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By: David Davis 

Launched at VMworld 2011, the vCloud Connector 1.5 beta offers some exciting new features. Those features are outlined by vCloud Connector and vCloud.VMware.com product marketing manager, Neha Sampat (@nehasf), in a new YouTube video, VMware vCloud Connector 1.5 Overview (watch below). In that video, I learned that vCloud Connector 1.5 beta offers:

  • Ability to move workloads, templates, and VMs between your public cloud and private cloud OR between internal private clouds
  • Ability to login at the vCloud.VMware.com site and manage your private and public cloud
  • The power to more reliability move workloads between private and public clouds thanks multi-part transfer, built-in compression, and checkpoint restart
  • Support for vSphere 5 and vCloud Director 1.5

 

Today, the vCloud.VMware.com website is essentially a catalog of vCloud service providers. However, when the vCloud Connector 1.5 beta goes live, you’ll be able to login to manage your public cloud – something that is covered in this YouTube video- VMware Launches Cloud Service Provider Ecosystem (vCloud) (watch below).

 

To see the vCloud Connector, version 1.0, in action, you can watch vExpert virtualization blogger, Eric Sloof (@esloof) in two YouTube videos – How to Use the vCloud Connector and How to move your VMs to BlueLock's vCloud Datacenter. While these don’t show version 1.5 yet, they are great resources to help you understand what vCloud Connector is and how it can help you.

Do you want to be a part of the public beta? It’s free and easy, just go Join the vCloud Connector 1.5 Beta here.  

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I did, in fact, join the beta and was both granted access to the beta vCloud.VMware.com website and was allowed to download the vCloud Connector 1.5 beta application, which I am installing in my private vCloud lab. Stay tuned for my how-to posts and feedback on the upcoming beta version!

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What’s next? Get started with the vCloud Connector 1.5 beta today! While support for the public beta has officially ended, the beta bits and beta-vcloud.vmware.com will continue to be available until the general availability of the product.

To keep up with the latest updates on vCloud Connector 1.5 and vcloud.vmware.com, be sure to follow @vCloud and @VMwareSP

David Davis is a VMware Evangelist and vSphere Video Training Author for TrainSignal. He has achieved CCIE, VCP, VCAP-DCA, and vExpert level status over his 18+ years in the IT industry. David has authored hundreds of articles on the Internet and over 10 video training courses for TrainSignal.com including the popular vSphere video training package. Learn more about David at his blog or on Twitter and check out a sample of his new vSphere 5 video training course over at TrainSignal.com.