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vCloud Air Dev/Test Blog Series: Test New Applications with Bitnami

By: Mike Roy and Roshni Pary

Last week in Part 1 of vCloud Air Dev/Test Blog Series, we saw how to easily perform upgrades to Windows Server 2003 VMs in an isolated VMware vCloud® Air™ Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand environment, without posing any risk to production apps or infrastructure. This week in Part 2 of this blog series, we will see how to quickly try out new applications that can provide new business value without any constraints on your existing infrastructure.

You saw in the previous blog that vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand not only offers great agility and on-demand capacity but also offers unique compatibility with existing on-premises environments to improve testing accuracy. That means you can decrease time to market by quickly testing out new packaged applications without waiting for weeks to provision resources. You can also eliminate overheads by de-provisioning the virtual machine to get rid of excess capacity if you are not happy with the packaged application.

In part 2 of this blog series, we are showcasing the concept of testing a packaged application on vCloud Air with Bitnami. Bitnami is an industry standard service that IT, developers, and LoB users turn to for deploying applications in the cloud. VMware has recently partnered with Bitnami to bring the Bitnami Stack to vCloud Air and we have introduced Bitnami Launchpad for vCloud Air as a part of this. Launchpad is a tool to deploy any Bitnami stack in vCloud Air using only a couple of clicks and is available at vmware.bitnami.com. If you are a Bitnami fan, you can just use the Bitnami APIs to deploy the latest versions of your favorite applications and development stacks on vCloud Air.

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Extend Your Security Framework to the Cloud with Confidence. Join the 6/18 Webcast!

Wondering how your business can tap into the flexible scalability of cloud-based IT while still maintaining data security and data sovereignty? You’re not alone. Like most IT professionals, your primary concern is still security.

Join us Thursday, June 18th from 11 AM – 1 PM (PST) as we demonstrate how VMware vCloud® Air™ addresses your top security concerns. See for yourself how to extend security and control of your environment to the cloud and learn more about the benefits of tenancy isolation, timely catalog OS patches, user access controls and more.

In this security-focused webcast, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager Michael Roy and Sr. Product Marketing Manager Todd Zambrovitz will demonstrate:

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Advanced Architecture Design for Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

By: David Hill

Recently a new solution brief for VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery was published on VMware.com. This solution brief talks specifically about how to build an end-to-end disaster recovery solution incorporating authentication and lookup.

Here is a quick preview of what to expect in this solution brief:

Disaster recovery (DR) is a fundamental tool for mitigating IT and business risks. However, because it is perceived as expensive and complicated, only a minority of even Tier 1 and Tier 2 applications are protected. New virtual hybrid cloud services — some purpose-built for DR — have changed the technical and business landscape. The purpose of this report is to update perceptions of DR cost and complexity, and chart a path toward wider adoption.

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Extend Your Potential with our new vCloud Air for Managed Services Provider Model on 6/17

VMware vCloud® Air™ is our premier public and hybrid cloud platform. Supporting over 5,000 applications and over 90 operating systems, its prominence in the IT industry is unsurpassed. And, now, we’re bringing it to the vCloud Air Network.

That’s right: vCloud Air is now available for Managed Services Providers through the vCloud Air Network Program. That means service providers can draw more profit by providing the VMware services and technology your customers know and trust.

Join us on June 17th at 2 p.m. BST (6 a.m. PST) to learn how you can leverage our new VMware Managed Services Provider model to enhance your portfolio.

Putting our Managed Services Provider model alongside your other solutions allows you to:

  • Extend your geographical footprint and capture new markets
  • Transition customer workflows into the cloud
  • Reduce customer risk exposure and total cost of ownership
  • Consolidate your operations and billing, and benefit from volume discounts

Register now for our June 17 webinar and learn how you can leverage vCloud Air-based services and increase customer satisfaction.

Ready to enhance your service provider experience? Visit us at www.vmware.com/go/msp.

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Find the Right Provider. Find the Right Cloud. Take a Test Drive Today!

Finding a car that’s right for you isn’t all that different from finding the right cloud that fits your business needs. You wouldn’t want to buy a car without taking a test drive first, would you?

So, to make sure the service you want is the right one for you, take a test drive of the cloud from a service provider in the vCloud Air Network! Fast, easy and free trials from selected service providers allow you to evaluate if a service provider’s solutions fit well with your needs. Test, don’t fret!

VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers offer the right cloud services for any organization looking to enhance their cloud strategy or make the leap to the cloud. If you’re looking to develop and test applications, move existing workloads, develop a disaster recovery solution, or more, our service providers have the right solution for you.

And you can rest easy knowing that test drives offered by service providers are backed by VMware validated Hybrid Cloud Powered services, which leverage the security, availability and performance you expect from VMware. That’s because they base their cloud services on VMware vSphere and vCloud Director.

To test drive the cloud and to find the right provider for you, head to vcloudproviders.vmware.com or click here!

If you’re ready to find a service provider, visit us at vCloudProviders.VMware.com.

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vCloud Air Dev/Test Blog Series: Test Upgrades of Existing Applications

By Roshni Pary and Mike Roy

Most organizations have long struggled with the need for scalable and highly available environments to both develop and test applications. In this age of agile software development, customers have many Dev/Test environments for quality assurance and time-to-market reasons. Additionally, packaged applications tend to have increasingly shorter lifespans and are subject to more frequent updates.

While developers feel the pain of waiting for infrastructure and not having an exact replica of production to test on, the IT admins struggle to provide capacity on demand and to recreate complex multi-tier application environments for Unit Test, Integration Test, Performance Test, Staging, UAT etc. These environments not only have to replicate the production environments for optimal test effectiveness, but they also have to provide frictionless portability of workloads and support newer Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) processes across hybrid test and production environments in order to optimize the economic benefits. A hybrid cloud approach can best address these issues by enabling more agile development methodologies.

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3 Reasons Why vCloud Air OnDemand is Different than Other Clouds

3 simple ways

VMware vCloud® Air™ Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand gives you instant access to a production-ready public cloud that is built on the same VMware vSphere® environment that you use onsite. You can easily provision the resources you need, while only paying for what you use. But what makes it different than any other public cloud? Three things: Simple pricing, simple set up, and simple management.

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If You Like vCloud Director, You Will Love vCloud Air

A couple of years ago, VMware made the decision to focus our vCloud Director development efforts on public cloud use cases and prioritize vRealize Automation (previously vCloud Automation Center) for private cloud use cases. As a result of this shift, we are using and leveraging vCloud Director to provide the compute service in vCloud Air, and our service provider partners in the vCloud Air Network are using the product to stand up compatible VMware-based public clouds. A side effect of this strategy is that vCloud Director is no longer available (since version 5.6) to our traditional customers buying perpetual licenses.

Ironically, not only is vCloud Director alive and prospering, but we are hearing many enterprise customers want to continue to use it to cover specific use cases around test/dev and lab management.

While we invite customers to continue to provide and voice their feedback to us to better understand their actual needs, vCloud Air provides lots of value to customers looking to support these use cases.

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Save the Date: Learn About vCloud Director 8.0 on 6/1

Service Providers, are you in search of a head start on the next iteration of VMware technology? Well we have news for you! We’re hosting a webinar on June 1st from 8 – 9:30 a.m. PST (4 – 5:30 p.m. BST) to kickoff the vCloud Director 8.0. beta.

During this webinar, Amit Gupta, Sr. Director, Product Management and Prashant Godiwala, Director, Customer Programs will host an in-depth discussion on what’s new in vCloud Director 8.0 and what new features you can expect.

Features include:

  • vSphere 6.0 and NSX 6.1.3 support
  • Provider managed VDC templates, enabling self-service VDC provisioning by tenants
  • VM limits for thin provisioned disks and the ability to throttle operational requests
  • Adding OAuth support for Identity Sources
  • Several Enhancements to vApp

These new additions to vCloud Director will help you to drive operational efficiency and provide new capabilities for your cloud customers.

Don’t miss this webinar if you want to learn more about the vCloud Director 8.0 beta; it will provide you with system requirements, compatibility matrix, beta forums and more.

To learn more about the vCloud Director for Service Providers and the 8.0 beta, click here.

Register now for our 6/1 webinar and secure your place in the vCloud Director 8.0 beta. Click here for more information.

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Get Involved in the vCloud Air Community to Win Some Sweet Swag!

We are pleased to announce a new vCloud Air Community giveaway! Starting now, all Community discussion participants will be entered to win a vCloud Air prize package. One winner is selected and rewarded at the end of each month.

The VMware vCloud Air Community is a forum designed to quickly answer users’ questions and concerns about vCloud Air by hearing from fellow users and vExperts. Various resources, tutorials, and announcements are also posted in the Community to help users get started with vCloud Air right from day one.

How do you enter to win? Simply post a new discussion or respond to an existing thread in the vCloud Air Community at least once during the month to be entered into the monthly drawing. Start participating now for a chance to be entered into the first giveaway on June 1st, 2015. Anyone who posted in the Community during the month of May will be entered to win.*

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