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VMworld Europe 2014 is officially underway, and we’ve kicked off the show with a lot of exciting news for VMware vCloud® Air™! In his keynote, our own Pat Gelsinger announced plans to bring vCloud Air to all VMware customers in Germany, an important first step to introducing an easy, fast path to an efficient and agile public cloud.

As Gavin Jackson notes in his recent blog, there has been a strong appetite among customers for vCloud Air in Europe, and our new datacenter in Germany is an exciting addition to the vCloud Air network. Today’s announcement underlines our continued commitment to providing customers around the globe a cloud solution that’s both flexible and in line with local data requirements.

So what’s next? First, we’re going to start giving our European customers more options on how they can connect to, and leverage, the cloud with VMware vCloud Air Direct Connect. By pairing vCloud Air Direct Connect with network provider partners like Colt, customers can secure private line connectivity from their own dedicated circuits (or cross-connection from co-located data centers) straight into the VMware cloud.

We’re also expanding the vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud beta program to all of Europe as well. This Early Access Program enables you to provision vCloud Air with only the swipe of a credit card. The program opens on November 17. Interested customers can go to http://www.vmware.com/go/ondemandeap to participate.

If you’re at the show, make sure to take advantage of the numerous opportunities available to learn about vCloud Air.

For live updates from the show floor, follow us on Twitter at @vCloud and on Facebook at facebook.com/vmwarevcloud.com. For more information about VMware vCloud Air, please visit vCloud.VMware.com.