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VMware vCloud Air Continues Its Global Expansion – Now in Australia!

Today marks another exciting milestone in the global expansion of VMware vCloud Air – not only are we expanding our hybrid cloud service to Australia, but vCloud Air will also be generally available to all customers in Japan in the coming weeks! Between today’s announcement and our existing ecosystem of vCloud Air Network service providers, VMware now has more than 40 service locations in Asia, making it the largest hybrid cloud network in the Asia Pacific region.

VMware’s continued expansion in Asia underscores our commitment to provide our customers around the globe with the easiest path to cloud. For more information on today’s exciting news, read Bill Fathers’ post on the Tribal Knowledge blog.

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8 Myths on Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery…Busted!

As high-profile outages continue to make headlines, a secure disaster recovery plan is increasingly becoming a top priority for IT. Not only can a well-developed disaster recovery plan save your data, but it could also save your entire business.

Shockingly, not every company is planned for a disaster or outage – globally 3 out of 4 companies are not prepared for a disaster. There are many  myths about cloud-based disaster recovery, and some have detered business owners from implementing a solution all together. Below, we disclose 2 common myths that surround cloud-based disaster recovery. View the full fact sheet to uncover additional misconceptions about disaster recovery and how you can set up a secure plan.

Myth #1:  Downtime Doesn’t Cost THAT Much

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VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) Updates – Register for the 11/4 vmLIVE Session!

In case you haven’t heard, the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) is being renamed the VMware vCloud Air Network Program, to align with the newly announced VMware vCloud Air Network.

This renaming also brings two important changes to the vCloud Air Network.

  • Firstly, all new Service Provider partners must complete the VMware Sales Professional – Cloud Provider (VSP–CP) and VMware Operations Professional – Cloud Provider (VOP–CP) accreditations prior to signing a rental contract with an Aggregator. All existing partners must meet these accreditations by May 2015.
  • Secondly, the Hybrid Cloud Powered (formerly vCloud Powered) badge is required only for Premier level partners. That means Enterprise level partners no longer need the Hybrid Cloud Powered badge. Partners wishing to maintain their Premier level status, however, will need to obtain the badge by May 2015.

The following infographic details all of the requirements of vCloud Air Network partners for all tiers.

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Five Ways Your Business Can Use Hybrid Cloud

IT has long debated the merits of public and private cloud. Public cloud allows organizations to gain capacity and scale services on-demand, while private cloud allows companies to maintain control and visibility of business critical applications. But there is one cloud model that stands apart: hybrid cloud.

Hybrid cloud provides the best of both worlds: secure, on-demand access to IT resources with the flexibility to move workloads onsite or offsite to meet specific needs. It’s the security you need in your private cloud with the scalability required of your public cloud. VMware vCloud® Air™ is a dedicated hybrid cloud solution that is versatile, easy to use, and interoperable with your onsite vSphere environment.

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In Case You Missed It – Cloud Foundry Open Source Foundation Bylaws

By Jay Marshall, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Cloud Application Development, Hybrid Cloud Services Division, VMware

Last week Cloud Foundry published governing documents for the Cloud Foundry open source Foundation. It’s an important moment that gets the industry one step closer to delivering on the promise of PaaS. At VMware, it’s especially near to our hearts because it continues an effort that we started several years ago.

The Cloud Foundry open source PaaS project began at VMware and publicly launched in April 2011. We spun out the Cloud Foundry project as part of Pivotal in the spring of 2013, and have continued to work closely with the team as one of the leading sponsors for this open PaaS initiative.

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VMware Acquires Continuent

By Ajay Patel, Vice President, Application as a Service, VMware

I am excited to announce that VMware today acquired the assets of Continuent, a leading provider of database clustering and replication, enabling enterprises to run business-critical applications on cost-effective open source software. The Continuent team joins VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Business Unit.

Continuent’s products bring the power of advanced clustering and replication, including high availability, disaster recovery, multi-master operation and real-time data warehouse loading, to MySQL. In particular, Continuent Tungsten enables customers to apply the full power of both MySQL and a full range of data management systems including Hadoop, Oracle and Amazon Redshift, to deliver complete transaction processing and analytics.

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Introducing the vCloud Air Information Hot Spot!

We at VMware aim to provide you with the information you need, when you need it, to help guide you on your journey to the hybrid cloud. To that end, today we’re introducing a new Facebook application where you can access key vCloud Air resources whenever and wherever you need them.

HotSpot

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TPS (Transparent Page Sharing) and vCloud Air

Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) is a memory oversubscription technique that reduces physical memory usage by sharing identical memory pages between virtual machines (VMs) – e.g., when two VMs are running the same operating system. Academic security researchers have recently shown that TPS may be used to gain unauthorized access to data running in VMs on vSphere and Xen hypervisors under certain highly controlled conditions. In a lab environment, the researchers demonstrated that they could recover an AES encryption key used by another VM running on the same physical server.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have turned off TPS in vCloud Air multi-tenant environments (the VPC and DR services). There is no impact to customers from this change.

For more information on the research and the changes to TPS in VMware vSphere, see VMware Knowledge Base article 2080735 http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2080735

The VMware security team’s blog is here: https://blogs.vmware.com/security/2014/10/transparent-page-sharing-additional-management-capabilities-new-default-settings.html

Announcing the Expansion of vCloud Air in Europe

VMworld Europe 2014 is officially underway, and we’ve kicked off the show with a lot of exciting news for VMware vCloud® Air™! In his keynote, our own Pat Gelsinger announced plans to bring vCloud Air to all VMware customers in Germany, an important first step to introducing an easy, fast path to an efficient and agile public cloud.

As Gavin Jackson notes in his recent blog, there has been a strong appetite among customers for vCloud Air in Europe, and our new datacenter in Germany is an exciting addition to the vCloud Air network. Today’s announcement underlines our continued commitment to providing customers around the globe a cloud solution that’s both flexible and in line with local data requirements.

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Direct Connect: Now Available at a vCloud Air Location Near You

By popular demand, we are excited to announce the worldwide rollout of the VMware vCloud® Air™ Direct Connect™ service introduced last year to all existing VMware vCloud® Air™ locations. By providing a dedicated and secure connection with a streamlined deployment process, VMware is enabling customers around the world to seamlessly integrate vCloud Air into their internal networks and to more fully realize the benefits of the hybrid cloud.

What is Direct Connect?

Direct Connect enables secure, consistent, and high-bandwidth connectivity with max speeds of 1 or 10 Gbps, depending on compute service, through dedicated private lines from your facility or cross-connections from your co-located data center into your vCloud Air instance. These circuits are provided jointly with our Cross Connect Partners or with your Network Service Provider (NSP) for WAN private lines, enabling:

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