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Trick or Treat with the VMware vCloud Air Network

With Halloween right around the corner, the tricks and treats are bound to be plentiful.

There are numerous cloud solutions available to you today, but not all clouds are built the same. Different businesses have different needs – it’s essential to make sure you have a cloud provider that fits yours.

One way to ensure the cloud doesn’t spook your organization is to treat yourself to the services of a provider on the vCloud Air Network!

For those who like to get in the Halloween spirit, we’ve put together a fun activity. Below are 5 statements – your job is to figure out whether it’s a trick (false), or treat (true).

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Cloud Services 101 with the VMware vCloud Air Network

The VMware vCloud Air Network is a large ecosystem of service providers offering validated cloud services built on VMware technology. With the vCloud Air Network, customers bet better security and compliance, better choice and flexibility and better breadth and depth of the applications and services they require.

To better facilitate a seamless journey to the cloud, we’re working with our vCloud Air Network service providers to validate their services and distinguish them as being powered by VMware technology. This ensures that the service provider you partner with is validated in all things VMware, hybrid cloud and more — giving you the assurance that your workloads will run on the same VMware architecture off-premises as they are on-premises.

So what validated services can you expect find?

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Did You Miss VMworld US this year? Here’s a Recap!

VMworld 2015 brought a lot of exciting innovations and announcements to the industry. But before we head over to Barcelona for VMworld Europe, let’s recap what we announced in San Francisco.

vCloud Air Announcements:

As interest in cloud services continues to grow, VMware continues to evolve and innovate in ways that propel the industry forward. Here are the ways that VMware has addressed some of the challenges that IT executives face day-to-day:

Unified Hybrid Cloud

Our very own Mathew Lodge, Vice President of Product Marketing for Cloud Services, has discussed the new battleground for cloud and how it’s actually the middle ground: it’s about new cloud native approaches that blend with existing systems. We believe cloud is the next platform shift in IT.

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Cloud Seeker: Play the Game to Start Your Adventure to the Cloud!

The journey to finding a cloud that meets all your business requirements can be tough at times. IT decision makers have to consider various aspects, such as security, reliability, compatibility, and data sovereignty, among other things.

With VMware and the vCloud Air Network, it doesn’t always have to be so tough..

Introducing Cloud Seeker, an exciting and informative adventure to the Cloud! In this game for your mobile device (iOS and Android supported), you take on the role of the Cloud Seeker, on a mission to discover your ideal public or hybrid cloud with the vCloud Air Network.


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Read the Newest VMware Comic Book: Hero On Demand

Your company is launching a new app in two days, and you’re in charge of finding a cloud service to develop and replicate test environments quickly. What do you do?

Our newest comic book chronicles the path of IT manager, Gene, who needs to find a solution. Can he quickly purchase a service that meets his teams’ requirements and is easy to use? Or does he get trapped in a maze of systems and miss the launch entirely?

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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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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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Get on the Fast Track to the Cloud With VMware vCloud Air Network

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.

Meet your business’ exact needs in just a few clicks with the VMware vCloud Air Network at vcloudproviders.vmware.com. Simply use the “Find a Provider” tool to discover your ideal service provider in just a few clicks.

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:

If you’re ready to find a service provider, visit us at vCloudProviders.VMware.com.


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