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There’s More to SaaS Than Meets the Eye

This is a guest post from iland, a member of the vCloud Air Network.

SaaS companies are really hot. Everyone is offering everything as a service – from applications to IT management itself, and everything in between. While we love to talk about the model in terms of Salesforce.com’s success, the growth of ServiceNow, or the triumph of AthenaHealth, there are hundreds and thousands of other, less “buzzy” SaaS businesses where you least expect it.

Why? Because software can be hidden. Just because the average football fan doesn’t have a login to the platform doesn’t mean it isn’t SaaS. Not all SaaS applications are customer facing, B2C, broad-based user-driven applications. And in fact, some of the most captivating ones are not. The magic behind the magic can be.. Well.. Magical.

One of our customers, Leica Geosystems, is just such a company. By correlating GPS data from satellites with other terrestrial and astronomical data points, they can actually provide pinpoint locations for hundreds of applications around the world. Whether they support engineering or surveying companies, or agriculture and construction, Leica’s data from this SmartNet application is mission critical and real time – and all behind the scenes. Continue reading

VMworld Attendees – Submit Your Session Surveys in the VMworld Mobile App!

The VMworld 2014 US mobile App is feature-rich and can be utilized to do anything from schedule a session to take a #vmworldselfie. This year, the VMworld team has included a VMworld Game which enables users to win points for participating in events, attending sessions, scanning QR codes, and completing surveys.

We strongly encourage all VMworld attendees to complete the surveys following each session! Session presenters take your feedback very seriously, and for those who hold repeat sessions during VMworld, will often integrate your feedback into the second showing. Help us improve the VMworld session content for fellow attendees by providing your feedback, and win some points in the VMworld app in the process. Here’s how you to fill out a survey:

1. Open the VMworld 2014 US Mobile App on your device.
2. Tap on the menu icon in the top left corner of the app’s home screen.


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VMworld 2014 US: IT’s Most Wanted List: Get Me a Mobile Backbone

By: Ajay Patel

Mobility at Enterprise Scale: The Next Challenge for Developers and IT

As humans, without our backbone we’d flop around like a wet noodle, our organs wouldn’t function well, and messages back and forth from the brain would be unprotected. Backbones give us the flexibility and the structure to move – especially to move fast, in many directions, and in big ways.

Demands for mobile apps are exploding from all quarters – wherever there’s a focus on better customer connection and team effectiveness. IT is challenged to deliver the right balance of flexibility — to empower developers to create great mobile apps — and structure — to ensure that the organization can move to keep up with the pace of mobile, securely and at anticipated scale.

The answer, as in our bodies, is a backbone. A mobile backbone enables developers and IT to easily connect mobile applications to enterprise systems and third party services, and provides choice from among the top mobile development tools to deliver compelling user experiences. With a mobile backbone, IT can support the explosive growth and compressed development cycles of mobile applications, while handling all of the security, connectivity, and governance requirements.

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Tech Preview: vCloud Air Object Storage

By Mathew Lodge

VMware made some significant announcements today around vCloud Air (previously vCloud Hybrid Service) at VMworld San Francisco 2014. One of the announcements was on a new storage service – vCloud Air Object Storage.

VMware vCloud Air today has two block storage tiers, Standard and SSD-Accelerated, which look to a virtual machine like a block volume. Object Storage acts as low-speed, long-term storage for buckets of unstructured data and isn’t associated with any specific virtual machine.

VMware vCloud Air Object Storage is a highly scalable, cost-effective, and dependable storage solution that can easily scale up to petabytes, and you only pay for the storage in use. Based on EMC’s ViPR technology, it offers the popular S3 API, including lifecycle management and versioning features to simplify and reduce management overhead. Data durability is 11 nines per object, and data can be accessed via HTTP and HTTPS.

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VMworld 2014 Predictions, Advice and Must-See Events — a Recap of Our August #cloudtalk

We wanted to know what you were craving to see at VMworld 2014. So, on August 12th, we hosted our pre-VMworld #cloudtalk to discuss what sessions you’re planning on attending and what you think will happen at this year’s conference. With vExperts Dave Hill (@davehill99) and Barry Coombs (@VirtualisedReal) hosting, we knew it was going to be a great discussion.

Our #cloudtalk kicked off with a simple question: “What are you looking forward to at VMworld 2014?

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Come See Project NEE, VMware’s Virtual Lab Platform, at VMworld 2014!

Few things can beat hands-on experience when it comes to training personnel on the latest software environments, but provisioning resources for classes can be difficult.  Labs have to be recreated after each lesson and students need to download and install numerous clients and software.

Say goodbye to all that and hello to VMware’s Next-generation Education Environment – Project NEE.

If you’ve ever tried a VMware Hands-On Lab at VMworld, one-line or at a worldwide user’s group meeting,  then you’ve already gotten a peek into Project NEE’s capabilities. Project NEE gives you the ability to deliver true hands-on labs and education content to anyone, anywhere and at anytime though the cloud — regardless of your class size. All you need is a browser with HTML 5 and a few minutes to sign-up, set up and get training. Continue reading

Calling All Customers: vCloud Air Network Has Arrived!

By: Geoffrey Waters

Today we are thrilled to share two new updates on the hybrid cloud business here at VMware - First, we’ve launched the new VMware vCloud Air Network, an evolution and expansion of our existing VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) loaded with more cloud service options than ever.  We are delivering something truly unique to our customers through this initiative, which supports over 3,800 VMware Service Provider partners in 100+ countries and VMware vCloud Air.

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Get Started with the Hybrid Cloud at VMworld With These 5 Starting Points Sessions

When it comes to getting the best of both worlds, hybrid cloud does just that – it allows for scalable access to much-needed IT resources, while also allowing the flexibility to move workloads onsite or offsite to meet specific needs.

So how do you get started with hybrid cloud? Register for any or all of these 5 VMworld sessions, each based on one of our hybrid cloud starting points.

Development and Testing

Hybrid Sandboxing – Create the Ultimate On and Off Premises Test/Dev Factory


New Enterprise Applications

Architect the Hybrid Cloud for Microsoft Exchange and Lync


Disaster Recovery

Recovery as a Service (RaaS) with vCloud Hybrid Service


Packaged Applications

Build Your First Mobile Application.. in the cloud.. in 60 Minutes


Next-Generation Applications 

Smells Like Team Spirit: Achieve Hybrid Operations Nirvana with vCloud Hybrid Cloud


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How to Get Started with VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery in a Few Easy Steps

Few companies can afford to have their business-critical operations go offline, yet many businesses don’t have the proper resiliency tools in place. It’s not because organizations lack the desire to adopt disaster recovery, it’s because the constrictive contracts, inflexible environments, and high price points that come with traditional options makes it prohibitive to do so. The cloud changes that.

VMware’s new recovery-as-a-service offering gives midsize businesses an affordable option for disaster recovery. VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery helps you fulfill the need to implement or supplement your continuity plans while addressing budget, time, and resource constraints. If you’re interested in getting started with the service, keep in mind the following tips:

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The VMware Service Provider Team Is Gearing up for VMworld 2014! Here’s What You Need to Know

With VMworld right around the corner, the VMware vCloud Service Provider team is gearing up, with many exciting things on the agenda during this year’s VMworld.

If you’ve every been curious about VMware Service Provider solutions, VMworld is your chance to get caught up on all of the latest offerings from our partners by meeting with them in person.

Here’s the list of Service Providers who will be exhibiting inside the Solutions Exchange (many of whom will be in the Service Provider Pavilion – new at VMworld this year!):

  • Cirrity LLC
  • Evolve IP
  • NTT America, Inc.
  • Peak 10
  • Phoenix NAP
  • ScaleMatrix
  • Virtustream
  • Rackspace
  • Navisite
  • CSC
  • AT&T
  • AirVM
  • Bluelock
  • iland
  • QTS
  • OneNeck IT Solutions
  • Sungard Availability Services

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