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!
When it comes to getting the best of both worlds, hybrid cloud does just that – it allows for scalable access to much-needed IT resources, while also allowing the flexibility to move workloads onsite or offsite to meet specific needs.
So how do you get started with hybrid cloud? Register for any or all of these 5 VMworld sessions, each based on one of our hybrid cloud starting points.
Development and Testing
Hybrid Sandboxing – Create the Ultimate On and Off Premises Test/Dev Factory
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:
Imagine that your local grocery store or supermarket proudly proclaimed, “We’ve cut the price of eggs 44 times and they’re now $3!” and their competitor down the street, not to be outdone, claimed, “Eggs are $2.75 here!” The first question you’d ask is, “How many eggs do I get and what size are they?” In short, what exactly am I getting for my money? Yet in the cloud wars when vendors cut prices, the headlines are the equivalent of, “Vendor cuts egg prices to $2.75 rendering chicken farms irrelevant,” and blogs sprout speculating about the type and cost of the underlying poultry and flock management.
When it comes to running applications on IaaS, price-performance is what matters. It is no use having low-cost cloud service if it’s not powerful enough to run your app with the performance you need. To that end, VMware commissioned benchmarking tests from Principled Technologies, who determined that vCloud Air delivers 2x the compute power of Microsoft Azure and 3x the storage performance of Amazon AWS.
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:
In June on the vCloud Blog, we talked about how to configure F5 Network’s BIG-IP® Global Traffic Manager for vCloud Hybrid Service, to address the challenge of maintaining a seamless user experience across a hybrid environment. Then in late July, F5 officially announced the availability of BIG-IP application services for VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, allowing enterprise customers to easily extend the same impactful application delivery services they already use in their data center, into the cloud.
Today, you have a chance to see vCloud Hybrid Service, a secure, hybrid cloud service based on VMware vSphere®, powering a lab at the F5 Networks’ Agility 2014 Conference in New York City. Customers who attend the Agility conference will be able to see for themselves how easily they can deploy F5’s virtual editions in vCloud Hybrid Service, and then configure them to load balance an application workload in VMware’s hybrid cloud.
We know you must be getting excited about VMworld 2014, because we are too! Leading up to VMworld 2014, we want to encourage all VMworld attendees and enthusiasts, both past and present, to join us for our next #cloudtalk and share your must-see sessions and events that you’re looking forward to at VMworld this year.
For this month’s #cloudtalk on Tuesday, August 12th from 11am-12pm PT, we want to discuss your 2014 VMworld predictions and field your questions on the must-see events. Co-hosting the chat will be VMworld veterans David Hill, a VMware Technical Marketing Architect for vCloud Hybrid Service, and Barry Coombs, Technical Architect, Blogger and VMware vExpert.
I’m doing something new this year before VMworld 2014. I decided that there is so much good content coming from my co-workers, that it might be helpful to get introduced to them as speakers before the event. My goal is that people who enjoy my presentations will start following and listening to the presentations by some other very good people. The problem is, you may just knot know who the people are when you see the presenter names in the catalog. Here is the first of a few online interviews I am doing to help you get introduced to some new speakers!
The VMware vCloud Hybrid Service team is continuously expanding on our vision of hybrid management. Last week, we announced general availability of vCenter Operations Management pack for vCloud Hybrid Service. Today, we are happy to announce general availability of vCloud Hybrid Service vSphere Client plug-in 1.5.
The plug-in extends familiar vSphere Web Client UI to vCloud Hybrid Service, allowing you to:
View and administer vCloud Hybrid Service cloud services such as Dedicated Cloud, Virtual Private Cloud and Disaster Recovery
Manage an inventory of virtual data centers (VDC), gateways and networks
Create virtual machines (VMs) from catalog templates and modify existing VMs
Receive automatic updates on any changes made in your account via the vCloud Hybrid Service web portal
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.