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Top Five Reasons Why Your Organization Should Consider Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

Few organizations can afford the downtime caused by a disaster. Those capable of weathering such events usually have the datacenters, internal expertise and budget to do so — options that aren’t available for most mid-market organizations.

However the tides are changing, as many organizations look away from traditional disaster recovery solutions and to the cloud. According to an IDG market survey, 43% of respondents are getting started with hybrid cloud to improve their disaster recovery capabilities. With VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery, businesses can leverage cloud-based disaster recovery at a price they can afford, while using the tools they’re already familiar with.

While there are many reasons to adopt a cloud-based disaster recovery solution, we highlight the top 5 reasons below:

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Log into vCloud Air Linux Instances Using SSH Keys

By: Massimo Re Ferre’

A common method often pitched as a best practice for interacting with Linux instances in the cloud is to use SSH Keys-based logins (as opposed to traditional remote SSH logins which use a username and password).

By default, when you create a Linux image in VMware vCloud® AirTM, a temporary password is generated. The first time you login into the instance, there is a policy that forces you to change that password. If you deploy a handful of instances this may not be a big deal, but if you start deploying instances at scale, it may become a tedious process.

Enter the SSH Keys method.

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Scale Your Mobile App Development on vCloud Air – Join Us for the 12/11 Webcast!

How do you keep up with the development of next-gen mobile apps in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment? Move your testing and development to the hybrid cloud with VMware vCloud® Air™.

In our next webcast, Scale Your Mobile App Development on VMware vCloud Air, on Thursday, December 11th at 10 AM PT, you’ll learn how to use hybrid cloud for new mobile application development and how vCloud Air can help to scale the transition to the mobile-cloud era. We’ll help you maximize your development planning process so you can focus on creating a real-time, mobile-optimized strategy. Already developing mobile applications in the cloud? No problem – during the webinar we’ll share ways to modernize your existing applications by extending them to mobile devices.

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Get Started with VMware vCloud Air: Development and Testing

Last month, we provided an overview of five different ways your business can get started with hybrid cloud. For our first installment in this blog series, we’ll look at the first use case: adopting hybrid cloud for development and testing.

Businesses today need to increase productivity, enhance quality and launch applications faster than ever. This means software development life cycles need to keep pace, but adding on-premises infrastructure  to meet the demand for dev/test environments can be costly and time-consuming. VMware® vCloud Air™ offers a solution.

Because vCloud Air is built on VMware vSphere®, it’s 100% compatible with existing onsite vSphere environments. This means IT admins can recreate their exact onsite application environment in vCloud Air, using the same tools and processes, without having to learn new skills. Applications can be moved effortlessly between test and production environments, giving users a “write once, deliver anywhere,” experience. This conversion-less movement provides developers with accurate and efficient development environments, and ultimately lowers the time to market for new products and services.

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Behind the Scenes with a Hybrid Application: the VMworld 2014 Mobile App

By: Mathew Lodge

How do you build an application that can handle 2,000 requests/second in less than 6 weeks that has to integrate on-premises systems, native mobile and SaaS services? It has to pass a strict security audit, be managed as a single application, and absolutely cannot fail during one of the tech industry’s largest events in San Francisco and Barcelona? Using a hybrid cloud, of course! If you’ve ever wondered what a “hybrid cloud application” looks like, then the VMworld 2014 mobile application is a great example.

The VMworld application represents a new generation of hybrid applications: those that span on-premises, off-premises and SaaS services. The “backend” of the mobile application, containing the data layer and the core logic, ran on vCloud Air and integrated with all the other systems. We engaged mobile solutions provider raw engineering to build the application for VMware, who deployed their built.io app development platform on vCloud Air. The VMworld mobile application was designed and developed in 6 weeks using agile methodology with regular demonstrations and testing by the VMworld team. The rest of the project schedule was spent on scale testing, security and privacy audits, bug fixes and legal review before submitting to the Google Play Store and Apple App Store about a month before VMworld San Francisco.

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Introducing VMware’s Early Access Program for VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand

At VMworld Europe, VMware announced plans for an Early Access Program for VMware vCloud® Air™ Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand. The program, with an expanded footprint in North America and Europe, enables customers to self-provision on-demand access to vCloud Air with nothing more than a browser and a credit card. Today, we are pleased to launch the Early Access Program along with an introductory $1,000 USD service credit to approved participants.

VMware’s Early Access Program enables customers to provision VMware’s leading vCloud Air technology in minutes. There’s no up front resource or cost commitments, no need to submit a purchase order, and you can cancel your service at anytime. Access the infrastructure you need to meet elastic demand from a virtually unlimited pool of resources.  Pay only for the resources you use, when you use them.  Usage is metered per minute and conveniently billed monthly in arrears.

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Offer IT Business Continuity with Backup & Disaster Recovery as a Service – Register for the 11/17 vmLIVE Session!

Business continuity – beset by the threat of everyday disaster – is essential in our world. Be it a power outage, a natural event or some unseen force, it is in your company’s best interest to make sure you are prepared.

On November 17th, at 8am PST, we invited you to join this vmLIVE session focusing on how you can offer business continuity with backup and disaster recovery as a service to your customers. By moving data and workloads between customer owned premises and VMware vCloud Air Network Service Provider clouds for business continuity purposes, organizations avoid significant capital investments, benefits from the economies of scale and lower operating expenses with pay-go models.

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What the VMware vCloud Air Network Means For You: Q&A with Geoff Waters

Earlier this year, we announced the VMware vCloud Air Network, the evolution and expansion of our existing VMware Service Provider Program. As a result, our customers and partners have had a few common questions about what benefits the vCloud Air Network offers. We sat down with Geoff Waters, Vice President,Global Service Provider Channel  at VMware, to get additional detail about the announcement.

Q: VMware recently announced the vCloud Air Network. Why is this significant?

A: The vCloud Air Network is a manifestation of VMware’s broader hybrid cloud strategy, as we aim to meet the business needs for our more than 500,000 customers. The vCloud Air Network includes both VMware vCloud Air and the complete ecosystem of more than 3,800 Service Providers in over 100 countries. This provides our customers unprecedented control with regards to how they deploy workloads in the cloud. Customers get the flexibility to place workloads with VMware, partners or both.

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VMware vForum Online Fall Goes Live 11/18!


VMware’s Fall vForum event will take place entirely online on November 18 from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. PST. vForum will host five hours of interactive webcasts, expert chats, and Hands-on Labs. More than 12,000 registrants signed up for vForum Spring and the fall event is already filling up.

Kick off the event by attending the live keynote with VMware’s Vice President and CTO Americas Chris Wolf, where he will be discussing the rapidly changing world of technology – a world in which software-defined solutions are redefining business and empowering companies of all sizes to deliver apps more quickly and more reliably, all while reducing costs and maximizing resources.

Following the keynote, join our breakout session, Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery in Action, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. to discover how real businesses use cloud-based disaster recovery for simplified failover and recovery operations. This breakout session will include a customer panel featuring Planview, MIT Labs and National Physicians.

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Disaster Recovery – Any Way You Want It

It’s a fact of life. Disasters happen, and when they do, they can sweep away your company’s data. This reality makes disaster recovery a requirement for all businesses, both large and small.

But here’s where things get more complicated. Traditional backup and data recovery solutions, which write data to tape, tend to be expensive, slow, and complex. For these reasons, some companies have implemented disaster recovery for only their most critical applications, leaving many workloads—and a lot of data—vulnerable to disasters.

Today, all of this is changing. When you virtualize your systems, you can now choose from a menu of disaster recovery options that are affordable, easy to manage, and reliable.

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