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Is Anyone Running XYZ in vCloud Air?

Here’s a question I get….well….pretty much DAILY.  I published an article a while back on What Can I run in vCloud Air, but that was more about really, technically speaking most things can.  Mostly the issue that comes into play that I won’t dive into is the licensing and compliance around application mobility.  Every ISV has different rules and different ... Read More »

The Best, Least-Used Feature of vCloud Connector

Most people are well aware of VMware vCloud Connector at this stage of the game.  If you are not, it is a FREE tool you can use to copy virtual machines between clouds.  Notice I did not say “vCloud’s”, because you can use this tool to move virtual machines between both vSphere and vCloud based clouds.  You can copy from ... Read More »

Check Out The New Cloud Academy

I just got word that this just launched today so go check out the new VMware Cloud Academy!  There is even a promotion for some free VMworld tickets, so take the quiz and see how you score and get entered! What is VMware Cloud Academy? “Think VMworld technical breakout but available on vcloud.vmware.com, that is freely accessible 365/days per year, PLUS ... Read More »

Building a Full Scale Hybrid Data Center

Some people may or may not have seen on the VMware vCloud Blog that I posted a series of articles documenting a very large scale lab build out.  The purpose of these articles was to try and drive home some of the examples you can do with Hybrid Cloud if you architect things properly.  You can do a lot with ... Read More »

Disaster Recovery Planning Is All About The Application Stack

Having done so much work recently on the vCloud Air – Disaster Recovery, and having done quite a bit of DR planning in past lives, I wanted to touch on a few things that have started cropping up.  What I am about to chat about is not something new, but it seems history as always tends to repeat itself.  As ... Read More »

How To Seed a vCloud Air – Disaster Recovery Replication Without Downtime

UPDATED 7/9/2014:  This has been tested and is SUPPORTED by VMware Engineering! I got this question the other day, and decided to just test it out.   The premise seemed sound but I wanted to see if anything would fail in the process of replication using a live cloned copy of the virtual machine in question.  Here is why I ... Read More »

How to Configure Multiple Machines For vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Replication

There is something people have asked as I have done multiple demonstrations of the vCloud Air Disaster Recovery offering is “Can we configure multiple machines for replication?”.  Well, with the help of Akeem Jenkins and some lab testing we found out the answer is actually YES.  To be honest this was not something I was told would work when the ... Read More »

vCloud OVF Import Fails From vCenter OVF Export

Today I just ran into a small little issue trying to re-export a virtual machine from vSphere on premises back to vCloud Air.  The interesting thing that I discovered with some help was this is caused by old vCloud data in the vApp configuration.  This problem happens when you do export a virtual machine from vCloud Director to vCenter then ... Read More »

vCloud Air Disaster Recovery Sizing Considerations

I’ve already fielded a number of questions on this topic and I want to start by saying this is not an “Official” recommendation hence why I am posting on my personal blog since this is more about considerations than actual calculations.  The trick with anything like this is running the risk of people taking what you say as gospel, and ... Read More »

7 Things To Know About vCloud Air Disaster Recovery

Well, there you have it vCloud Air Disaster Recovery is now generally available!  I’ve been working behind the scenes on this for some time since before it was in Beta, and I’m proud to say I have been part of this launch.  I plan on continuing to record some more videos and writing blog posts as well as speaking on ... Read More »

Common vCloud Air Questions

Every day I see an email thread or 10 about questions related to various aspects about vCloud Air.  Primarily it has to do with what a user has access to within the service.  I figured I’d do a quick personal blog post to address some of this.  I know where some of these things come from because I was a ... Read More »

vCloud Air Native Installer in vCenter

Most people noticed that Update 1 for vCloud Suite was released.  However there is one small addition I’d like to point out to those that have not manually installed already and that is the vCloud Air Plugin.  As of vCenter 5.5 Update 1 the installer is now available in the vSphere web client.  However, I noticed as someone who manually ... Read More »

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