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Why Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery is the Best Path to Disaster Security

Every company knows the importance of having a disaster recovery plan in place to protect business critical applications and data. But if that is the case, then why is it that nearly 60 percent of all businesses haven’t established a plan for disaster recovery?

These businesses don’t want to wager on the chances of a disaster, but the high cost and complexity of traditional disaster recovery solutions can be problematic. Those costs hamper the will to prepare for a disaster — even at the insistence of IT.

Fortunately, there is an answer: VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery, a cloud-based disaster recovery solution that offers clear advantages over traditional solutions. vCloud Air Disaster Recovery provides businesses with the same level of protection as traditional disaster recovery, while also providing them with the low cost, ease of use and compatibility they need.

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Read the Newest VMware Comic Book: Hero On Demand

Your company is launching a new app in two days, and you’re in charge of finding a cloud service to develop and replicate test environments quickly. What do you do?

Our newest comic book chronicles the path of IT manager, Gene, who needs to find a solution. Can he quickly purchase a service that meets his teams’ requirements and is easy to use? Or does he get trapped in a maze of systems and miss the launch entirely?

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Expand Your Offerings with the VMware vCloud Air Network Managed Services Provider Model

Service providers are always looking for new opportunities to expand their offerings. To supply them with those opportunities, we’re now including a Managed Services Provider model with the VMware® vCloud Air™ Network Program.

With VMware’s new Managed Services Provider model, service providers can leverage vCloud Air as their core infrastructure while differentiating with managed services. This enables providers to extend vertical market expertise with vCloud Air compliance certifications, support VMware-ready certified ISV applications and still own the Terms of Service with their customers.

Keep your customers happy by offering more cloud solutions in the market and increase your revenue streams with the vCloud Air Network Program and the Managed Services Provider model.

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Prove Your Cloud Expertise and You Could Win an Apple Watch!

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Earlier this year, we announced the general availability of our highly anticipated on demand cloud service offering. Now, just your credit card and web browser give you instant access to a scalable, flexible, pay-as-you-go public cloud. With VMware vCloud® Air™ Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, moving to the cloud has never been easier.

To celebrate, we’re inviting cloud connoisseurs to participate in our first VMware vCloud Air OnDemand Challenge. Ace one of our three short quizzes, and you could win a new Apple Watch Sport!

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Another VMware Cloud in Action – VIF International Education Expands Classroom Borders with vCloud Air

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, VIF International Education partners with more than 200 school districts to help prepare teachers and students for success in an interconnected world. For over 25 years, VIF has built many global education programs, ranging from professional development and curriculum to language immersion and cultural exchange arrangements in order to develop engaging learning environments where students can establish important 21st century skills. VIF CEO, David Young, explains the importance of international education for today’s students, “The world continues to become smaller in many ways and more interconnected. If [students] can become comfortable with change, become comfortable with differences, they’ll ultimately thrive as global citizens.”

Voted “Best for the World Overall” Honoree for overall social and environment impact in 2014, VIF provides professional development and curriculum programs to its educator network. In the Learning Center, teachers collaborate in an online community, earn and collect achievement badges in living portfolios, and work toward becoming a global-ready teacher. As educators progress through the company’s professional development modules, they transform their teaching practices and learning environments.

VIF knew they had a great product, but when they experienced a 500% surge in user growth in their first year, they knew they had to act fast to scale their IT infrastructure. Their business systems and Learning Center platform ran on VMware vSphere® clusters hosted on an IBM blade infrastructure located in their main office. This rapid growth strained their physical capacity, wreaking havoc on the platform’s reliability as they began experiencing bandwidth issues. Senior Systems Engineer Mark Haney was on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and was constantly worried about power outages, "It became important to us to find a solution that allowed us to grow at a faster rate than our internal infrastructure was capable of doing."

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Deep Dive into Advanced Networking Services with vCloud Air

Earlier this year, we announced the upcoming release of VMware vCloud™ Air® Advanced Networking Services. Powered by VMware NSX™, these new services offer enhanced security controls and routing and network scaling capabilities in the cloud. This allows you to achieve seamless environment extensions, fewer network or architectural conflicts and the ability to run any application workload anywhere to service your performance and availability needs.

Want to learn more about these networking services? Join us May 21st, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST for a technical deep-dive into Advanced Networking Services with vCloud Air. Hosted by Matthew Kwok, Product Marketing Manager at VMware, and George Kobar, Senior Technical Marketing Manager at VMware, you’ll see a live demo and learn how to:

  • Configure and implement Advanced Networking Services
  • Monitor Network Traffic
  • Manage Security Policies

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10 Reasons Why You Should Attend VMware’s Largest Online Conference

Looking to build organizational knowledge around new insights and tools from VMware—but can’t break away from your desk? vForum Online, VMware’s largest online conference, offers a wealth of information, technical chats and breakout sessions to help inspire IT innovation within your organization.

What to expect

vForum Online is a free, half-day virtual conference on May 21st, where you can discover new product features and updates, test-drive a variety of VMware solutions, attend up to 20 breakout sessions, access eBooks, white papers and other resources, chat with VMware experts, and even win prizes.

The breakout sessions cover the latest in hybrid cloud, end-user computing and the software-defined data center, as well as a chance to try our latest products in a sandbox environment. Attend as many sessions as you like, at no extra cost.

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Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Basics in Three Minutes

There is no debate that every company wants to protect their operations from downtime and loss of data. Floods, earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes, not to mention errant cups of coffee, are all capable of shutting down business critical applications and workloads at any time, unexpectedly. Unfortunately, many businesses don’t have the expertise or budget to implement the disaster recovery plan they need. Traditional disaster recovery solutions typically cost too much, they’re too complex, and they are not always reliable.  Cloud-based disaster recovery is an easy to use, less expensive  alternative for traditional solutions.

VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery, built on VMware vSphere® Replication™, provides a cloud-based failover environment for dependable recovery when faced with an operational disruption.

In this short tech talk video, David Hill, Senior Technical Marketing Architect at VMware, shows you how to replicate your virtual machines to vCloud Air Disaster Recovery where you can power on your virtual machines in the event of a disaster or disruption.

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Windows 2003 Upgrade and the Cloud – Careful What You Are Signing Up For

By: Richard Munro

Window 2003, like its predecessors have done, shuffles off this mortal coil on July 12th, 2015.  Estimates of how many Windows 2003 servers are in existence vary wildly but are often in the tens of millions, which is why just about every IT organisation has set aside budget this year to tackle this latest round of the regular headache that is an operating system retirement (or more precisely the cessation of security patches). Except, also like its predecessors, come July 13th, many organisations will still have these EOL operating systems running, often serving production needs. Why is this?

On the surface it seems to make sense to upgrade immediately – security is, after all, critically important. And yet for all this effort and cost the business return of such an upgrade is very little if anything. Let’s look at what is typically involved:

  • Use of staging kit to test upgrades
  • Hardware refresh to cope with new OS requirements
  • Effort and resources to plan, test, and conduct the upgrades – often out of hours.
  • Application testing and potential upgrade or even replacement.
  • Associated effort in alterations to networks/storage configurations and documentation to cater for the changes
  • Management of actual and risk based downtime

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Discover How Secure-24 Enhances SAP HANA with Secure Cloud Services

Every great business aims to make life easier for their customer. For Secure-24, that means augmenting the power of SAP HANA® with a virtualized cloud infrastructure leveraging VMware.

Secure-24’s one-two combo gives its customers the power and simplicity they need to focus on their core services. That means easier IT procurement, more scalability and availability.

How do they do this?

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