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Get Ahead with Your VMware Certified Associate Certification for vCloud Air

Earlier this week, we launched the vCloud Air accreditation program with the VMware Certified Associate for Hybrid Cloud (VCA6-HC). Aimed at both IT administrators and decision makers, this certification demonstrates your understanding of the challenges businesses face when adopting public clouds and how VMware delivers a hybrid-first cloud solution with vCloud Air to address these challenges.  

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Attend Our May Webinar Series to Learn How vCloud Air Network Partners Can Get the Competitive Edge with Application-centric Storage

Bring operational efficiency to your storage consumption and delivery with VMware Virtual SAN!

VMware Virtual SAN, VMware’s radically simple storage solution designed and optimized for vSphere virtual infrastructure, streamlines storage provisioning and management and brings application-centric storage to your organization.  In fact, it has already done so for IndonesianCloud, a Hybrid Cloud Powered service provider in the VMware vCloud Air Network.

Join our early May webcasts to learn how new and existing VMware vCloud Air Network Partners can gain a competitive advantage with application-centric storage using VMware Virtual SAN for any virtualized workloads; including business-critical applications, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), disaster recovery, and test/dev. Attendees will enjoy exclusive incentives for tuning in.

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Another VMware Cloud in Action – Digital City of America, Avondale, Continues to Reach for the Cloud

“Aspiring. Achieving. Accelerating.” This is the motto of Avondale, Arizona, a city of about 80,000 residents in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Known for its recreation and sports, Avondale is home to Phoenix International Raceway, where thousands of visitors congregate to watch NASCAR races twice a year, as well as Avondale Sports Complex, which serves as a popular site for regional and national amateur sports competitions. Avondale is also known for its responsive and progressive municipal services. The community has won several awards: ranking in the top-ten for Digital City of America in the last four years, placing as the #1 Digital City in the nation for mid-sized communities for the past two years, and receiving a digital government achievement award from the Center for Digital Government.

The city had already shifted to a hybrid cloud model and had a vSphere-based environment when they decided to move from disaster recovery to true business resumption. Like all medium-sized organizations, the city of Avondale’s IT Department sought a responsive, easily accessible cloud-based solution that would fit their existing technology environment and budget. Although they were already VMware customers, they weren’t going to play favorites.

Avondale’s IT team considered several cloud service providers before awarding their project to VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery. The IT team appreciated the support and services VMware had provided in the past and their existing familiarity with VMware tools. Chief Information Officer of Avondale, Rob Lloyd, elaborates on why Avondale chose VMware, citing their past vSphere implementation as a successful project and wise investment, “We reached our goal of 70 percent virtualization in just over a year of using vSphere. VMware continuously advances its technology and provides options that allow us to build onto its solutions. As a CIO, that’s critical when looking at strategic investments.”

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Find Out How to Build Development and Testing Environments on VMware vCloud Air During Our Technical Webcast on 4/21

It happens all too frequently: inconsistencies between development, testing, and production environments that cause application errors, disruptions, delayed projects and loss of revenue.

But with VMware vCloud® Air™ Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, you don’t have to lose out when you test and develop applications in the cloud.

vCloud Air OnDemand is a public cloud service providing your organization with instant access to compute resources. Compatible with your existing VMware vSphere® environment, you can create a development environment in minutes. It’s a complete, compatible representation of your current data center — right down to the common security operations, networking constructs and topologies, and compliance policies you use today.

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vCloud Air Expands Further to Australia

We’re thrilled to announce the continued expansion of VMware vCloud® Air™ with the general availability of service in Australia. Complementing our vCloud Air Network of service providers, this new VMware-operated location provides customers with a local Asia Pacific infrastructure-as-a-service offering that can help address local compliance and data locality concerns.

The expansion of vCloud Air in Australia is a large milestone for the cloud service. A recent survey of IT leaders in Australia, conducted by IDC, revealed that 50% of respondent said the majority of their revenues in the future would be tied to the cloud. vCloud Air enables organizations to seamlessly extend their on-premises data center to the public cloud, using the same VMware vSphere® platform they already know and trust. And, with 1.5 million virtual machines deployed on vSphere in ANZ, this provides a natural extension to the cloud for the majority of IT.

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Don’t Miss the OVH World Tour on 4/23 in Toronto!


The OVH World Tour is heading to Toronto, Ontario. We’re helping to sponsor the late April (04/23) event in Canada, where attendees have the opportunity to learn about the latest IT innovations through technical workshops, labs, and analysis of practical examples.

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Scale to 1000 VMs in 90 minutes with vCloud Air OnDemand

If you think that VMware vCloud® Air is just about extending your data center or is only a place where you would instantiate one or two departmental virtual machines (VMs), you may want to think again.

With vCloud Air, I was able to easily deploy 1000 VMs in less than 90 minutes.

A few weeks ago, as part of some scripting exercises, I decided to try to deploy, in bulk, a large number of virtual machines inside vCloud Air. To do that I wrote a small Ruby program that deploys 1,000 VMs across three regions. I was able to deploy these in under 90 minutes – which is the time from the very first API call to deploy the VMs to the point where I could access the login screen of the last deployed VM.

The entire exercise only cost about $50, which includes multiple runs of the test, mainly to debug the script.

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Top 10 Reasons to Migrate to a VMware vCloud Service Provider

It’s difficult for companies to find the right cloud path as the cloud computing market continues its rapid growth. When searching for a service provider, consider your organization’s computing needs to help you find the best service provider.

Here are some reasons why you should consider employing a VMware Service Provider:

Mitigate Operational Challenges of a Multi-tenancy Cloud

VMware Service Providers can give users smoother operations and cost controls, one-to-one data center synchronization compatibility and software-defined security. With the additional power of RiverMeadow Cloud Migration SaaS, you can migrate your workloads across the cloud in a simple, customizable and automated platform – giving you power over your data center.

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Join the Discussion! The vCloud Air Community Just Got a Refresh

Are you a new user of a VMware vCloud® AirTM service solution, considering your move to the hybrid cloud, or looking for use cases to help get you started? Do you have questions, feedback, or an interest in chatting with other vCloud Air users? We have a solution: The VMware vCloud Air Community, a safe-haven for vCloud Air users to openly discuss their successes and struggles while using any service in the vCloud Air portfolio, including Virtual Private Cloud, Dedicated Cloud, and Disaster Recovery. This forum is designed to quickly answer users' questions and concerns about vCloud Air by hearing from fellow users and vExperts. There are also various resources, tutorials, and updates to help you get started with vCloud Air right from day one.

If you are a first time visitor, or have previously visited the vCloud Air Community, now is the time to take another look- the page recently got a refresh. With vCloud Air users’ needs in mind, the forum was redesigned to improve users' access to vCloud Air discussions and service resources. As follows is a walkthrough of how to navigate and utilize the new vCloud Air Community and the new features it offers.

When you first visit the vCloud Air Community, you will land on the overview tab. From here, you can get involved by starting a discussion, learning more about the different services, viewing service demos/tutorials, and reviewing recent discussions. The ability to start or join a discussion is a key feature of the community, as it allows you to tap into the knowledge of vCloud Air technical experts and other vCloud Air users. The forum is a fast and convenient way to ask questions, voice feedback and understand how others are using vCloud Air. You can also help other users solve their complications and get started with the service by posting about your vCloud Air experience.

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vCloud Air Meets PowerCLI - Part 2

In my previous post, I introduced the new PowerCLI 6.0 R1 release as it relates to VMware vCloud® Air™, and how PowerCLI champions and vCloud Air customers can both benefit from this release.

At a high level, we introduced the two modules (Cloud and PCloud) that comprise the vCloud Air integration, allowing you to manage vCloud Air from the same console and with the same PowerShell knowledge that you would use to manage your vSphere environment.

As alluded to in Part 1, core VM services is one of the many services that vCloud Air provides and will provide going forward.

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