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Hybrid Cloud Manager Deployment Considerations

by Michael Francis

VMware Hybrid Cloud Manager™ is VMware’s management extension for VMware vSphere® and VMware vCloud® Air™. Hybrid Cloud Manager aims to simplify the implementation of a true hybrid cloud.

My Definition of Hybrid Cloud

What is hybrid cloud? In my mind, hybrid cloud means extending my on-premises estate into a data center facility owned and provided by a third party. The key to this definition is in the word “extension.” A true extension means I can retain my existing operating model, security model, and provisioning systems and seamlessly migrate applications from my on-premises environment to my provider’s platform, just as I do within my on-premises environment.

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The Secret to Getting Security to Say ‘Yes’

By Richard Rees, Security & Compliance Architect, VMware Professional Services

My post last week about the NSA and hybrid cloud I shared an important equation from the security world: Trust = Visibility + Control. In other words, if I’m going to trust a third party with my data assets, I need to have more visibility to make me comfortable with less control.

Today I want to highlight the different requirements that security, IT, and business have for building trust, and how improved visibility can help all three build a more successful working relationship.

Let’s start with security, the most risk-averse, and a mindset I have the best insight into. We know that business and IT are frustrated when we say no, but they need to understand our thought process. If security says “no,” and something bad happens, we get to say “I told you so.” If we say “no,” and nothing bad happens, we’re still ok. But every time we say “yes” we take a risk on getting burned. And we’ve been burned plenty before.

The business side has completely different requirements for trust. To them, risk is just the cost of doing business. You acquire a company, it doesn’t perform as you expected, you sell it off again. That’s that. Meanwhile, IT is somewhere in the middle, focused on efficiency and service delivery to the business.

When these different risk tolerances are competing (instead of collaborating), new problems arise, like the precipitous growth of “shadow IT” and the security problems it poses. Continue reading

The Snowden Leak: A Windfall for Hybrid Cloud?

By Richard ReesSecurity & Compliance Architect, VMware Professional Services

Interest in hybrid cloud has risen since Edward Snowden’s leak in May revealing vast surveillance operations by the US government, according to VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and COO Carl Eschenbach during a VMworld Q&A last week.

That’s not surprising, since hybrid clouds allow businesses to keep their data in their own house and out of the prying eyes of government. That’s undoubtedly attractive for foreign companies doing business with or in the United States, since the US government was revealed to be focusing their monitoring efforts on emails sent to or received from another country.

Even if you aren’t worried about the NSA, I’m guessing you’d prefer the government not to have access to your business’s (or your customers’) information without your knowledge.

Hybrid: The best of both clouds

Enter the hybrid cloud. With a hybrid platform, businesses get the convenience and flexibility of a public cloud, but all access to sensitive data is handled through the organization’s private cloud. Continue reading

Are You Ready To Get The Most Out Of VMworld?

Since the sessions for VMware 2013 were announced, we’ve been highlighting a few favorites from our Professional Services Consultants and Service Architects each week. The planner will be launching soon, and with 350+ sessions this year, we imagine you’ll be carefully laying out your schedule in the coming weeks.

This week we recommend you check in with David Hill about building a hybrid cloud and Wade Holmes about software-defined storage. And don’t miss our earlier recommendations in the End-User Computing and Virtualization tracks.

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How to Build a Hybrid Cloud in Less than a Day

With David Hill (VMware)

In this session you’ll hear how you can build a hybrid cloud in less than a day. We will look at the multiple technologies available today enabling the hybrid cloud and how you can use them to turn your current vSphere infrastructure into a hybrid. This helps businesses lower total cost of ownership and operational costs.

Attendees will leave the session with:

  • An understanding of how to deploy vCloud Connector in a vSphere infrastructure
  • Clarity on the potential pitfalls and mistakes real customers have made in the past
  • Knowledge of how to move workloads seamlessly between clouds

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Software-Defined Storage: The VCDX Way

With Wade Holmes (VMware)

Storage is one of the key pillars within every datacenter. Leveraging software-defined storage is key to unleashing the full benefits of the software-defined data-center. But, as with any new technology, you must understand how software-defined storage fits into your current datacenter architecture.

VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDXs) utilize an architectural methodology that eases the adoption of new technology to meet your business needs. Join us to learn how to design, implement, and integrate software-defined storage solutions—the VCDX way.

At this session you’ll learn:

  • How the VCDX architectural methodology can assist you in adopting new technology into your data center
  • How leveraging software-defined storage can assist in meeting your business needs
  • Key features and capabilities of VMware’s software-defined storage offerings

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