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Manage Your vCloud Hybrid Service Environment Through vSphere

Building on the promise of centralized management and a unified interface for managing your Hybrid Cloud, VMware is excited to announce the General Availability of the new vCloud® Hybrid Service™ vSphere® Client plug-in 1.0.

With this free plugin you can view and manage the vCloud Hybrid Service directly from the vSphere Web Client, the same interface you use to manage your vSphere environment.  You can deploy Virtual Machines, create and configure Virtual Data Centers, access remote console and more.

The vCloud Hybrid Service vSphere Plug-in works with vSphere 5.1 and vSphere 5.5,  and marks a milestone for VMware’s hybrid-first approach. Our objective is to make it as easy to manage your VMs and workloads in vCHS as it is in vSphere – if not simpler. You can keep the same tools and approach you use today, without having to re-architect your operations.

The Software-Defined Data Center of tomorrow is here today, and the vCloud Hybrid Service vSphere Plugin is the next step in bringing the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud into the hands of vSphere admins everywhere.

vCloud Hybrid Service subscribers can download the free plugin here today!

VMworld 2012 – Day 1 Recap

By: David Davis

VMworld 2012 got an early start this year by starting on Sunday evening with the opening of the Solutions Exchange and Hands-On Labs, following by the renowned (but independent) VMunderground party. With over 20,000 people attending and the largest Solutions Exchange I have ever seen, it was a great start for VMworld 2012!

VMworld 2012 Day 1 Keynote

First thing yesterday morning was the much-anticipated keynote address where Paul Maritz handed the CEO position to former EMC and Intel executive Pat Gelsinger. When Paul left the stage, he received a standing ovation from the crowd for taking VMware from a virtualization company to one of the leaders in cloud computing with a market capitalization of $40B. Since Paul took the CEO position at VMware, the enterprise data center has gone from 25% virtualized to 60%, according to Gartner.

With Pat on stage, he disclosed VMware’s plan to kill the unpopular and often confusing vRAM licensing model in favor of a simpler per-CPU/per-core model. He also said that his company will expand its support for OpenStack and a “multi-cloud world.”

From there, Steve Herrod, VMware’s CTO, moved more into the latest technology announcement from VMware – their vision of the software-defined datacenter (SDDC). To fulfill that vision, Steve announced the vCloud Suite 5.1 which includes vSphere 5.1, vCloud Director 5.1, vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) 5.1, and SRM 5.1.

Here’s what it looks like:

Herrod talked about the VMware’s recent $1.26 billion acquisition of networking virtualization start-up Nicira as part of their vision to fulfill the SDDC.

For my full post about the VMworld 2012 product launches, see my post at: VMware Launches vCloud Suite 5.1 by David Davis. Also see the post from the vCloud Blog: VMworld 2012 Day 1 Announcements.

For a great video showing the Day 1 highlights watch:

vCloud Sessions

I ran across VCDX Chris Colotti in the solutions exchange and he said that he was speaking at roughly 12 sessions just this week. Besides being an incredible feat of endurance, this shows that there are a ton of excellent vCloud sessions here at VMworld. One great session that Chris gave on Monday was GD28 – vCloud Director Architecture and Deployment, which is repeated Wednesday, Aug 29, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Today, the vCloud team will be live-tweeting the following vCloud sessions from VMworld 2012: 

10:30-11:30am: OPS-CSM3045 – How to Run Amazon Web Services Workloads on Your vCloud w/ Adrian Cole and Mathew Lodge
12-1pm: OPS-CSM1930 –  VMware Private Cloud: OneCloud: Architecture and Best Practices w/ Venu Aravamudan and Ford Donald
1:30-2:30: OPS-CSM1917 – Becoming Operationally Ready for Cloud w/ Rohan Kalra and Kevin Lees
3-4pm: OPS-CSM1379 – Extending vCloud Director w/ Christopher Knowles and Thomas Kraus
4:30-5:30pm: OPS-CSM1167 – Architecting for VMware vCloud Allocation Models w/ Chris Colotti and Rawlinson Rivera

Read more here

Solutions Exchange and “Data” From Star Trek

With the largest VMworld Solutions Exchange ever, just seeing every booth is a time-consuming task, but well worth it! I picked up a stuffed robot for my son from SHI and walked by the Whiptail booth, when I saw Brent Spiner (aka “Data” from Star Trek) taking photos with attendees. There was a long line so I just figured I would take a photo of him with someone else. When I did that, Brent Spiner said “you there with the robot, come over here”. I came up and he asked me about the robot. He offered to take a picture of me with the robot and here it is… It was a huge honor, as I watched Star Trek Next Generation for years!

You never know who you’ll run into at VMworld or what you will learn!

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for Train Signal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP,CISSP, and vExpert level status over his 15+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and nine different video training courses for TrainSignal.com including the popular vSphere 5 and vCloud Director video training courses. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his VMware vSphere video training course from TrainSignal.com.

VMworld 2012 Day 1 Announcements

Many big announcements were made during the first General Session today at VMworld, and we wanted to provide a quick recap of highlights so that our readers can stay up to date with the latest product announcements, releases and updates.

VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 – Delivering the Software-Defined Datacenter

Perhaps one of the more exciting announcements made today at VMworld, Paul Maritz, Pat Gelsinger and Steve Herrod announced the new vCloud Suite 5.1 – the first solution to deliver the software-defined datacenter. The vCloud suite integrates VMware virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, in order to simplify the adoption of cloud era technologies.

Paul Maritz shared during VMworld, “VMware and its partners are taking a bold step toward simplifying IT, offering customers everything they need to build, operate and manage their cloud environments. The VMware vCloud Suite delivers the software-defined datacenter – the architecture for implementing cloud computing.”

vSphere 5.1 for SMBs

VMware has also announced vSphere 5.1 solutions to help SMBs simplify and protect IT – with industry-leading virtualization, business continuity and automated management. With the release of vSphere 5.1, VMware will also significantly extend the capabilities of vSphere Essentials Plus to include:

T-Systems Becomes the Latest VMware vCloud Datacenter Partner

T-Systems has joined forces with VMware to provide customers with easier, quicker and more manageable access to the cloud, with AutoScout24 and Actum/G2 already reaping the benefits of this strategic partnership.

According to Mathew Lodge, “T-Systems will broaden its VMware expertise by adding this cloud service offering to its existing and highly capable VMware consulting and integration practice, giving customers outstanding options for their cloud deployments.”

New Cloud Ops Education, Transformation and Advisory Services 

The new Cloud Ops Intellectual Property (IP) and advisory, transformation and education services was designed to help transition IT to a new operating model for cloud computing – to accelerate the delivery of new business value and innovation. Cloud Ops and the Cloud Ops Forum (also announced today) address how to build, operate, staff and measure a cloud environment to maximize business innovation and efficiency.

EMC and VMware Partner to Deliver vSphere Data Protection

Built on EMC Avamar deduplication backup software technology, the new VMware vSphere Data Protection solution is now available in place of vSphere Data Recovery – providing a more cost-effective, reliable and easy-to-use solution to protect VMware environments.

Cisco and VMware Expand Partnership to Help Deliver the Software-Defined Datacenter

This partnership will involve an investment in dedicated engineering teams, whose work will involve deepening integrations across the VMware cloud infrastructure and management stacks and Cisco’s Data Center Networking and Fabric Computing platforms.

More announcements are sure to come – follow us @vCloud and @VMwareSP on Twitter and fan us on Facebook for to-the-minute updates!

vRAM Pricing: What It Means for Service Providers

As we kick off another exciting VMworld, there’s a lot of excitement and discussion around the software-defined network and the new vCloud Suite 5.1. An important detail of the announcement is the removal of vRAM entitlement limits on vSphere licenses for customers. So what does this mean for vCloud Service Providers?

Key takeaways for service providers:

1) There are two bundles available in VSPP that will be updated to include VMware’s new cloud infrastructure & management products. The VMware vCloud Service Provider Bundles are expected to be available Sept. 11, 2012.

2) There are no changes to the licensing approach in VSPP. Reserved vRAM (“memory under management”) continues to be the licensing metric for VSPP – this model allows vCloud service providers the flexibility of a pay-as-you-go pricing model and the ability to exploit the powerful memory oversubscription capabilities of vSphere to deliver services to their customers.

VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) overview

As background, the VSPP is for partners offering cloud computing and hosted IT services built on VMware cloud infrastructure. Through a scalable pay-as-you-go license rental model, VSPP allows partners flexibility in service delivery with no up-front expenses. With over 8,500 partners in the program to date, the program continues to see rapid expansion due to strong market demand. Last week VMware announced continued momentum of its customers deploying public and hybrid clouds based on VMware cloud solutions. VMware and VSPP partners together form the number two public cloud ecosystem in the world.

New bundle packages for vCloud Service Providers

There are two vCloud Service Provider Bundles in VSPP – Standard and Premier.  These bundles have been well received by partners and helped pave the way for the introduction of the new vCloud Suites for end-users announced at VMworld. Many service providers who told us that the bundles are a great foundation for building a robust and secure multi-tenant vCloud Service, leveraging the core vSphere virtualization, cloud management, virtual networking and security capabilities.

The new 5.1 product versions add value to new and existing vCloud Services and help to further strengthen VMware vCloud as the preferred platform for service providers delivering Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings. The bundles are based on the latest 5.1 versions of vSphere, vCenter Management Server, vCloud Director and vCloud Networking and Security Advanced products. Each bundle also includes vCenter Chargeback and production-level technical support. With features like profile driven storage, HA firewall, and VXLAN software-defined networks, Service providers benefit from delivering improved performance and availability to their customers while lowering costs through more efficient and extensible service operations.

vRAM is still the licensing metric for VSPP

The VSPP program will continue to offer products to vCloud Service Providers on a subscription-billing model based on the reserved vRAM metric.  vRAM in VSPP has always been different to the perpetual (up front) VMware licensing. The model works well and supports our service providers’ need for a low up-front commitment, pay as you go model that scales with the value they derive from VMware and deliver to their customers.

In VSPP, vRAM is used to measure aggregate consumption and is not a limitation or cap on a license entitlement. Service providers can start delivering a vCloud Service to customers without paying anything up front for the licenses. At the end of each month, the total consumption of powered on VMs by the provider’s customers is billed. The benefit? Service providers can start small and then quickly scale as their business grows – no more, no less.

How is vRAM calculated and measured?

The reserved vRAM usage data is collected and calculated automatically by the vCloud Usage Meter tool, a software appliance that runs in the service provider’s datacenter. While there is some nuance in the calculation formula (well detailed in this previous post), the essence is that this model allows service providers to sell more computing capability from the same infrastructure, helping them to “sweat the assets” of their compute service on a fixed-cost basis. With reserved vRAM, a service provider controls the memory oversubscription and the service profit margin through the allocated vRAM delivered to customers.

How can I learn more?

More details around the new vCloud 5.1 products, packaging and benefits for service providers will be shared in an upcoming VMlive VSPP Solution Track webcast. Registered VSPP partners may sign up here. For those partners attending VMworld this week, I’d also encourage you to join me for session #PAR1519 “How to Sell and Deliver Services Powered by VMware vCloud.” The session is on Wed at 12:30 and accessible to registered VMware Partners in the PartnerTrack.

For future updates on VSPP and the VMware Service Provider community, follow @VMwareSP on Twitter.

For more information on VSPP, or how to become part of VMware’s service provider community, please visit the VMware Service Provider page.

The New vCloud.VMware.com is Live!

It has been one year since we launched vcloud.vmware.com, and our first major refresh is live!

Our main change to the site supports the new vCloud Service Evaluation feature: a low-cost way to learn about the advantages of a vCloud and test-drive different providers. It’s as easy as signing up with your credit card.

The Service Provider Carousel features a rotating list of Providers of VMware vCloud Powered Services:

The VMware team and our Partners are also excited about the other new features you can find on vcloud.vmware.com.

Supporting How-To Guides are perfect for new VMware vCloud users looking for technical implementation guides:

Improved integration with communities.vmware.com will help test-drive participants connect with other VMware vCloud users and VMware technical evangelists on social networks:

And a sign-up form for the vCloud Service Evaluation Beta gets you early access to our low-cost IaaS offerings:

Our team has many ideas for continued improvement, so join our beta today and stay tuned for upcoming features on vcloud.vmware.com.

Questions or feedback for our team? Feel free to tweet at us (@vCloud and @VMwareSP) or leave a comment below.

What To Look Forward To At VMworld 2012!

VMworld is finally here, and with all the great sessions and events taking place, we thought it would be helpful to provide a guide on what to expect at VMworld 2012. We’ll be on-site providing live coverage from the show, including photos, videos and live-tweets from vCloud sessions – be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Activities at the VMware Booth 

Interested in the new vCloud Service Evaluation? Stop by the VMware booth for more information and to check out the service firsthand! We’ll also be launching a $50 credit promotion at VMworld – attendees can obtain the promo code by solving a vCloud scramble puzzle (distributed at OPS-CSM sessions) or by visiting the VMware booth and providing the secret passcode. The passcode will be revealed via the vCloud blog, Twitter and Facebook during the week of VMworld US.

VMware attendees can also drop by the Expert Bar to get their VMware questions answered in-person by VMware experts, or visit our demo pods to test out vCloud Connector and vCloud Director (vCD).

Want to learn more about other customers who have deployed VMware-based clouds? At the VMware booth, attendees will be able to read customer summaries and testimonials on our interactive touch screen. Attendees will also have the opportunity to “Share Your Cloud Journey” and be entered into a raffle to win prizes!

The Solutions Exchange

The Solutions Exchange will feature 250 of the leading virtualization and cloud infrastructure companies showcasing the latest in virtualization and cloud products, solutions, and services.

The hours for the Solutions Exchange are:
Sunday, August 26: 4-7pm (Welcome Reception)
Monday, August 27: 10:30am-6pm
Tuesday, August 28: 10:30am-6pm
(With the Hall Crawl Happy Hour taking place from 4:30 – 6pm)
Wednesday, August 29: 10am-5pm

Sessions We’ll Be Live-Tweeting

Unable to attend VMworld? We’ll be live-tweeting highlights from vCloud-related sessions, so be sure to follow us on Twitter @vCloud and @VMwareSP. We’ll also be tagging all of our live-tweets with #vmworldops – just follow the hashtag to see our live updates.

vCloud Scramble Puzzles will be passed out randomly during these sessions – attendees can solve them and bring them by the VMware booth for prizes, such as a vCloud Service Evaluation promo code!

Here’s the list of sessions we’ll be live-tweeting:

OPS-CSM2083  What’s New with VMware vCloud Director with Manish Lohani and Tom Stephens
OPS-CSM2150 Lab Management with VMware vCloud Director: Customer Panel with DST Systems, Symantec and McKesson. Moderated by Murthy Mathiprakasam
OPS-CSM2258 Industry Leaders Share the Impact of Their Cloud Deployments with eMeter, A Seimens Business, Star Alliance, Columbia Sportswear, Lufthansa, eMix, Fluor Corporation. Moderated by Paul Strong
OPS-CSM1307 vCloud Architecture Toolkit 3.0 Overview with John Arrasjid and Joe Sarabia
OPS-CSM3045 How to Run Amazon Web Services Workloads on Your vCloud with Adrian Cole and Mathew Lodge
OPS-CSM1930 VMware Private Cloud: OneCloud: Architecture and Best Practices with Venu Aravamudan and Ford Donald
OPS-CSM1917 Becoming Operationally Ready for Cloud with Rohan Kalra and Kevin Lees
OPS-CSM1379 Extending vCloud Director with Christopher Knowles and Thomas Kraus
OPS-CSM1167 Architecting for VMware vCloud Allocation Models with Chris Colotti and Frank Denneman
OPS-CSM1449 Tech Preview of the Next Generation of vCloud Connector with Patrick Chang
OPS-CSM2248 A Class on Deploying a Production Cloud Architecture  with Christopher Knowles
OPS-CSM2033 Auto Scaling and Cloud Bursting in the Hybrid IaaS Cloud with Christophe Decanini and Christopher Knowles
OPS-CSM2975 Orchestrating the Cloud:  From API to Workflow with Alex Mittell
OPS-CSM1340 FedEx Case Study:  Lessons Learned Integrating vCloud Director, vSphere and Third Party Solutions with vCenter Orchestrator with FedEx Services and Chris Norton
OPS-CSM1340 Securing the Virtual Environment: How to Defend the Enterprise with Davi Ottenheimer and Matthew Wallace
PAR1519 How to Sell and Deliver Services Powered by VMware vCloud with Joe Andrews

#vTrivia

Following VMworld 2011 and VMware Partner Exchange 2012, we’ll be holding #vTrivia again this year for VMworld 2012! Here’s how to play:

  • During the show, follow @vCloud on Twitter, and look out for trivia questions posted with the #vTrivia hashtag.
  • #vTrivia questions will cover big announcements at VMworld, as well as highlights from key vCloud sessions and events.
  • If you think you know the answer to a #vTrivia question, @reply to @vCloud with your guess, making sure to tag your tweets with #vTrivia.

#vTrivia participants will have a chance to win laptop bags, VMware pins, flash drives, iTunes gift cards, and other great prizes! 

Here are some photos from last year’s winners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Events

Besides attending breakout sessions and learning from experts in the virtualization and cloud fields, VMworld is also about networking. Join us and other VMworld attendees at any of the many social events taking place at VMworld.

Welcome Reception
Sunday, August 26, 4-7pm 

Kick off the week right! Check out the Welcome Reception at the Solutions Exchange to chat up Knowledge experts, talk to technology partners, and catch up with colleagues and professionals before things get rolling during the week.

#VMunderground
Sunday, August 26, 8-11pm

(Packed house at last year’s #vmunderground at the Nine Fine Irishmen)

Were you lucky enough to get a golden ticket? Mingle with fellow VMworld attendees over drinks and snacks at Jillian’s after the Welcome Reception in the Solutions Exchange. We’ll also be on-site providing live coverage, such as photos and videos, from the event!

#cloudtalk Tweetup at Roe
Wednesday, August 29 5-7pm

Join us for our second annual in-person #cloudtalk at VMworld! This Tweetup is the perfect opportunity to get in the mood for the VMworld Party with vCloud experts and fellow cloud enthusiasts over some drinks and light snacks.

If you plan on joining, don’t forget to RSVP to our Twtvite. You’ll be able to find us in the Upstairs Lounge at Roe on Wednesday night.

For those who won’t be able to make it, look for updates with the #cloudtalk hashtag, or follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP for live tweets, photos and video throughout the event.

VMworld 2012 Party  
Wednesday, August 29 7-10pm

End the week with a bang at the VMworld Party! This year’s party is comprised of three parts: The Sports Lab, The Hi Tech Lab, and The Music Lab. Each area will have plenty of entertainment, food and beverages.

The Sports Lab: You’ll find 10 giant screens showing your favorite sports games from the week, pool tables, foosball, and all of your favorite old time sports bar games.

The Hi Tech Lab: Check out the coolest and latest in video gaming.

The Music Lab: Jam out at our rock concert featuring Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia.

Are you getting as excited for VMworld as we are? Be sure to follow us on Twitter @vCloud and @VMwareSP for live updates from the show, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Another VMware Cloud – Columbia Sportswear Runs Its Hybrid Cloud on VMware

Columbia Sportswear Company “is very pleased with how effortless it has been to deploy VMware vCloud to meet our rapidly growing business requirements, allowing us to scale instantly and reduce infrastructure costs,” shares Michael Leeper, Senior Manager of Global IT Engineering at Columbia Sportswear.

Columbia Sportswear is the worldwide leader in outwear and sportswear apparel and accessories. Based in Portland, Oregon, the company has over 4,000 employees and over 50 physical locations and retail space around the world. The company, which went from 25% VMware-virtualized to over 96% virtual over the span of 8 months, turned to VMware in order to take a closer look at the option of moving workloads outside of their own datacenters.

According to Leeper, Columbia Sportswear saw the hybrid cloud model as having three main advantages:

  1. Ability to provide zero downtime to users;
  2. Significant disaster recovery solutions;
  3. Power to spin up environments quickly.

The company saw the VMware hybrid cloud model as a way to solve business challenges around availability and disaster recovery, as it enables the flexibility to move workloads out of their own data facilities and to a cloud provider.

In terms of availability, Columbia Sportswear wanted to be able to “shutdown their physical equipment, move their data, move their workloads up to a temporary spot for four or five weeks, and then bring it back,” with users never seeing an outage while they are working from home or on the road – a problem easily solved with a hybrid cloud model.

Additionally, the company was interested in taking advantage of the Disaster Recovery solutions that a hybrid cloud approach could provide. When the Japanese tsunami in 2011 caused continuous power outages to Columbia Sportswear’s Tokyo facility, users were still able to gain network access from public sources, despite the data being inaccessible and the local servers being offline. During that time, the company realized that moving the data out of the region temporarily would have improved operations and would have allowed local staff to access their data remotely.

Finally, Leeper shares that a hybrid cloud model would enable the company to spin up environments very quickly just to test something – getting IT out of the way as a roadblock to innovation.  

Want to learn more about Columbia Sportswear and other companies who have successfully deployed a VMware-based cloud? IT executives from Fortune 1000 and mid-market companies will be taking the stage at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco during Session OPS-CSM 2258 on August 27, 2012 at 2:30pm. During the session, “Industry Leaders Share the Impact of Their Cloud Deployments,” these executives will share why they chose a hybrid cloud solution, their use cases and deployment outcomes, including infrastructure, security, provider selection and results. 

Visit Another VMware Cloud to learn more about other companies who have successfully deployed a public, private, or hybrid cloud model through VMware. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @vCloud and @VMwareSP for more Another VMware Cloud stories!

vCloud Tweetup at VMworld – Join Us at Roe!

Get ready for the VMworld Party in style and join the VMware vCloud team, VMware Partners and other cloud enthusiasts for our Tweetup at Roe! 

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For our second annual in-person #cloudtalk at VMworld, we decided to step it up a notch and gather the cloud community in the downstairs lounge at Roe, San Francisco.

Come by to grab a few drinks (on us!), socialize and network before the VMworld Party. Some of our resident VMware vCloud Experts will be in attendance, including Chris Colotti, Wade Holmes, and Rawlinson Rivera

Here’s everything you need to know about the Tweetup: 

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 29th from 5-7pm
Location: Downstairs Lounge at Roe
                 651 Howard Street
                 San Francisco, CA 94105

Please RSVP to our #cloudtalk twtvite here – food and drinks will be provided to get you in the mood for Bon Jovi at the VMworld Party!

For those unable to join in-person, look for updates with the #cloudtalk hashtag, or follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP for live tweets for our virtual attendees. We'll be streaming photos and video throughout the event.

We look forward to seeing you in-person at VMworld!

VMware Provider Guide: Securing Hybrid Clouds with vShield Edge VPNs (Part 3)

In Part 2 of this series, we demonstrated how to establish single-site and multi-site VPNs in vShield Edge. In this final part of our three-part series, we will walk through establishing an Enterprise-to-Site VPN.  This involves configuring the VPN appliance at the enterprise location, which may be a bit more complex. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions before establishing the VPN from the vShield Edge appliance.  

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1. First, configure an IPsec VPN on the physical appliance at the enterprise site. Use shared secret authentication and capture the shared secret to use for configuring the vShield Edge appliance later on. vShield Edge supports certificate-based authentication, but the interface provided to organization administrators does not. If certificate-based authentication is necessary, the cloud service provider must set up the VPN manually. 

2. To enable the site-to-site VPN, open the Configure Services dialog from the virtual datacenter’s external network.

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3. Set up the VPN to “A Remote Network” and give it a descriptive name. Fill in the descriptions for the enterprise VPN appliance, select an encryption protocol to match the enterprise VPN appliance’s setup, and provide the shared secret that was captured during the enterprise appliance setup.  

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4. Once the site-to-site VPN is set up, the tunnel status should be reported as Operational in the Configure Services dialog.

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In sum, the industry-standard, IPsec-based VPN functionality of vShield Edge helps providers of vCloud Powered services allow enterprises to fully utilize public clouds without security concerns. vShield Edge allows virtual datacenters to seamlessly connect with the same level of security in both their cloud and physical deployments. Additionally, customers use a self-service interface to support their own security needs, and with chargeback mechanisms in place, providers of vCloud Powered services can effectively attract more business while building stronger relationships with customers.

Log on to Partner Central and download the whitepaper to learn more. For more information and updates visit vShield Edge and vCloud Director and follow us on Twitter @vCloud and @VMwareSP for the latest news!

Try Your Own vCloud in Minutes

By: Mathew Lodge

Today, we’re announcing that we’re introducing a new service that allows you to get your own vCloud IaaS service in minutes, called vCloud Service Evaluation. We heard from many customers that they came to vcloud.vmware.com to learn more about vCloud services, but that it wasn’t easy to sign up with a credit card, kick the tires, and learn by doing. vCloud Service Evaluation will provide a quick, easy and low-cost way for you to learn about the advantages of a vCloud through hands-on testing and experimentation.

You can sign up for the beta here: www.vmware.com/go/vcloudbeta. We’ll be sending out invites to those who sign up the week of August 27th, and those of you who are going to VMworld in San Francisco can see and try the service at the cloud services pod within the VMware booth.

You’ll need a credit card to use the service. It makes the service self-funding, and we can keep things simple, avoiding complex “service quotas” and other artificial restrictions – and also offer Windows VMs. We learned that customers have widely differing requirements for tests and proofs of concept. So, instead of annoying restrictions, you pay a small amount for what you use – a 1Gb Linux VM with one vCPU is $0.04/hour – and you are free to run the VMs you need until you are done. Once you have entered your card details, you’ll get your credentials within 15 minutes. If we need to verify anything, you’ll get a call.

To keep costs down, we commissioned a VMware vCloud service provider to build and operate the service on our behalf. We’re giving you a vanilla example of how a vCloud Powered service – delivered by a VMware vCloud service provider – would work. It’s worth pointing out that vCloud service providers offer significantly more in terms of cloud functionality. vCloud Service Evaluation has all the basics like a catalog of useful VM templates, virtual networking, persistent storage, external IP addresses, firewalls, load balancers, the vCloud API etc., but you’ll get a lot more in a production vCloud service.

To find that production vCloud service, head to vcloud.vmware.com: the gateway to the world’s largest network of certified compatible public cloud services, including more than 145 vClouds in 28 countries.

To get you started quickly, vCloud Service Evaluation offers a variety of pre-built content templates (at no charge) including WordPress, Joomla!, Sugar CRM, LAMP stack, Windows Server and a mix of web and application stacks and OSes. You can also Bring Your Own VM (BYOVM). That’s right, you can BYOVM and put it into your own private catalog for deployment. You can do that either by uploading it directly into vCloud Director, or you can run the vCloud Connector VMs into your account (they’re in the public catalog) and use that to transfer your VMs from vSphere or any other vCloud.

Here’s what the main console looks like:

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The service evaluation also allows you to run the VMware vCloud Director® interface.

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We also learned that while we had some great information on vmware.com, but that it was hard to find stuff relevant to vCloud – and it wasn’t clear where to ask questions. So we put all the “how to” guides in one place, added some new ones, and also provided a Community site (message boards) where you can ask questions and get answers from experts at VMware and our partners.

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Finally, email, chat and telephone support is available Monday through Friday for billing enquiries and to report any technical problems. “How do I…?” questions are best asked (and answered) on the Communities site.

We hope you find vCloud Service Evaluation a simple, low-cost way to learn about VMware vCloud, and look forward to getting your feedback on the service.