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Five Ways vCloud Air Helps IT Stay Ahead of Organizational Demands

IT teams running VMware vSphere® workloads have turned to VMware vCloud ® Air™ to architecture-blue-building-business-41170-largeintegrate the public cloud into their infrastructure and meet the evolving needs of their organizations. Why, you ask? Because with this ready-to-run public cloud that’s built on vSphere, there’s no need to rewrite applications, compromise security and compliance requirements, or learn new management tools and technologies.

Here are the top five reasons vCloud Air might be your fastest path to realizing the cost-effectiveness and operational efficiencies that the public cloud delivers.

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vCloud Air Network Customer Spotlight – OVH Empowers Villeroy & Boch to Enable Fast Response and High Flexiblity

Owning a rich history that dates back more than 265 years, Villeroy & Boch is a world-famous lifestyle brand represented by around 7,300 employees in 125 countries. Each of the company’s divisions, including Tableware, Bathroom and Wellness, offer their own wide portfolio of different products. To deliver, Villeroy & Boch has several different production sites, warehouses, and sales channels in various countries, which creates enormous complexity for the lifestyle brand – with far reaching implications for the areas of internet and e-commerce.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, 47 million people purchased goods or services for private purposes over the Internet in 2015 – an increase of 20% since 2010. For a traditional company like VIlleroy & Boch, it has not been spared from changes in customer behavior, forcing a systematic digital realignment to be adopted by the group.

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Here’s What You Missed at VMworld 2016

VMworld US wrapped up in fabulous Las Vegas two weeks ago. Between the breakout sessions, keynotes and networking events, the week was nothing short of inspiring. Before we start packing for VMworld Europe in Barcelona, let’s revisit some of the highlights.

vCloud Air Announcements

One of the key themes at this year’s event is helping IT teams modernize their data centers by seamlessly integrating them with vCloud Air. Each of our updates announced at VMworld address challenges these teams face.

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Missed VMworld? Attend VMware vForum Live in Boston September 15th!

Calling all IT Pros living in Boston – VMware® vForum is hitting your town next week! If you’re in the area, register to attend our Boston vForum on 9/15 to explore new releases of VMware technology with our experts and learn how to succeed in the new digital economy across cloud, virtualization, and mobility. If you couldn’t make it to VMworld 2016, you’ll be able to catch up on all the VMware solution announcements at vForum Live in Boston!

vForum Live is your chance to see where VMware products are headed in main stage presentations led by the VMware Office of the CTO as well as top industry professionals. Or, maybe you want to learn about cyber security and protecting yourself from hackers directly from a former FBI Most Wanted hacker? Then make sure to catch Global White Hat Hacker Kevin Mitnick as he speaks on “The Art of Deception – How Hackers and Con Artists Manipulate You and What You Can Do About It.”

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Rackspace Meets New PCI-DSS Compliance with VMware NSX Network Virtualization

By Derek Mitchell, Senior Technical Advisor, VMware vCloud Air Network

Many organizations are wrapping up the transition to version 3.1 of PCI DSS compliance. Though much of the focus of v3.1 has been around the security concerns regarding SSL and early versions of TLS, a couple of the VMware vCloud Air Network cloud providers I work with have taken the opportunity to review their entire PCI DSS certification.

As our cloud provider partners make the transition to v3.1, one of them, Rackspace, stands out because of the approach they took. Rackspace made the decision to leverage VMware NSX as the vehicle to get them to their destination. All of us who are familiar with NSX can rattle off the use cases off the top of our head: security, automation, compliance, etc.  Compliance, although a powerful use case, is often less “sexy” and as a result, less discussed than the others. Let’s do it some justice today.

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Zebra Technologies Saves Millions Leveraging Hybrid Cloud for 700+ Acquired Applications

By Laura Ortman: VP and GM, vCloud Air – Cloud Services at VMware

VMworld 2016 has been nothing short of amazing and we’re only two days in! On Monday we made several exciting announcements around Hybrid Cloud Manager, Hybrid DMZ and Identity Federation support. Each of these enhancements speak directly to the challenges customers have expressed to me and we’re excited to roll out solutions to address them. One customer who came to us in need of a solution for their business pain points is Zebra Technologies.

Zebra Technologies builds solutions that identify, track and manage critical assets, people, and transactions. By doing so, Zebra creates a digital footprint allowing their customers clear visibility into their business.  A critical factor in Zebra’s success is the IT infrastructure that supports all the products and services offered to customers.

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Supporting Identity Federation with vCloud Air

By Abhinav Katiyar, Product Manager, vCloud Air

As discussed yesterday, VMware is focused on helping IT to modernize their data centers by seamlessly integrating them with vCloud Air. A key aspect of integration is in extending the corporate IT infrastructure, specifically identity and access management, to vCloud Air. In this blog, I’ll share how vCloud Air supports identity federation to your preferred corporate identity provider solution through SAML 2.0.

Key Benefits of Identity Federation

Employee Privacy: Supporting federated identity allows you to centrally manage all users and their respective access rights to vCloud Air through your corporate directory service. From a security and governance perspective, since authentication is granted through the corporate identity solution, user information is not kept in vCloud Air which protects employee privacy.

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Your Data Center in the Cloud with Hybrid DMZ

The most common barriers cited for public cloud adoption are security and networking. Typically, a move to public cloud requires different networking and security policies and architectures that are inconsistent with existing on-premises investments. This leads to duplicity in skill sets, multiple copies of security appliances, and multiple physical connections to the cloud. All of these lead to increased cost and complexity.

Today we would like to introduce the Hybrid DMZ Reference Designs for vCloud Air. These designs have been developed to support common security and networking practices that are quite common in traditional data centers and make them available in vCloud Air. Some of our largest and fastest growing vCloud Air customers have already begun to employ these designs to incorporate their existing security tools, simplify user management, manage software licensing, and lower their TCO. The Hybrid DMZ Reference Designs for vCloud Air are a series of recommended architectures to build a new zone in the hybrid cloud where physical cloud connectivity can be shared amongst multiple services, security and other core services can be centralized, and our customers can leverage their existing security and networking best practices. With a Hybrid DMZ, customers can achieve the same levels of network isolation and service aggregation as an on-premises network design, effectively moving the network perimeter to the cloud and allowing IT to maintain control of the security posture of your organization, while allowing application teams to control their own isolated cloud environments.

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Hybrid Cloud Manager is Soaring to New Heights

By Jim Armstrong, Group Manager, vCloud Air Product Marketing

Yesterday at VMworld 2016, we announced the latest release of vCloud Air Hybrid Cloud Manager. The new version of Hybrid Cloud Manager is a big step forward in cloud connectivity, bringing the ability to migrate virtual machines to vCloud Air with zero downtime, delivering high-speed stretched network segments, and the ability to migrate NSX security policies to the cloud. In other words, the virtual machine, the network, and the security policy all migrate to vCloud Air from a customer’s on-premises data center. This is all powered by intelligent routing and networking technology under the covers.

It’s those “under the cover” bits that truly make the difference and as I write this, I’m about 30,000 feet above the ground and I’ve had an epiphany about flying and connecting to the cloud. It occurs to me that I have come to take flying in a 55-ton metal tube for granted. I’m to the point where I don’t even remember the actual taxi or take-off and don’t really pay attention to anything until I hear that familiar “Ding!” at the 10,000-foot level that signifies I can now dig out my laptop and watch a movie. Having said that, the thing that makes flying less than pleasant is the actual in-flight experience: seats that seem to have less and less leg room, arm rests made out of plastic that are harder than granite, unruly passengers, and food that manages to be both expensive and horrible.

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Why a Cloud-Based Approach to Disaster Recovery Makes Sense – Now and in the Future

By Ajay Patel, Senior Vice President, Cloud Provider Software Business Unit, VMware

Like it or not, disasters happen. From a business perspective, “disasters” aren’t limited to natural occurrences such as hurricanes, blizzards, and earthquakes. Human-triggered events such as data breaches and cyber-attacks – and even downtime caused by simple human error – can be equally catastrophic.

Unfortunately, based on what we’ve heard from our customers and recent surveys, it’s clear that many organizations lack a solid disaster recovery plan, as well the ability to perform any kind of disaster recovery testing. There are many replication technologies on the market today, but the complexity of building and testing these solutions, as well as the cost of staffing secondary data centers, means that all too often, critical applications go un-protected. That’s why we’re so excited to announce VMware vCloud Availability for vCloud Director. Thanks to this new offering, customers will be able to turn to the VMware vCloud Air Network – our ecosystem of more than 4,000 cloud providers in more than 100 countries offering services based on VMware technology – to receive simple, cost-effective disaster recovery as a cloud-based service.

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