“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.”
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.
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.
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.
Put your company on the fast track to a secure and flexible cloud with the VMware vCloud Air™ Network. The vCloud Air Network is the world’s largest network of VMware-based cloud service providers located in over 100 countries.
Powered by VMware, our providers protect your business with the strongest privacy, security and encryption technology to ensure you meet the specific compliance requirements your industry demands. That’s because our network of over 4,000 providers covers virtually every industry and every vertical market.
Watch part three (you can find part one here, and part two here) of our “VMware vCloud Air Network Overview” video series to learn more about the vCloud Air Network and how it can provide you with the safest, fastest path to the cloud:
Get the latest on the business side of the cloud with the VMware vCloud Air Network Resource Center. The vCloud Air Network Resource Center is your one stop shop for all the resources you need to migrate your cloud, increase agility and find cloud solutions.
So how does it work? All you need to do is navigate to the VMware Service Provider Facebook Page and click the VMware vCloud Air Network Resource Center tab! Once you're in, click on the whitepaper, eBook, or other asset you wish to use, enter your information and voilà! Access to exclusive VMware vCloud Air Network content is yours.
We’ll be updating the vCloud Air Network Resource Center with fresh content every two to three weeks, putting the latest and greatest vCloud information at your fingertips.
Today VMware announced the expansion of VMware vCloud® Air™ in Europe with the general availability of its hybrid cloud service in Germany.
Complementing VMware’s UK location and the VMware® vCloud Air™ Network of service providers, the new VMware-operated data center in Frankfurt will provide customers with a hybrid cloud service that addresses German and EU compliance and data sovereignty regulations while enabling them to take advantage of VMware’s enterprise-class cloud. This marks the extension of a true hybrid cloud service to German and European customers, allowing them to immediately benefit from a secure and easy to access public cloud offering.
To learn more about the opening of the German data center location, visit the VMware EMEA blog.
A key element of designing a secure hybrid cloud is getting visibility into the network traffic of your cloud-based applications.
VMware vCloud® Air™ supports the ability for customers to collect information about traffic coming to and from their edge gateway through the use of a syslog server. Powered by VMware network virtualization, the edge gateway provides advanced networking services (like DHCP, static routing, load balancing, and VPN) and oversight over traffic through the use of firewall and NAT rules. By configuring your vCloud Air edge gateway to transfer log data to your syslog server, you can then set up alerts or notifications and build reports with your preferred tools.
Access to the edge gateway log data is through the vCloud API. I will go over the vCloud API element in detail, how to configure this through a REST Client, and show example syslog messages. This post will focus on the vCloud Air subscription service, but the concepts apply to vCloud Air OnDemand as well.
Planning for disaster recovery (DR) is exactly like buying insurance. You know you need it, but it may fall off your list of top priorities, you may buy less than what you really need, or you can’t afford a solution that meets your requirements. If you’ve experienced any of these set backs, you’re not alone. In a recent 451 Research survey, almost 60% of survey participants did not have a DR plan in place.
The good news is that cloud-based disaster recovery now offers a flexible, affordable solution. The cloud-based backup and recovery market is expected to grow at a 21% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next several years. According to the survey:
30% of companies expect to implement cloud-based disaster recovery in the next six months
40% plan to implement cloud-based disaster recovery in 6-12 months
This huge spike in growth for a market that is only a few years old is very compelling, and for good reason. Compared to traditional disaster recovery approaches that are often expensive and complex, cloud-based disaster recovery provides a considerably less expensive, less complex method for protecting your data and applications.
In our last segment in this series, we discussed how you can use VMware vCloud® Air™ for various dev/test scenarios. Now, we’ll explain how you can extend existing packaged applications to vCloud Air, to deliver applications more efficiently and cost-effectively.
Packaged applications are critical to supporting business processes and operations, but they are often not proprietary to the business, such as SharePoint and Exchange. By moving standard packaged applications to a cloud environment, you can free up valuable onsite resources, improve productivity, and lower total cost of ownership.
However, not all public clouds are created equal. Many don’t allow you to freely move applications across onsite and offsite infrastructures without requiring time-consuming rewrites and reconfigurations. This can create additional infrastructure silos with multiple platforms – your own including other cloud provider platforms.