This is a repost from Talkin’ Cloud. You can find the original post here.
By: Melissa Ross
According to Gartner, the use of cloud computing is growing. By 2016 this growth will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend, and by the end of 2017 nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments.
The opportunity for you to develop and administer unique business solutions for your customers is now, and chances are you’re evaluating the options in order to decide what the best platform is for your customers. As you look to partner with technology companies to develop your public and hybrid cloud strategy and service offerings, here are five things to look for in a partner program:
By: Massimo Re Ferrè
VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery has been a very popular offering since it became available. Disaster recovery to the cloud is a killer use case because it’s ideal for:
- Customers that want to start using the cloud but want to start with low risk and low impact to production workloads.
- Customers that want or need to implement a disaster recovery solution but don’t have the high impact CAPEX budget for it.
vCloud Air Disaster Recovery leverages the latest VMware vSphere® Replication™ Appliance that you can download for free (provided you have vSphere Essentials Plus and above) and can be configured to replicate virtual machines from a vCenter Server to either another vCenter server or to vCloud Air. This is a good article that explains how the service works.
By David Hill
This is a repost from David Hill’s blog, davidhill.co.
Andy Steven who is a colleague of mine working in the EMEA vCloud Air team asked me what Operating Systems are supported in VMware vCloud® Air™? This isn’t the first time I have been asked this question, so I thought I would quickly publish the list, to provide easy reference to lookup which vCloud Air Operating Systems are supported.
As most of you know, VMware vCloud Air leverages vCloud Director to enable the cloud capabilities needed to provide a public cloud service. vCloud Director supports a wide variety of 32 bit and 64 bit Operating Systems.
Last month, we announced the launch of the VMware vCloud® AirTM Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand Early Access Program – a program that will enable customers to provision VMware vCloud Air technology in minutes, with no up front resource or cost commitments. In fact, if you sign up for early access, you can receive up to $1,000 in service credits.
Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand is ideal for customers who need to access a flexible, resizable cloud quickly. With Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, you can:
‘Tis the season for productivity! This holiday season, get more out of your cloud strategy with the VMware vCloud Air Network and enjoy greater flexibility, control and compliance with any of our 4,000 service providers located globally. Access to more of the cloud capabilities you need means you can sit back, relax, and enjoy more eggnog.
Creative Solutions in Healthcare, the largest owner and operator of skilled nursing facilities in the state of Texas, had a problem: IT was driving up costs with little to show for it. The company decided to move their infrastructure to the cloud with VMware vCloud® Air™, and the shift was transformative. Since moving to the cloud with VMware, Creative Solutions in Healthcare went from two dozen servers to a handful of optimized servers, and reduced their IT budget by a third.
Creative Solutions in Healthcare also needed to deliver new forms of compliance as they related to HIPAA, the HITECH Act, as well as the NIST framework, forcing the requirements for their IT efforts to escalate in dramatic fashion. Because of this, Shawn Wiora, Chief Information Officer of Creative Solutions in Healthcare, looked at going from a physical infrastructure to a virtual one.
By Jay Marshall
Today’s announcement of the Cloud Foundry Foundation is a significant milestone for the industry’s leading open platform as a service project. The Cloud Foundry Foundation is made up of more than 40 member companies and will be managed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, a leader in managing and operating open source projects.
Having spent a majority of my career in the enterprise Java space, I have burned countless hours twiddling bits and letting my propeller spin while trying out new technologies in the name of finding some new golden nugget of binary gold. Such was the case almost five years ago when I tried what was the first iteration of cloudfoundry.com, which was much different than what it is today. I was mesmerized at the ease of taking a simple little Servlet-based app and instantly having it provisioned on the cloud. Of course I just called it “the web” back then, but it was a glimpse of what the future would bring.
Few organizations can afford the downtime caused by a disaster. Those capable of weathering such events usually have the datacenters, internal expertise and budget to do so — options that aren’t available for most mid-market organizations.
However the tides are changing, as many organizations look away from traditional disaster recovery solutions and to the cloud. According to an IDG market survey, 43% of respondents are getting started with hybrid cloud to improve their disaster recovery capabilities. With VMware vCloud® Air™ Disaster Recovery, businesses can leverage cloud-based disaster recovery at a price they can afford, while using the tools they’re already familiar with.
While there are many reasons to adopt a cloud-based disaster recovery solution, we highlight the top 5 reasons below:
How do you keep up with the development of next-gen mobile apps in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment? Move your testing and development to the hybrid cloud with VMware vCloud® Air™.
In our next webcast, Scale Your Mobile App Development on VMware vCloud Air, on Thursday, December 11th at 10 AM PT, you’ll learn how to use hybrid cloud for new mobile application development and how vCloud Air can help to scale the transition to the mobile-cloud era. We’ll help you maximize your development planning process so you can focus on creating a real-time, mobile-optimized strategy. Already developing mobile applications in the cloud? No problem – during the webinar we’ll share ways to modernize your existing applications by extending them to mobile devices.
Last month, we provided an overview of five different ways your business can get started with hybrid cloud. For our first installment in this blog series, we’ll look at the first use case: adopting hybrid cloud for development and testing.
Businesses today need to increase productivity, enhance quality and launch applications faster than ever. This means software development life cycles need to keep pace, but adding on-premises infrastructure to meet the demand for dev/test environments can be costly and time-consuming. VMware® vCloud Air™ offers a solution.
Because vCloud Air is built on VMware vSphere®, it’s 100% compatible with existing onsite vSphere environments. This means IT admins can recreate their exact onsite application environment in vCloud Air, using the same tools and processes, without having to learn new skills. Applications can be moved effortlessly between test and production environments, giving users a “write once, deliver anywhere,” experience. This conversion-less movement provides developers with accurate and efficient development environments, and ultimately lowers the time to market for new products and services.