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Extending the Reach of Your Data Center

Previously, we described how vCloud Air is a public cloud designed especially for IT, solving a unique set of problems that cannot be addressed by other public clouds. In situations like mergers and acquisitions or for data consolidation projects, we talked about how vCloud Air can replace traditional physical data centers. In this blog, we will take a closer look at how vCloud Air can be an extension of your data center.

Back in 2003, VMware changed IT forever with the introduction of vMotion. To this day, IT administrators share stories of the first time they saw a vMotion. vMotion was impressive in live demonstrations, but more than that it delivered (and still delivers) countless benefits to IT administrators. It allows administrators to perform hardware maintenance without downtime, distribute and balance workloads across servers, and also helped pave the way to other vSphere innovations like our Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Storage vMotion.

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vTech Talk: On-Premises Data Center Replacement With vCloud Air

In this episode of vTech Talk, our series highlighting tips, tricks and resources for all thing vTech Talk (1)vCloud Air, Jim Armstrong, Group Manager for vCloud Air Product Marketing, tells us about how customers are using vCloud Air to replace their on-premises data centers.

Replacing on-premises data centers, due to a merger, acquisition, spinoff and more can be a daunting task. Public clouds offer infrastructure on demand, but if not compatible, this can add to the overall timeline and cost of the project. vCloud Air offers a fully compatible public cloud where you can “lift and shift” your existing on-premises infrastructure to implement a secure cloud environment. When replicating your existing on-premises network infrastructure to vCloud Air by utilizing Advanced Networking Services powered by NSX, you’ll maintain the same network, security, and access control policies across your on-premises and vCloud Air environments.

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VMware’s Largest Online Conference is Coming Up on April 19th!

VMware vForum Online is coming April 19th – and you don’t even have to leave your desk! Register today and discover the knowledge, insight, and tools you’ll need to fulfill your 2016 IT goals and inspire IT innovation within your organization.

You’ll explore new VMware solutions, engage with experts in technical chat sessions, attend up to 15 breakout sessions and participate in 8 different hands-on labs in this half-day, no-cost event! Here is a list of just a few cloud specific events being offered at vForum Online:

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Replacing Your Data Center is Simple with vCloud Air

Last week, we described how vCloud Air is a public cloud designed especially for IT, solving a iStock_000062207018_Largeunique set of problems that cannot be addressed by other public clouds. In this blog, we will take a closer look at one of these use cases: Data Center Replacement.

Replacing an existing data center is a major investment to undertake and a decision that often involves a lot of planning and thought. However, in certain situations, there is limited time for this planning. For instance:

The Magic of the Cloud and the Muggles of Compliance

This is a guest blog by Lilac Schoenbeck of iland.

It has been well over a decade since VMware introduced the magical thing called a hypervisor. cloudsecurityNot unlike some fictional charm, it deluded servers, floated them across clusters, and left everyone – myself included – in awe at the delicate dance they performed. Since then, great strides have been made in optimizing virtual environments – and even shipping them elsewhere, to the so-called cloud.

The cloud is even more magical. All the same outcomes, but without seeing a spec of the work involved. Like IT house elves in the ether, cloud delivers applications and half (or more) of its users are barely aware it exists.

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vCloud Air Network Compliance Spotlight: ISO 9001

Previously, in our vCloud Air Network Compliance Spotlight series, we’ve discussed:

In this month’s edition, we focus the compliance spotlight on ISO 9001. Not to be confused with ISO 27001, which is based around information security, ISO 9001 focuses its standards on quality.

ISO 9001 sets the requirements for a Quality Management System or QMS. This standard exists for any organization – large or small, that wants to certify that their products and services will consistently meet customer’s needs and that quality is consistently improved. Today, over one million companies in over 17 countries have an ISO 9001 certification.

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Watch How Advanced Networking Services Makes Life Easier

It’s almost like network professionals are married to their systems, nobody else understands ThinkstockPhotos-179260220their infrastructure better. Only a system administrator truly understands the importance of investing in their network’s future. When discussions of industry practices occur, they’re always adapting techniques to unique use cases. It’s a labor of love.

To address those real situations, we’re introducing our new networking services powered by VMware NSX. By having conversations with those using VMware vCloud Air, VMware vSphere, and other services; we directed our expertise to the areas where network professionals identified the most benefit.

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VMware vCloud Air is the Nine Iron of Public Clouds

By Jenny Fong, Director of Product and Technical Marketing, vCloud Air, VMware

Every golfer and golf fan has probably heard the famous Bobby Locke quote, “Drive for show, iStock_000019297039_Largeputt for dough.”[1] While this quote focuses on two of the game’s most practiced parts, it leaves out an equally important golf fundamental: the approach shot. In golf, a good approach shot complements a beautiful drive (or helps take the edge off a drive that ends up in the woods) and sets up an easier putt.

What does this have to do with vCloud Air? For more than a decade, VMware vSphere has helped IT departments gain data center efficiencies and cost savings: putting for dough. The rise of large scale public cloud vendors has gained attention across IT and the broader industry, with big names delivering flashy new applications: driving for show. But in-between is an often overlooked aspect of the cloud that not only eases many operational aspects of the on-premises environment, but also helps provide a solid foundation for the big, new, showy applications in the mega-clouds. vCloud Air is this approach shot and you can think of vCloud Air as the nine iron in your golf bag.

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vTech Talk: Can a Resource Region Be Changed After Creation?

In this episode of vTech Talk, our series highlighting tips, tricks and resources for all thing vCloud Air, George Kobar, Senior Technical Marketing Architect at vCloud Air, discusses how to change a resource region after it’s already been created.

Watch this episode of vTech Talk to learn more.

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Hybrid Cloud and Hybrid Cloud Manager

This is a repost from VMware Consulting Blog. Click here to view.

By Michael Francis

Disclaimer: This blog is not a technical deep dive on Hybrid Cloud Manager; it talks to the Michael_Francis-150x150components of the product and the design decisions around the product. It assumes the reader has knowledge of the product and its architecture.

Recently, I have been involved with the design and deployment of Hybrid Cloud Manager for some customers. It has been a very interesting exercise to work through the design and the broader implications.

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