We’re back with another installment of our monthly series: vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT-SP). Each month we share a new article in our ongoing series detailing the numerous use cases of the VMware vCloud Solution. Together, this collection of posts will help you take full advantage of the superior cloud solutions found in the vCloud environment.

But before we dive into this month’s topic, take a look back at a few of our most recent vCAT-SP posts:

This time around we explore two of the most important features required in a successful cloud stack: storage and availability. Particularly, we dive into VMware solutions, vSAN for storage and vCloud Director for availability. The two services are detailed in the following whitepapers:

Below, we provide a brief overview of the information found in the whitepapers. If interested, we encourage you to download the whitepapers and discover the power of vCloud solutions for yourself!

Simplifying Storage with VMware vSAN

The storage needs of today’s enterprise customers is reaching an unprecedented level. Between consumer and automated platforms, the amount of data being created on a daily basis has placed an increasing amount of pressure on service providers to provide robust, scalable storage solutions.

VMware’s vSAN is a software-defined storage solution for VMware vSphere® environments capable of providing the scalability, performance, and reliability users demand at a competitive price.

As detailed in the whitepaper, vSAN can reduce service providers TCO by up to 50 percent and lower CapEx and OpEx simultaneously through efficiencies found in the public cloud. Additionally, the vSAN storage solution enables service providers to automate many of the tedious manual storage tasks today.

vCloud Availability for vCloud Director®: Disaster Recovery and Migration

VMware’s vCloud Director (vCD) platform is a powerful tool for managing and implementing specialized hybrid cloud services to meet the demanding needs of enterprise customers. Specifically, vCloud Availability for vCD provides users with support for workload replication of VMware environments and migration between VMware services.

One of the benefits to using vCloud Availability supported by vCloud Director is minimal downtime. Service providers can provision DR solutions and migration strategies that require little to no downtime, keeping business critical workloads available throughout the deployment process.

To explore the technical requirements of vCloud Availability within vCloud Director, please consult the whitepaper. There, you will find steps for architecting and deploying vCloud Availability across cloud environments and data centers.

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