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Monthly Archives: March 2014

V to the Power of Cloud

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As your customers continue to incorporate cloud computing as part of their IT strategy, compatibility, extensibility and reliability are key frames of reference used to identify suitable cloud service providers, quite possibly like your company. Can you stand out verses the competition? VMware makes the search easy for customers with their vCloud Powered Service Provider technology badge for VMware Service Provider partners.

This badge indicates that a service provider has a validated “Infrastructure as a Service” public cloud offering built on a VMware platform aligned to a specific definition. It also provides a level of assurance to the end customer, that their workload will utilize the same VMware architecture off-premise as they are running in their own virtualized data centers. The net result is easy provisioning of cloud resources that are compatible with existing infrastructure, to quickly and securely extend an internal virtualized infrastructure into the cloud.

Partners who successfully validate their vCloud service offering are eligible for promotion within VMware’s global portal and in addition will receive a logo, which can be used to support end-user marketing and awareness activities.

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How to Power Up

Receiving your vCloud Powered status is a relatively simple and painless process. Each partner must be part of VSPP with a minimum monthly commitment. Assuming the partner meets that level, they can visit our vCloud Validation site to start the process.  The vCloud Powered Service Validation Tool tests the partner’s cloud service to verify it meets the following conditions:

  • The cloud service must be built with and operated using VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud director
  • The vCloud User APIs must be exposed to cloud tenants
  • Cloud tenants must be able to move virtual workloads packaged with the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) version 1.0
  • The ability to upload OVFs built with virtual hardware version 9
  • A test verifies the existence of a publicly available vCloud Director organization configured with: 
  • A user with credentials
  • An organization virtual datacenter (Org VDC) with a direct connected Org VDC network bridged to the External network (no edge gateway), a private catalog to which the test user has read/write access and a Linux vApp template in the catalog configured to make a direct vApp network connection to the Org VDC network, receive inbound SSH connections and have outbound access to the Internet.

If you’re a service provider but not a VSPP member, join now.  If you’re already in the VSPP program and not vCloud Powered, don’t miss out on this tremendous opportunity to grow your business.  Power up today with VMware vCloud.

– The VMware Partner Network Team

Staying Connected With Desktop as a Service

Admit it, each of us has been guilty of looking at our phones more often than the person we are actually supposed to be enjoying dinner with. Today, being “plugged in” and connected 24-7 is not only considered normal, it is almost expected.

With the explosion of mobile devices and 24X7 connectivity now readily available, more and more business is handled on the go.  As a result, the traditional corporate desktop environment is shifting to a new paradigm. End users are now more remote than ever before, yet still need to access inside-the-firewall corporate resources. Enterprise IT is under immense pressure to enable this new mobile workforce, while ensuring that corporate data and applications are secure and also controlling the costs associated with the management of a production of end user devices.

Luckily, there is a solution to this IT issue. By partnering with a provider who candeliver “Desktop as a Service” (DaaS). DaaS enables enterprise IT to purchase Windows desktops and applications as a subscription without the overhead of deploying and maintaining virtual desktop infrastructure.

Traditionally delivered via a subscription model, DaaS has unique requirements that cannot be met by simply employing traditional desktop virtualization technology.  VMware’s Horizon DaaS platform was purpose-built for service providers with a robust, secure, scalable and cost-effective platform for delivering cloud-hosted virtual desktops.

So how does a solution provider get started with DaaS?  It’s a relatively simple and painless process.  VMware maintains partnerships with leading DaaS providers globally.  Visit  VMware’s DaaS providers to view partners and learn more about their channel programs.  As for end customers, moving to a DaaS environment is seamless and customer responsibility can include access devices, line of business applications, anti-virus/security, operation system licenses and image deployment and creation.

Desktop as a Service is clearly ready for you.  Are you ready for DaaS?  Click here to learn more and get started today.

The VMware Partner Network Team

Evolving to Meet Customer Demands

Times are a changing! Nowadays, if you want to be considered a thought leader in your industry, you have to shift with IT and adjust to their way of doing business. Put in simpler terms – to stay relevant, you must evolve.

Customers are demanding more agility and cloud services, as well as new and innovative ways to reduce cost. VMware partners are positioned to deliver on these demands. Listen below as two VMware partners, GovPlace and SIGMAnet share their stories.

GovPlace – Solution Provider and Systems Integrator

SIGMAnet – Hybrid Cloud – Solution Provider

We look forward to growing our partnership with you.

– The VMware Partner Network Team

Do You Have what it Takes to be a VMware Certified Professional?

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Attention VMware partners! If you’re a technical professional in a VMware Premier Partner organization, now is the time to test your technical skills.

For a limited-time, we are waiving the mandatory VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (ICM) training course for the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization Certification (VCP5-DCV). We want to simplify the certification process for highly skilled technical professionals that have significant hands-on technical experience installing and supporting VMware virtualization solutions. If you’re a Premier Partner technical professional looking to earn the VCP certification,  take these next steps:

1. Visit the Partner Certification Acceleration Promotion page for details (must have a Partner Central account to access)

2. Take the VCP5-DCV Exam before June 30, 2014.

3. Upon passing the VCP5-DCV Exam, you will be officially VCP5-DCV certified

Don’t wait to take advantage of this opportunity. The offer ends on June 30, 2014. Have any question? Be sure to leave them below and as always, keep the conversation going on Partner Link.

– The VMware Partner Network Team 

Do You Have what it Takes to be a VMware Certified Professional?

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Attention VMware partners! If you’re a technical professional in a VMware Premier Partner organization, now is the time to test your technical skills.

For a limited-time, we are waiving the mandatory VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (ICM) training course for the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization Certification (VCP5-DCV). We want to simplify the certification process for highly skilled technical professionals that have significant hands-on technical experience installing and supporting VMware virtualization solutions. If you’re a Premier Partner technical professional looking to earn the VCP certification,  take these next steps:

1. Visit the Partner Certification Acceleration Promotion page for details (must have a Partner Central account to access)

2. Take the VCP5-DCV Exam before June 30, 2014.

3. Upon passing the VCP5-DCV Exam, you will be officially VCP5-DCV certified

Don’t wait to take advantage of this opportunity. The offer ends on June 30, 2014. Have any question? Be sure to leave them below and as always, keep the conversation going on Partner Link.

– The VMware Partner Network Team 

VMware’s Six Paths to Success in the Cloud

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Spring may be on its way, but it’s staying extra cloudy at VMware since partners are now enabled more than ever before to achieve success in the rapidly growing world of cloud computing. Here is a quick overview of the opportunities for success in the cloud with each of our cloud programs.

1.     The VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) enables the success of public/ hybrid cloud by providing Service Provider Partners with an OpEx strategy for investing in VMware infrastructure on a monthly subscription model.  vCloud Services deliver enterprise-class security and infrastructure compatibility together with providing customers the freedom to readily move workloads among private, public, and hybrid clouds.

2.    VMware’s Horizon desktop as a service (DaaS) platform was purpose-built for Service Providers with a robust, secure, scalable and cost-effective platform for delivering cloud-hosted virtual desktops. With a primary focus on delivering Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service to any user, anywhere on any device, the customer benefits of DaaS are extensive.

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3.     The Cloud Credits Purchasing Programis also enabling cloud success for Solution Providers by enabling end-user customers to buy public/hybrid cloud services in a single transaction or an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) from VMware Solution Providers, control their consumption of the cloud and redeem the credits with approved VMware vCloud Service Providers over time. Watch the video to learn how Cloud Credits can help you – and your customers, achieve success in the cloud.

4.    VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service is a secure, dedicated infrastructure-as-a-service hybrid cloud owned and hosted by VMware, built on the trusted foundation of VMwarevSphere. The service supports existing applications and new application development, giving customers a common platform for seamlessly extending their existing data center to the cloud while leveraging the same tools and processes VMware customers use today.

5.     The VMware Hybrid Cloud Solution Competency enables partners to successfully sell cloud services and seamlessly migrate customers from physical to cloud (P2C), or migrate customers from the private cloud to the public cloud. The Competency provides the foundational training required for partners to deliver VMware Hybrid Cloud Service, giving partners the opportunity to participate and gain influence in the cloud discussion with customers. Solution Providers wishing to transact vCloud Hybrid Service need to obtain VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Solution Competency.

6.     VMware vCloud Connector links vSphere-based private and public clouds via a single interface, allowing you to manage them as a single hybrid environment. You can transfer virtual machines (VMs), vApps (collections of VMs with related resource controls and network settings), and templates from one vSphere-based cloud to another. You can also set up a content library to distribute and synchronize templates across clouds and extend a single Layer 2 network from your private data center to a vSphere-based public cloud.

From the ongoing growth and success of the VMware Service Provider Program to the VMware Cloud Credits Purchasing Program (launched at Partner Exchange 2013) to vCloud Hybrid Service, VMware is providing unparalleled options for all partner types in the VMware partner eco-system to succeed.

–  The VMware Partner Network Team