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iland Cloud launches new portal

Hot on the heals of my recent article about iland Cloud (A look inside iland Cloud), they have just launched a new portal for the cloud platform they offer to their customers. iland Cloud recently announced this new portal on their blog. iland’s new portal brings unmatched clarity to companies struggling with cloud Portal sets new standard in cloud transparency to minimize the unpredictable cost, performance and compliance issues that plague companies today iland’s new portal comes as part of its Enterprise Cloud Services, and empowers companies. You can read the full press announcement here. So what actually is the difference from my previous posts.  The first thing you notice is that the side bar gives you quick and easy access to all the areas you need control over. You can go directly to Networking, Catalogs, Continuity, Security and billing immediately by clicking an icon. You also get direct access […]

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VMware vcloud director

General Availability of VMware vCloud Director 8.20

Woohoo! The biggest release so far of VMware vCloud Director 8.20 is here.  VMware announced today on the VMware blog site the release of version 8.20 of vCloud Director. This latest version is packed full of features and updates to help the ever growing vCloud Air Network Service Providers deploy enterprise grade public cloud offerings. So whats key about this release?  Two important focus areas have been critical to this release being successful.  These are: Full NSX Support – now allows NSX capabilities to be exposed and consumed in a multi-tenant, self-service fashion. Service providers have granular role-based access control (RBAC) over these capabilities, which enables them to carefully govern what their tenants can do. Adopt a vCenter – “Adopt a vCenter” enables vCloud Director 8.20 to discover resource pools in existing vCenters and “adopt” them into the vCloud Director management plane, without interruption or downtime. Service Providers deploying VMware vCloud Director […]

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A look inside iland Cloud

In my new role working in the Cloud Service Provider Business Unit at VMware, I get the opportunity to meet with a number of service providers.  Recently I had the pleasure of spending time with iland Cloud (www.iland.com).  iland are a leader in Infrastructure as a Service and they have built a pretty nice offering.  In this article I want to give an inside view of the iland Cloud and what capabilities they have. iland Cloud Lets start by taking a look at what capabilities they provide. iland focus on three core use cases.  This allows iland to be laser focused on their customer needs, by providing services focused on only a small number of use cases, they can dive down into these capabilities.  This ultimately provides a higher level of service capability, due to not being focused on multiple service offerings and spreading themselves too thinly. Disaster Recovery is […]

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vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT SP)

vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT SP)

Are you a service provider trying to build a service offering? Are you a service provider struggling to integrate all the different products on the market? Are you looking at all the different documentation and thinking am I ever going to be able to deploy this? VMware has two options for you, either print off the Stress Reduction Kit here:   or read further and discover the vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT SP). This is a project close to my own heart.  I was one of the original product owners back in vCAT v1, v2 and v3 days.  Its been completely re-written and refreshed to give guidance and information for Service Providers delivering offerings within the vCloud Air Network. Want to know more?  Keep reading or go straight to the vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT SP) page. vCloud Architecture Toolkit for Service Providers (vCAT SP) The […]

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Clarifying the confusion on the VMware Cloud Strategy

Clarifying the confusion on the VMware Cloud Strategy

Now that VMworld is in full swing, I have had the opportunity to talk to a considerable amount of VMware Service Providers, Customers, and Cloud Consumers.  Everyone has asked the question what does the AWS announcement mean for [Insert vCAN, vCA, IBM] as cloud providers. From a vCloud perspective, adding AWS into the mix is simply just another VMware operated cloud provider.  VMware powers over 4200 service providers around the globe offering capabilities from Managed Services, Hosting and Cloud Services.  This announcement doesn’t change that, so how does it actually all fit together?  Lets try clarifying the confusion on the VMware Cloud Strategy with a diagram; This diagram speaks a thousand words (provided by Jenny Fong for VMworld). vCloud Air Lets start by looking at VMware vCloud Air, this is a VMware owned, VMware operated public cloud.  It runs in a VMware managed data center, is operated and supported by […]

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