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Direct Connect: Now Available at a vCloud Air Location Near You

By popular demand, we are excited to announce the worldwide rollout of the VMware vCloud® Air™ Direct Connect™ service introduced last year to all existing VMware vCloud® Air™ locations. By providing a dedicated and secure connection with a streamlined deployment process, VMware is enabling customers around the world to seamlessly integrate vCloud Air into their internal networks and to more fully realize the benefits of the hybrid cloud.

What is Direct Connect?

Direct Connect enables secure, consistent, and high-bandwidth connectivity with max speeds of 1 or 10 Gbps, depending on compute service, through dedicated private lines from your facility or cross-connections from your co-located data center into your vCloud Air instance. These circuits are provided jointly with our Cross Connect Partners or with your Network Service Provider (NSP) for WAN private lines, enabling:

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Extend Your vSphere Data Center to the cloud with vCloud Air — Register for the 10/14 Webcast- Live Demo!

Webcast

The hybrid cloud enables businesses to enjoy the agility and convenience of the public cloud with the flexibility to run applications onsite, offsite or both.

Join us on Tuesday, October 14, for a webcast with Mathew Lodge, VP of Cloud Services at VMware, at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). During the webcast Mathew will guide attendees through VMware vCloud® Air™, our secure Infrastructure-as-a-Service hybrid cloud solution built on VMware vSphere®, and explain how your organization can activate a production-ready cloud that’s 100% compatible with your vSphere environment. This enables you to use the same management, security, and networking tools you’ve already come to know and trust.

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How To Seed a vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Replication Without Downtime

In a recent blog post, VMware’s Chris Colotti shows step-by-step how to replicate a virtual machine in vCloud Air Disaster Recovery at a faster speed through data seeding.

With data seeding, you run the risk of a huge data transfer reduction. But there is a silver lining – you trade off the loss of data for a faster replication. To validate the process, Chris compared the results of three different methods:

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The Results Are In! The Winner of the vDilbert Caption Contest Is…

… Monty Moreland (@montymoreland)!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our vCloud Air Dilbert Caption Contest on Twitter! We received some really amazing entries, and while we wish we could name everyone a winner, there could only be one. So, after narrowing the list down to our top 10 favorites, we asked Scott Adams – creator of Dilbert – to pick the winning caption.

Congratulations to Monty Moreland for creating the winning caption (see below)! Monty did a great job in recognizing who the judge was and created a caption that resonated well with the Dilbert characters and theme. We hope you enjoy your new Pebble Watch!

#vDilbert Caption Contest

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How Will You Mind the Gap in Your Disaster Recovery Plan?

Organizations today lean heavily on technology with the assumption that we can access information whenever and wherever we want to. But the reality is that most businesses face the risk of substantial downtime due to outages, failures, disasters or other disruptions. Although they want to protect their business’ critical applications and keep operations running smoothly, there are more applications, systems and data to protect than ever before. Many lack the time and resources to adequately extend disaster recovery (DR) to safeguard all aspects of their business – resulting in gaps in coverage. 

According to the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council’s 2014 Annual Report, organizations worldwide could – and should – be doing a lot more to prepare for a disaster. The benchmark survey results demonstrate severe shortcomings in disaster recovery preparedness for companies worldwide, with 3 in 4 companies at risk due to nonexistent or inadequate disaster recovery plans.

Below are three common challenges organizations face when it comes to implementing a comprehensive DR strategy and how they can overcome these challenges.

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Configuring Multiple Machines for vCloud Air Disaster Recovery

This is a summary of a post that originally appeared on Chris Colotti’s Blog. You can find the original post here.

Having done multiple demonstrations of vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, Chris Colotti, Principal Technical Marketing Architect for vCloud Air, is often asked, “Can we configure multiple machines for replication?” As Chris found out (with the help of Akeem Jenkins and lab testing) the answer is yes! There are a few conditions that must be met first, but overall, the process of configuring multiple machines for replication is simple.

First, admins need to set up the correct vSphere Replication 5.6 Appliance for replication to vCloud Air. Second, they need to have a vCloud Air Disaster Recovery account. Then it’s a simple process of selecting machines with the same operating system type, right-clicking and selecting “Configure Replication.”

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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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VMworld 2014: Check Out What’s in Store for the Hybrid Cloud!

No Limits

It’s the beginning of August, which means VMworld is only a few short weeks away! Attendees will soon get the chance to preview the latest in VMware technology, view demos of VMware tech and solutions, and wine and dine among some of the leading minds in the industry!

VMworld is always a packed event with more to do, see and learn than there are hours in the day. Rest assured, we’ll be on-site shooting videos, taking pictures, and live-tweeting the whole event so you can catch up on what you missed later. But to make sure you don’t miss the essentials, we’ve compiled this handy guide to VMworld 2014. Here are 4 things you don’t want to miss:

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Q&A with Gavin Jackson on the future of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in Europe – Part One

This is a cross-post from the EMEA Blog. You can find the original post here.

Last week, we announced the launch of vCloud Hybrid Service in the APJ region, and this week, as part of the growing global momentum around vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS), we’re able to announce a second vCHS data centre located just outside of Chessington in the UK. We asked Gavin Jackson, Vice President and General Manager for Cloud Services EMEA at VMware, to explain why the demand for vCHS is growing in Europe and why it has received such a positive reception from VMware’s customers.  

vCloud Hybrid Service is clearly engaging customers in Europe. Can you tell us a bit more about this?

You’re right, there has been a strong appetite among customers for vCHS in Europe, and it is resonating because it fundamentally helps organisations solve genuine business problems, with ease and without infrastructure investment. While I can’t talk about all of the customers we’re now working with, we’re seeing customers of all sizes, across sectors and industries and across European countries take up the service to help them solve some very common business problems.

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Announcing VMware Cloud Academy: The Place to Go to Learn More About vCloud Hybrid Service

Ready to add hybrid cloud to your resume? Or want a chance to win a ticket to VMworld 2014? Visit the newly launched VMware Cloud Academy—a new site designed to help VMware vSphere administrators become more cloud-ready. The site includes a complete 7-part technical video series, a downloadable eBook featuring Dilbert cartoons by Scott Adams, and an opportunity to connect with your peers on cloud best practices—either online or at VMworld.

The cloud is here to stay, so take advantage of your VMware knowledge and see how easy it is to use the Hybrid Cloud as another target for your vSphere workloads. Check out the videos presented by our cloud experts to learn more about how Infrastructure-as-a-Service can solve your data center capacity problems or how Recovery-as-a-Service can give you a low cost and easy-to-manage disaster recovery solution. Then pass the quiz to enter a raffle to win a free ticket to VMworld 2014 in San Francisco.

Here are the details:

  • The quiz runs from July 18th to July 31st.
  • To enter, complete the quiz, get 18 out of 20 questions correct to pass, and fill out the drawing entry form. (If you don’t pass the first time, you can try again.)
  • The quiz is  based on our 7-part video series, so watch the videos. We kept them short and easy to consume. Hint: Download the eBook prior to taking the quiz.
  • Five winners will be randomly selected.
  • Winners will be announced on August 4th.

We’re looking forward to helping you on your cloud journey. Keep an eye out for upcoming Google Hangouts with cloud subject matter experts, more videos, and other opportunities to connect and expand your hybrid cloud knowledge. So bookmark VMware Cloud Academy today!

Good luck, and we hope to see you at VMworld 2014!

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For more information about VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, visit vCloud.VMware.com.