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.
IT has long debated the merits of public and private cloud. Public cloud allows organizations to gain capacity and scale services on-demand, while private cloud allows companies to maintain control and visibility of business critical applications. But there is one cloud model that stands apart: hybrid cloud.
Hybrid cloud provides the best of both worlds: secure, on-demand access to IT resources with the flexibility to move workloads onsite or offsite to meet specific needs. It’s the security you need in your private cloud with the scalability required of your public cloud. VMware vCloud® Air™ is a dedicated hybrid cloud solution that is versatile, easy to use, and interoperable with your onsite vSphere environment.
We at VMware aim to provide you with the information you need, when you need it, to help guide you on your journey to the hybrid cloud. To that end, today we’re introducing a new Facebook application where you can access key vCloud Air resources whenever and wherever you need them.
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:
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.”
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: