predictions, Advice and Must-See Events — a Recap of Our August #cloudtalk

We wanted to know what you were craving to see at VMworld 2014. So, on August 12th, we hosted our pre-VMworld #cloudtalk to discuss what sessions you’re planning on attending and what you think will happen at this year’s conference. With vExperts Dave Hill (@davehill99) and Barry Coombs (@VirtualisedReal) hosting, we knew it was going to be a great discussion.

Our #cloudtalk kicked off with a simple question: “What are you looking forward to at VMworld 2014?

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Come See Project NEE, VMware’s Virtual Lab Platform, at VMworld 2014!

Few things can beat hands-on experience when it comes to training personnel on the latest software environments, but provisioning resources for classes can be difficult.  Labs have to be recreated after each lesson and students need to download and install numerous clients and software.

Say goodbye to all that and hello to VMware’s Next-generation Education Environment – Project NEE.

If you’ve ever tried a VMware Hands-On Lab at VMworld, one-line or at a worldwide user’s group meeting,  then you’ve already gotten a peek into Project NEE’s capabilities. Project NEE gives you the ability to deliver true hands-on labs and education content to anyone, anywhere and at anytime though the cloud — regardless of your class size. All you need is a browser with HTML 5 and a few minutes to sign-up, set up and get training. Continue reading

Calling All Customers: vCloud Air Network Has Arrived!

By: Geoffrey Waters

Today we are thrilled to share two new updates on the hybrid cloud business here at VMware - First, we’ve launched the new VMware vCloud Air Network, an evolution and expansion of our existing VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) loaded with more cloud service options than ever.  We are delivering something truly unique to our customers through this initiative, which supports over 3,800 VMware Service Provider partners in 100+ countries and VMware vCloud Air.

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Get Started with the Hybrid Cloud at VMworld With These 5 Starting Points Sessions

When it comes to getting the best of both worlds, hybrid cloud does just that – it allows for scalable access to much-needed IT resources, while also allowing the flexibility to move workloads onsite or offsite to meet specific needs.

So how do you get started with hybrid cloud? Register for any or all of these 5 VMworld sessions, each based on one of our hybrid cloud starting points.

Development and Testing

Hybrid Sandboxing – Create the Ultimate On and Off Premises Test/Dev Factory

HBC2577

New Enterprise Applications

Architect the Hybrid Cloud for Microsoft Exchange and Lync

HBC2066

Disaster Recovery

Recovery as a Service (RaaS) with vCloud Hybrid Service

HBC1534

Packaged Applications

Build Your First Mobile Application.. in the cloud.. in 60 Minutes

HBC1917

Next-Generation Applications 

Smells Like Team Spirit: Achieve Hybrid Operations Nirvana with vCloud Hybrid Cloud

HBC2609

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How to Get Started with VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery in a Few Easy Steps

Few companies can afford to have their business-critical operations go offline, yet many businesses don’t have the proper resiliency tools in place. It’s not because organizations lack the desire to adopt disaster recovery, it’s because the constrictive contracts, inflexible environments, and high price points that come with traditional options makes it prohibitive to do so. The cloud changes that.

VMware’s new recovery-as-a-service offering gives midsize businesses an affordable option for disaster recovery. VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery helps you fulfill the need to implement or supplement your continuity plans while addressing budget, time, and resource constraints. If you’re interested in getting started with the service, keep in mind the following tips:

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The VMware Service Provider Team Is Gearing up for VMworld 2014! Here’s What You Need to Know

With VMworld right around the corner, the VMware vCloud Service Provider team is gearing up, with many exciting things on the agenda during this year’s VMworld.

If you’ve every been curious about VMware Service Provider solutions, VMworld is your chance to get caught up on all of the latest offerings from our partners by meeting with them in person.

Here’s the list of Service Providers who will be exhibiting inside the Solutions Exchange (many of whom will be in the Service Provider Pavilion – new at VMworld this year!):

  • Cirrity LLC
  • Evolve IP
  • NTT America, Inc.
  • Peak 10
  • Phoenix NAP
  • ScaleMatrix
  • Virtustream
  • Rackspace
  • Navisite
  • CSC
  • AT&T
  • AirVM
  • Bluelock
  • iland
  • QTS
  • OneNeck IT Solutions
  • Sungard Availability Services

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Why is vCloud Air 35% Cheaper Than Azure and 83% Cheaper Than AWS?

Imagine that your local grocery store or supermarket proudly proclaimed, “We’ve cut the price of eggs 44 times and they’re now $3!” and their competitor down the street, not to be outdone, claimed, “Eggs are $2.75 here!” The first question you’d ask is, “How many eggs do I get and what size are they?” In short, what exactly am I getting for my money? Yet in the cloud wars when vendors cut prices, the headlines are the equivalent of, “Vendor cuts egg prices to $2.75 rendering chicken farms irrelevant,” and blogs sprout speculating about the type and cost of the underlying poultry and flock management.

When it comes to running applications on IaaS, price-performance is what matters. It is no use having low-cost cloud service if it’s not powerful enough to run your app with the performance you need. To that end, VMware commissioned benchmarking tests from Principled Technologies, who determined that vCloud Air delivers 2x the compute power of Microsoft Azure and 3x the storage performance of Amazon AWS.

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VMworld 2014: Check Out What’s in Store for the Hybrid Cloud!

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It’s the beginning of August, which means VMworld is only a few short weeks away! Attendees will soon get the chance to preview the latest in VMware technology, view demos of VMware tech and solutions, and wine and dine among some of the leading minds in the industry!

VMworld is always a packed event with more to do, see and learn than there are hours in the day. Rest assured, we’ll be on-site shooting videos, taking pictures, and live-tweeting the whole event so you can catch up on what you missed later. But to make sure you don’t miss the essentials, we’ve compiled this handy guide to VMworld 2014. Here are 4 things you don’t want to miss:

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F5 Enhances Application Availability with VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

In June on the vCloud Blog, we talked about how to configure F5 Network’s BIG-IP® Global Traffic Manager for vCloud Hybrid Service, to address the challenge of maintaining a seamless user experience across a hybrid environment. Then in late July, F5 officially announced the availability of BIG-IP application services for  VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, allowing enterprise customers to easily extend the same impactful application delivery services they already use in their data center, into the cloud.

Today, you have a chance to see vCloud Hybrid Service, a secure, hybrid cloud service based on VMware vSphere®, powering a lab at the F5 Networks’ Agility 2014 Conference in New York City.  Customers who attend the Agility conference will be able to see for themselves how easily they can deploy F5’s virtual editions in vCloud Hybrid Service, and then configure them to load balance an application workload in VMware’s hybrid cloud.

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Gear Up for VMworld 2014! We Want to Hear What You’re Excited About in our 8/12 #cloudtalk

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We know you must be getting excited about VMworld 2014, because we are too! Leading up to VMworld 2014, we want to encourage all VMworld attendees and enthusiasts, both past and present, to join us for our next #cloudtalk and share your must-see sessions and events that you’re looking forward to at VMworld this year.

For this month’s #cloudtalk on Tuesday, August 12th from 11am-12pm PT, we want to discuss your 2014 VMworld predictions and field your questions on the must-see events. Co-hosting the chat will be VMworld veterans David Hill, a VMware Technical Marketing Architect for vCloud Hybrid Service, and Barry Coombs, Technical Architect, Blogger and VMware vExpert.

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