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Another VMware Cloud in Action – National Physician Services Saves $500,000 in Data Center Costs with vCloud Air

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.

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New Networking Services Open Door to the Hybrid 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:

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Using CoreOS on vCloud Air OnDemand

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.

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Avaya Announces Hybrid Engagement-as-a-Service on vCloud Air

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.

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VMware vCloud Government Service Meets FedRAMP Requirements

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.

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More ISVs Join the vCloud Air Ecosystem

VMware vCloud® AirTM continues to gain momentum in the marketplace with customers and ISVs alike. This week at the VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) in San Francisco, six new partners announced their support of the vCloud Air platform, while an existing ISV partner certified an additional solution for their vCloud Air-certified portfolio. These ISVs have joined the vCloud Air ISV Partner Program and achieved ‘VMware Ready – vCloud Air’ certification. As a result, you can have confidence that certified applications work seamlessly in vCloud Air, and can be deployed into production with peace of mind.

Solutions from these new vendors are now listed in the vCloud Air Marketplace, adding to the collection of well-known security, manageability and automation solutions that already support vCloud Air.

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Today’s VMware and Google Announcement

By: Mathew Lodge

Today Google and VMware announced an agreement to integrate selected Google Cloud Platform services into VMware vCloud® Air™.

Google Cloud Storage– Distributed low-cost object storage service

  • Google BigQuery – A real-time analytics service suitable for ad-hoc business intelligence queries across billions of rows of data in seconds
  • Google Cloud Datastore– A schemaless NoSQL database service
  • Google Cloud DNS– A globally-distributed low-latency DNS service

For more information about the integration of selected Google Cloud Platform Services into vCloud Air, visit the Tribal Knowledge blog.

Evaluating Disaster Recovery Options: Consider the Cloud

These days, more and more businesses are looking to the cloud for disaster recovery solutions — and for good reason. Cloud-based disaster recovery offers businesses flexibility in commitment, capacity, and cost, giving them the option of comprehensive DR without breaking the bank. This might explain why, according to a recent IDG market survey, 43 percent of surveyed businesses said they’re migrating to the cloud specifically to improve their disaster recovery capabilities.

Organizations know they need to minimize expensive downtime and protect business-critical data, however, traditional disaster recovery plans are typically too costly or complicated for small- and medium-sized businesses to adopt. As we’ve discussed previously on the blog, moving disaster recovery to the hybrid cloud can be a seamless, affordable solution for these businesses.

If your organization is currently evaluating the cloud for disaster recovery, here are a couple questions to ask when considering your options:

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These informative discussions will show you how you can automate operations, increase margins and deliver both desktops and applications throughout your organization with ease. All you have to do is attend one or all three of these upcoming segments:

How To Get Started Delivering Desktops and Apps as a Cloud Service

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Where Has My Subscription Cloud Gone?

By David Hill

This is a re-post from David Hill’s Personal Blog site.

I received an email today asking “Hey Dave, where has my subscription cloud gone?” I responded with let me Google that for you… Actually I didn’t because I knew why they were asking.

Last week, VMware announced a new service offering, VMware vCloud® Air™ Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand. Read here all of the details.

This has brought with it a completely new interface for logging into your vCloud Air subscription-based clouds.  It’s actually really straight forward to access all of your subscription-based clouds.

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