Debunking Myths About vSphere Data Protection

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The release of VMware’s vSphere Data Protection 5.5 (VDP) seems to have caused a stir in the virtual backup industry. It appears we have hit a soft spot with some of the other vendors offering backup solutions for vSphere and have seen some confusing messaging coming from our partners/competitors in this market. While we’re certainly […]]> The release of VMware’s vSphere Data Protection 5.5 (VDP) seems to have caused a stir in the virtual backup industry. It appears we have hit a soft spot with some of the other vendors offering backup solutions for vSphere and have seen some confusing messaging coming from our partners/competitors in this market. While we’re certainly proud of the technology partner ecosystem built around VMware solutions I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight on vSphere Data Protection.

The Myths

  1. Other vendors claim they never need agents to perform backups, where VDP Advanced does.
  2. If you cannot directly view your backup files you may lose your ability to recover from a disaster
  3. Replicating your backups off-site requires expensive “WAN acceleration” technology
  4. VDP lacks any kind of fast VM recovery technology
  5. VDP cannot automatically verify the recoverability of a VM

We’ll dive in to each of these a little bit to get to the truth about vSphere Data Protection.

Myth 1: Agents, or the lack thereof

Some vendors claim they require no agents to do vSphere backups, even for application aware backups of Exchange, MS SQL, and SharePoint, whereas VDP Advanced does require agents for these applications.

The fact of the matter is, the vast majority of VMs do not require agents because of the way our vSphere data protection APIs work. This is the case for VDP and every other vSphere certified backup solution. But, a proper application consistent backup of Exchange, MS SQL, SharePoint and other application does require an agent, even for vendors like Veeam. Need proof? Here’s a quote from page 235 of the Veeam Backup & Replication Version 7.0 User Guide:

To coordinate proper indexing and VSS activities, Veeam Backup & Replication injects a runtime process inside the VM...In the Guest OS credentials section, specify an account with local administrative privileges for injecting the process.

Call me crazy, but a runtime process injected on a VM via admin credentials to do indexing and other activities on behalf of another server is the very definition of an agent. The biggest difference between VDP and Veeam’s agent approach is that VDP’s agents are a one-time install via wizard, whereas Veeam’s agents are installed and uninstalled each and every time a backup job runs.

And don’t forget: our VDP Advanced agents also run on physical servers so you can backup your entire Exchange, SQL, or SharePoint environment with VDP Advanced.

Myth 2: If you can’t directly access your backup files you may suffer dire consequences

First things first, it really doesn’t matter which backup system you choose – your backup files are useless without the backup servers. Further, if you’ve lost your backup infrastructure I’d say the odds are good you’ve lost other critical parts of your infrastructure as well. In cases like this, perhaps backups aren’t the best option for getting up and running. You might want a disaster recovery solution like our Site Recovery Manager or vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery for this situation.

But what about smaller, localized issues? What if your backup server gets wiped out? First and foremost I’d recommend you use a product that includes backup replication so you always have 2nd and 3rd copies of your backups, hopefully on-site and off-site. With VDP Advanced your backups could be replicated directly to another VDP Advanced virtual appliance so you could immediately restore from the 2nd appliance – no additional configuration or setup needed. (Even if vCenter is down!)

So what happens if you have your backup files but your backup server is gone? Nothing! At least not until you re-install the backup server and database and maybe some proxies and repositories so that you can actually use those files, stealing precious minutes or hours from your recovery time objective.

Even if you’re using our basic version of VDP, which is included with most versions of vSphere and which does not have built-in replication, keep in mind that everything you need to protect your backups – the backup files, database, everything! – is contained within a single VM. Simply copy the VM to secondary storage periodically to avoid a single point of failure.

Myth 3: You’re going to need to buy a WAN accelerator to handle replication

VDP Advanced includes highly efficient, secure backup data replication across any link at no additional cost. How do we do it and why don’t you see some special “WAN accelerator” configuration inside VDP Advanced? VDP Advanced is based on EMC Avamar and uses the same enterprise-class deduplication algorithm and replication engine as Avamar. What this means to you is VDP does all the required deduplication as soon as the backups are created, across all backups stored on the appliance. No additional steps are needed to further optimize the data for WAN transfers. Plus you get the added benefit of using less storage for the primary backups so you save money on your overall backup solution!

Myth 4: VDP lacks any kind of fast VM recovery mechanism

“Instant Recovery” is the hot marketing item in the backup world (it’s kind of a boring world). Strategies for restoring data quickly is a topic I’d like to explore further in a more detailed article so we can look at how we’d approach some common scenarios with VDP. For now I want to say this about “instant” recovery: the feature looks good in the brochure, but instant recovery techniques from nearly every vendor end up with VMs that are pinned to a single host, running from your backup storage, with IO shuttled through some sort of proxy VM. Add it all up and you’re left with a significant performance and usability hit to the recovered VMs. If you later decide to move that VM from backup storage to production, it often requires multiple steps to move and rehydrate the VMDKs and then rebuild them from the delta disks that were written while the “instant” VM ran.

In contrast, VDP Advanced can utilize Changed Block Tracking to restore a VM directly on full production storage. This means only the blocks that have changed since the selected restore point will be restored. As a result, restore times can be dramatically reduced – up to 6X versus traditional restore methods according to the VDP Advanced study performed by ESG Labs.

Myth 5: You cannot verify a backup with VDP

This myth is just plain wrong. VDP Advanced does include automated backup verification. And we’re not just talking about verifying a file checksum. A VDP backup verification job can be created to automatically restore and verify the full functionality of a VM on a scheduled basis, e.g., once per week. Results of the backup verification jobs are reported in the VDP Advanced user interface and email reports so that administrators have the utmost confidence that important VMs can definitely be restored when needed.

Where VDP Advanced Shines

We’ve designed VDP and VDP Advanced to offer a great value to our customers, who often struggle to setup a good backup system and cannot afford the high price of some of the enterprise backup solutions. We think VDP excels in many areas but especially with features like:

  • Reduced storage consumption to save you money (up to 75% less storage)
  • Fast and simple recovery for VMs, applications, and files (up to 6x faster)
  • Application protection for Exchange, MS SQL, and SharePoint (virtual and physical)
  • Integration directly with vCenter
  • Overall simplicity (go from zero to your first backup in 30 minutes)
  • Leverage the best technology available (powered by EMC Avamar)

As I said at the start, we’re very proud of the ecosystem of partners we’ve built around vSphere, even those we compete with at times. While we at VMware focus on building products that are “better together” we realize that no single product will fit every customers’ needs and at the end of the day it’s you – the customer – who has to navigate the maze of features and jargon and figure out the solution that’s best for you. I hope this article makes that task a little bit easier.

Backstage Pass Session #3 – Performance Tuning Hands-on Labs VMworld

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Backstage Pass Session #3 – Performance Tuning Hands-on Labs VMworld This session will discuss how we tested and tuned our Datacenters for optimal performance. Josh will discuss the tools he used to test our multiple clouds and Joey will go into details on the infrastructure we have deployed and our planning for VMworld. This is […]]>

Jon S. asking Joshua S. about our HOL Cloud Performance VMworld 2013 San Francisco CA

Backstage Pass Session #3 – Performance Tuning Hands-on Labs VMworld

This session will discuss how we tested and tuned our Datacenters for optimal performance. Josh will discuss the tools he used to test our multiple clouds and Joey will go into details on the infrastructure we have deployed and our planning for VMworld. This is a great session for folks getting ready to roll out their Clouds and a great opportunity to ask questions.

Date: Wednesday May 7th, 2014

Time: 9:00 AM – 10 AM PDT

Session MP3 and Slides will be recorded and posted on this blog for folks that could not attend.

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Bringing VMware and AirWatch together

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The line between mobile and desktop is blurring. There may be nothing that represents that fact more clearly than VMware’s acquisition of AirWatch — the company’s largest acquisition to date. But exactly how will the integration of the two formerly separate silos of desktop and mobile occur? Kit Colbert, CTO of End-User Computing at VMware, […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2014/04/bringing-vmware-airwatch-together/feed/ 0 Introducing the AirWatch + ServiceNow Connector by Cloud Sherpas http://blogs.air-watch.com/2014/04/introducing-airwatch-servicenow-connector-cloud-sherpas/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2014/04/introducing-airwatch-servicenow-connector-cloud-sherpas/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:12:13 +0000

Zero Lead-Time Computer “Hardware”

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By Chris De Vere Let me share an idea with you: The manufacturers of all products have the same problem regarding delivery lead-time: How can I get my products to my customers when they want them? The traditional approach is to use a two tier distribution model: a wholesaler who buys in bulk from the […]]> By Chris De Vere

Let me share an idea with you: The manufacturers of all products have the same problem regarding delivery lead-time: How can I get my products to my customers when they want them? The traditional approach is to use a two tier distribution model: a wholesaler who buys in bulk from the manufacturer; and a retailer who uses his understanding of his customer to stock the items that he believes his customer will purchase.

There are three problems that I see with this approach: the first is the issue of multiplying probabilities; the second is that the more combinations on offer the lower the probabilities are likely to be, and the third is that the more perishable the goods the shorter the shelf life. Let me explain.

Supposing that a distributor knows what to purchase for his reseller customers 9 times out of 10; and let us assume that the resellers know what to purchase from their distributor for their end user customers 9 times out of ten (0.9 x 9.0 = 0.81). This means that the reseller will actually have what the end customer really wants 80% of the time.The more options a product has, the more likely that the probability will be lower.Let us say that with more options, the distributor knows what to purchase for his reseller customers three quarters of the time; and likewise we assume that the resellers know what to purchase from their distributor for their end user customers three quarters of the time (0.75 x 0.75 = 0.56). Now the reseller will actually have what the end customer wants in just over half the time!Only having what your customer wants in half the time is not a recipe for success.This problem of options is compounded if the product is has a short shelf life, like fresh food, fashion or consumer electronics.

We have seen retailers come up with some innovative solutions: on-line grocery shopping with delivery to the home, the customer ordering much closer to what he actually wants. We have seen Amazon.com make the news about experimenting with drones to deliver goods direct to the customer to reduce lead-time.

Let us look at computer hardware, and in particular the world of converged infrastructure. Here we have the problem of a lot of options and limited shelf life. As a result, these products are often built to order.The market leader in this space has a 60-day lead-time. Another supplier has a relatively short 20-day lead-time. All offer some sort of scheme where the customer can include some sort of “buffer stock” to eliminate lead-times in the future. Typically, these are blades that are not charged for until they are used. One company offers a buffer stock with a “rental,” but rent this for a month at the exorbitant rate charged and you will have paid the original purchase price. So, you can see that all these buffer stock and rental plans are really variations on the same theme: clever financing.

How can an IT organization overcome the problem of computer hardware lead-time without clever financing?Here is a way.You ask your hardware supplier to deliver VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service as well in the interim. Almost straight away you will have computing resource available to use while you order exactly what you want from your supplier and wait for delivery.This is what Interop had to say when awarding vCloud Hybrid Service the “Best of Interop” award:

A customer doesn’t just initiate a workload under the VMware hypervisor in the cloud; he initiates one, when desired, that’s identical to the one running in his data center. The network characteristics are the same. The policies on the firewall and other security measures are the same.

To the system administrator in the enterprise, the new workload may be in the cloud, but it’s managed from a familiar vCenter management console and it looks and acts just like those across the data center floor. In particular, VMware’s efforts to virtualize the network and assign it as a flexible resource to a virtual machine at the moment of creation means a system administrator can stretch layer 2 and/or layer 3 networks seamlessly from the data center to vCloud Hybrid Service without the need for manual configuration changes.

In the past, moving the workload has been possible into a public cloud, but that necessitated using different tools and monitoring systems and setting up networking on the cloud provider’s terms. VMware is making it possible to extend the server, networking and storage envelope inside the data center out into the public cloud, making it an extension of the enterprise.” – Charles Babcock

So, the answer to solving the lead-time problem is to order vCloud Hybrid Service when you order more hardware. Logically extend your IT environment using your Security Policies and Network Parameters and later copy your workload back in-house when the hardware is delivered and installed.If you are running a VMware environment, no conversion of the workload is required as would be the case with other clouds.

The question is, what would it mean to you if you could start using more IT resource immediately rather than waiting one or two months? And as Nicholas Negreponte, the guru at the MIT Media Labs, said: “Move bits, not atoms.”

Chris De Vere is vCloud Business Development Director within VMware EMEA’s vCloud Hybrid Services team. With VMware since 2011, Chris worked to establish vCloud as the leading Cloud platform for Service Providers across Europe Middle East and Africa, and now works to bring VMware’s own vCloud Hybrid Services operation up to speed across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining VMware’s vCloud organization, Chris worked at IBM in IBM’s fledgling “Cloudburst” team, EMC, Silicon Graphics and Verity.

vCenter Operations Management Tech Tips: Tip #33 – Introduction to the Cluster Utilization Dashboard: Part 1

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Apr 302014
 
A few days back I wrote a #TechTip on creating aOne-Click Cluster Capacity Dashboardwhich was liked by a number of people in the virtual world. In-fact it was so easy to download and replicate that within a few hours of rolling out that post, I could see a number of people coming back to me […]]> A few days back I wrote a #TechTip on creating aOne-Click Cluster Capacity Dashboardwhich was liked by a number of people in the virtual world. In-fact it was so easy to download and replicate that within a few hours of rolling out that post, I could see a number of people coming back to me stating that they have deployed the Dashboard and have started looking at the Capacity numbers for their infrastructure. Many of them asked as to how they can create their own XMLs for creating similar dashboards. I wrote another #TechTip in a few days which spoke aboutCreating your own XMLs for Custom Dashboardsand got some great feedback on that as well.

Doing this is so much fun, however more often it is difficult to think of the various problems you can solve with these Custom Dashboards. With my continuous engagements with the customers on the field, I get some fancy requests which keeps my brain working on digging out possibilities with vCenter Operations Manager.

In my last engagement with a customer, I installed theCapacity Dashboardfor him which I have already shared with you before. The immediate reaction of the customer after looking at the dashboard was to have something similar for his environment which could help him gauge the UTILIZATION of each cluster with a single click. This includes, CPU, Memory & Disk Utilization. The client was very clear with what he needs and that helped me create the following dashboard.

I will do this Dashboard in a 3 Part Series:-

Part 1 – Introduction to the Cluster Utilization Dashboard (This post)
Part 2 – Creating the required Supermetrics for the Cluster Utilization Dashboard
Part 3 – Bringing it all together.

NOTE- This dashboard uses both RegularvC Ops Derived MetricsandSuperMetrics. I have marked the Scorecard boxes which are using Supermetrics with the initials“SM <Number>”.We would need to create these SuperMetrics before we could use the .XML file and import the Dashboard as we did previously.

 

Let us first look at the features & use cases for this dashboard and then we would proceed with the steps on how to build the each component of this dashboard.

CLUSTER UTILIZATION DASHBOARD – FEATURES

1 – Gives you a single page view of the Utilization of all your vSphere Clusters being monitored by vCenter Operations Manager. (One of Multiple vCenter Servers). Click on a cluster on the left pane for which you want to know the UTILIZATION data and on the right pane you will see the same.

2- The 1st row gives you an overview on how many VMs can be deployed in a cluster based on the vC Ops average profile, how many are deployed and how many more can be deployed based on the deployment trends.

3- Then you have 3 rows of CPU , Memory & Storage Total Capacity, Allocated Capacity, Usage, Usage in percentage & finally the number of VMs remaining keeping a resource in mind such as CPU, Memory & Storage.

4- It is important to note that vC Ops uses local storage if available on the ESXi hosts, hence the storage stats might be a bit skewed. You can create groups within vC Ops to isolate local storage from SAN cluster wise but then it will not allow you to have a dynamic dashboard such as this. You will have to then create a separate dashboard for each of your cluster & create a new one every time you add a cluster. But with THIS cluster utilization dashboard everything is automatic and dynamic

5- This is the most asked Dashboard by CxO’s as they want a one click summary of what they have, how much they have used and what is remaining. This is the LARGEST use case hands down.

6- There are last 30 days trend-lines as well for the specific metric which makes it a bit more informative.

CLUSTER UTILIZATION DASHBOARD – SUPERMETRICS??

In this series, I will show you how to create one of the SuperMetrics through screenshots and then give you the formula for rest of the super metrics which you can create yourself following the example. If you closely look at the screenshot of the dashboard, you will notice that this dashboard displays 20 metrics in total. 8 out of 20 are Supermetrics. The table below shows what metrics & Supermetrics are being displayed.

Needless to say that the one inREDare the Supermetrics and the others are derived metrics. Before we bring this all together, let me share the steps to create a SuperMetric, let’s saySM 1

I will close this part right now and in the next part, I will explain as to how we need to create all these Supermetrics. That should be out next week.

Introducing the AirWatch + ServiceNow Connector by Cloud Sherpas

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Apr 302014
 
A contributed post by Tony Fugere, Service Delivery Manager for the ServiceNow Business Unit at Cloud Sherpas.

Bagel Wednesdays are the Icing on the Cake or shall we say Cream Cheese on the Bagel at VMware Headquarters

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Apr 302014
 
The sweet aroma of cinnamon and honey, the sound of toasters dinging, and the sight of bagels, containers of cream cheese, muffins, and croissants galore…Bagel Wednesdays are one of my favorite perks here at VMware Palo Alto! Wednesdays are commonly referred to as Hump Day, which represents the idea that a week can be visualized […]]> The sweet aroma of cinnamon and honey, the sound of toasters dinging, and the sight of bagels, containers of cream cheese, muffins, and croissants galore…Bagel Wednesdays are one of my favorite perks here at VMware Palo Alto!

Wednesdays are commonly referred to as Hump Day, which represents the idea that a week can be visualized as a hill that a person climbs, with Wednesday, typically being the peak of the week. By Wednesday, the adrenaline from Monday is wearing off and everyone is eagerly waiting for Friday to come around. This is precisely why Bagel Wednesdays are such a treat. They keep us sane and most importantly, indicate which day of the week it is when everything seems like a blur!

I’ve made a number of new friends by introducing myself to the person next to me at the toaster as we waited for our bagels to toast or by debating which schmear tastes the best while trying to decide between the wide variety of flavors. These new acquaintances have evolved intoworkout partners at the fitness center, my go-to recommenders for new movies, and even commute buddies. Bagel Wednesdays create an opportunity for people from different teams to interact with each other and put a pep in our step because they are a treat to look forward to just when we need it the most!

While Bagel Wednesday is a favorite of mine, there are definitely other perks to working at VMware. Some of these vary by location, but here are a few that stuck out to me:

  • Access to a state-of-the-art gym at headquarters or gymreimbursements for those without an onsite gym
  • Access to onsite services like dental, medical, haircuts,dry-cleaning, car washing and detailing
  • Free and healthy snacks including locally-sourced fruit
  • Friday Bashes every two weeks equipped with tasty food,beverages and local musicians
  • An amazing, eco-friendly campus at headquarters with over 1,500trees
  • Fun events featuring performers like Colbie Caillat, Train, andCarrie Fisher and speakers like Jane McGonigal and Professor Donald Knuth

The best part about working at VMware, in addition to innovative people who are architecting what’s next, is that there is a little extra something for everyone here. These perks enhance the whole employee experience and journey of working at VMware whether you’re a foodie, a music aficionado, a nature enthusiast or a health-conscious person…and yes there are many of us who are all of the above too!

 

Cheers to Bagel Wednesday!

 

 

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Updated VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0002.2

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Today VMware has released the following updated security advisory: VMSA-2014-0002.2 The advisory was updated to document the release of an ESXi 5.1 patch that addresses CVE-2013-5211, “DDoS vulnerability in NTP third party library”. VMware Knowledge Base article 2070193 provides mitigation for this issue and documents when vSphere components are affected. The ESXi 5.1 patches released […]]>

Today VMware has released the following updated security advisory:

VMSA-2014-0002.2

The advisory was updated to document the release of an ESXi 5.1 patch that addresses CVE-2013-5211, “DDoS vulnerability in NTP third party library”. VMware Knowledge Base article 2070193 provides mitigation for this issue and documents when vSphere components are affected.

The ESXi 5.1 patches released today are not related to the OpenSSL Heartbleed issue (ESXi 5.1 and below are not affected by this issue). The product releases and patches remediating the Heartbleed issue have concluded and are all documented in VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2014-0004.

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Bringing VMware and AirWatch together

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Apr 302014
 
AirWatch is our biggest acquisition ever and as you can imagine, customers and partners alike are eager to hear how we plan to integrate it into VMware. Specifically, how are we going to bring the two traditionally separate silos of desktop and mobile together? To help explain our vision for uniting VMware and AirWatch, we released a video describing our architecture and technology integration plans. Definitely watch the video to learn more, and the rest of this blog will give you a summary of our plans and a bit more color on certain areas. Vision First, I want to make it clear that this is not about just integrating two sets of technologies. It’s about setting a vision for end-user computing and helping to drive the industry forward. That vision is quite simple: users should be able to access all of their data and apps on any device without compromise, and IT should be able to seamlessly and consistently manage and secure all these apps, data, and devices. Unfortunately, in today’s environment, users have to compromise a lot as they switch between devices, in terms of capabilities and application support. Similarly, desktop and mobility management have little in common, usually driven [...]]> AirWatch is our biggest acquisition ever and as you can imagine, customers and partners alike are eager to hear how we plan to integrate it into VMware. Specifically, how are we going to bring the two traditionally separate silos of desktop and mobile together?

To help explain our vision for uniting VMware and AirWatch, we released a video describing our architecture and technology integration plans. Definitely watch the video to learn more, and the rest of this blog will give you a summary of our plans and a bit more color on certain areas.

Vision

First, I want to make it clear that this is not about just integrating two sets of technologies. It’s about setting a vision for end-user computing and helping to drive the industry forward. That vision is quite simple: users should be able to access all of their data and apps on any device without compromise, and IT should be able to seamlessly and consistently manage and secure all these apps, data, and devices. Unfortunately, in today’s environment, users have to compromise a lot as they switch between devices, in terms of capabilities and application support. Similarly, desktop and mobility management have little in common, usually driven by separate IT teams with different areas of expertise. Yes, there are many companies out there, point players that help bridge the gap in this way or that, but the reality is that this has been a fragmented marketplace. The opportunity for us (VMware + AirWatch) and the industry is to provide a unified solution built on best-of-breed components.

As with any vision, this one will be a journey. The integration of VMware and AirWatch will occur in phases, with some easy wins first and the disruptive innovations following. What I want to present here is the complete vision and how we plan to achieve it. This plan will include not only identifying integration points, but also extending existing technologies to meet the needs of the integration. I won’t go into timelines here, but rest assured we’re already hard at work and you should expect to see updates at VMworld and through the rest of 2014. Ok, on to the integration!

Architecture

In identifying the different integration points between VMware and AirWatch, it’s useful to have a big picture view of what it is we’ll be integrating. This is the diagram we’ve been using to help visualize the integration:

As you can see, we’ve organized the diagram into rows. The lowest row is the physical devices end-users own (BYOD) or use (corporate-owned or COPE – corporate-owned, personally enabled). These span various types of PCs to all sorts of mobile devices. Above that is all the various services and applications end-users access or consume, such as full virtual desktops, published applications (both through XenApp and now with Horizon 6, ThinApp, SaaS/web apps, and of course, mobile apps). The next row is Workspace Services, which consists of common services that span applications and devices, such as a portal or app catalog, identity and authentication, files/data (EFSS – enterprise file sync and share and MCM – mobile content management), and social. Finally there is the management layer, where the desktop and mobile worlds are managed and configured.

While there is a separation between desktop and mobile today, there are many common sets of functionalities between the two. Indeed, many of the integration points should be obvious visually from just looking at the above diagram. So how will we bridge the divide? The key here is to focus on use cases.

End-Users

Let’s start with end-users. End-users want a no-compromise and consistent experience on the device of their choice. Thus they should have one place to go regardless of device to get access to their apps and data – i.e. one user portal. VMware Workspace provides a strong basis for this today, as it supports all desktop and SaaS apps. We could easily integrate in mobile apps:

Of course, it’s not just tying the app catalogs together, it’s about enabling a single identity and single sign-on across desktop and mobile. Users also expect their files to be synced seamlessly across all their devices and want one place to go to access all their files. AirWatch Secure Content Locker (SCL) is already that central access point, as it enables device connectivity to corporate datastores on Sharepoint and CIFS in addition to cloud services like OneDrive and Google Drive. So we have the opportunity to create a common data solution by integrating Horizon Data capabilities deeply into SCL for a seamless user experience.

Finally, social is changing from just being a place you go into a property of things. Today Socialcast is a website (with a corresponding mobile app) where users go to collaborate. But social should also be embedded in everything users access: their app portal, their files/data, their devices. For instance, an example integration is Socialcast and SCL. Today in Socialcast, users can attach files to conversations. With SCL, users can include comments on files. But the two aren’t connected. By connecting Socialcast and SCL, we could cross-reference the social network and the file/data network. This would allow users and the enterprise to have a much better understanding about relationships between people and data, leading to useful insights. Very powerful stuff!

How does this benefit end-users? First, users can have the same set of applications available to them irrespective of device. The portal and app catalog can be available both on desktop and on mobile, and users could be able to easily launch the apps of their choice. And the app launch could be context sensitive. For instance, if the user wants to run Workday and is on a desktop, then the Workday SaaS app would pop up in a browser, already logged in and ready to go. If the user is on an iOS device, the app launcher will know that and run the Workday iOS app. Again, a seamless experience for the user.

Second, users can switch easily between devices. Think of it like Netflix: you start watching a movie on your TV at home, pause it halfway through, and then at some point later you pick up your tablet and you can start right where you left off. Our unified solution could offer the same experience, but for a user’s apps, data, and content. A user can start working on a tablet, realize a physical keyboard might be easier for the task, and switch to a laptop and start right where she left off. This is extremely powerful and would be a boon for end-users.

Third, we have the opportunity to thread social through all of this. Users can know who’s been accessing files they’ve shared or who’s been collaborating on a given file. This would make it much easier to know who to work with on a given issue, as the information is all there and readily available.

In the end, we’re trying to create a seamless experience for end-users: they can use the device of their choice without compromise, switch between devices without missing a beat, and enhance the way they collaborate. We think this is a huge win for end-users!

Admins

What about admins? In the end they want a simple way to secure and manage devices. Every customer we’ve talked to that’s used AirWatch loves the simplicity of the admin UI and of the mobility management paradigm in general.

With mobility, admins deal with three things: users, policies (which are sometimes device-specific), and apps/content. There’s no complex scripting needed; instead it’s just a simple admin UI where they can check the boxes for options they want and map users to policies to apps/content. It’s that simple.

Contrast that with desktop, where the tools today are still somewhat archaic. This is primarily due to the Windows OS, where applications are not locked down at all by default (say, compared to iOS) and where applications can interfere with each other (e.g. through clashing DLLs, registry settings, etc). This forces a full image management model, where instead of talking about apps and content, we talk about images instead (which mash together apps, content, and even policy) – really a bit of a hairball. The result is something that’s much harder to manage than mobile. So the goal should be to simplify desktop management and align it with the mobility management paradigm. In order to do that, there are two primary enabling technologies: layering and user-environment management.

Layering is a technique for digging into Windows and splitting up a Windows image into “layers” that comprise logical sets of functionality, such as an application, the base Windows OS, and user data, that are isolated and can easily be inserted and removed – a giant step toward untangling the hairball! User environment management (UEM) refers to management of the Windows user persona and security and capabilities of the Windows OS. This both enhances security and improves Windows manageability by enabling finer-grained policy controls, similar to what mobile OSes have.

How does all this fit together? Let’s take an example we’re hearing about frequently from customers today: employees wanting to bring in their own laptops (PC or Mac) and get the full suite of IT services on those laptops. IT wants a secure, controlled environment, but the user doesn’t want IT to take complete control of their personal device. Sounds a lot like the problems with mobile devices, right? The solution for desktop is to leverage a local type 2 hypervisor provided by VMware Player Plus or VMware Fusion Professional to run a locked down, secure desktop VM provided and maintained by IT. The opportunity is to seamlessly manage that VM using layering provided by VMware Mirage and administer it in AirWatch, just like any mobile device. This solution strongly resonates with customers, as they see the possibility of dramatically simplifying BYO desktop management.

This is just one example, but the potential for applying the mobility management paradigm to desktop is huge. This would greatly simplify administration of all devices, since now a device is just a device and IT can focus on users, policies, and apps/content. A win-win for everybody!

Bringing It Together

Based on the above, we can take another look at our architecture diagram with the proposed integrations in place:

As you can see, we can integrate all the different pieces from Workspace Services to create a truly seamless and immersive experience for end-users regardless of the device they choose to use. For admins, layering and UEM can enhance the manageability of desktops, allowing them to manage desktops in the same simple way they manage mobile devices today, enabling a unified management paradigm. We think these integrations would be a huge win for admins and end-users alike.

Of course this is not an exhaustive list of every integration we’re thinking about, but hopefully this gives you a big picture view of how these two best-of-breed pieces could come together to create a unified solution. As I said at the beginning, integrations are a journey, both for us and our customers. But results will start emerging quickly – expect to hear a lot more at VMworld. We’re really excited about the opportunity here and hope you are too. What are your thoughts on these technology integration plans? Will your organization be able to benefit from our mobile unified solution? Please share your feedback below.

Bringing VMware and AirWatch together

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Apr 302014
 
AirWatch is our biggest acquisition ever and as you can imagine, customers and partners alike are eager to hear how we plan to integrate it into VMware. Specifically, how are we going to bring the two traditionally separate silos of desktop and mobile together? To help explain our vision for uniting VMware and AirWatch, we released a video describing our architecture and technology integration plans. Definitely watch the video to learn more, and the rest of this blog will give you a summary of our plans and a bit more color on certain areas. Vision First, I want to make it clear that this is not about just integrating two sets of technologies. It’s about setting a vision for end-user computing and helping to drive the industry forward. That vision is quite simple: users should be able to access all of their data and apps on any device without compromise, and IT should be able to seamlessly and consistently manage and secure all these apps, data, and devices. Unfortunately, in today’s environment, users have to compromise a lot as they switch between devices, in terms of capabilities and application support. Similarly, desktop and mobility management have little in common, usually driven [...]]> AirWatch is our biggest acquisition ever and as you can imagine, customers and partners alike are eager to hear how we plan to integrate it into VMware. Specifically, how are we going to bring the two traditionally separate silos of desktop and mobile together?

To help explain our vision for uniting VMware and AirWatch, we released a video describing our architecture and technology integration plans. Definitely watch the video to learn more, and the rest of this blog will give you a summary of our plans and a bit more color on certain areas.

Vision

First, I want to make it clear that this is not about just integrating two sets of technologies. It’s about setting a vision for end-user computing and helping to drive the industry forward. That vision is quite simple: users should be able to access all of their data and apps on any device without compromise, and IT should be able to seamlessly and consistently manage and secure all these apps, data, and devices. Unfortunately, in today’s environment, users have to compromise a lot as they switch between devices, in terms of capabilities and application support. Similarly, desktop and mobility management have little in common, usually driven by separate IT teams with different areas of expertise. Yes, there are many companies out there, point players that help bridge the gap in this way or that, but the reality is that this has been a fragmented marketplace. The opportunity for us (VMware + AirWatch) and the industry is to provide a unified solution built on best-of-breed components.

As with any vision, this one will be a journey. The integration of VMware and AirWatch will occur in phases, with some easy wins first and the disruptive innovations following. What I want to present here is the complete vision and how we plan to achieve it. This plan will include not only identifying integration points, but also extending existing technologies to meet the needs of the integration. I won’t go into timelines here, but rest assured we’re already hard at work and you should expect to see updates at VMworld and through the rest of 2014. Ok, on to the integration!

Architecture

In identifying the different integration points between VMware and AirWatch, it’s useful to have a big picture view of what it is we’ll be integrating. This is the diagram we’ve been using to help visualize the integration:

As you can see, we’ve organized the diagram into rows. The lowest row is the physical devices end-users own (BYOD) or use (corporate-owned or COPE – corporate-owned, personally enabled). These span various types of PCs to all sorts of mobile devices. Above that is all the various services and applications end-users access or consume, such as full virtual desktops, published applications (both through XenApp and now with Horizon 6, ThinApp, SaaS/web apps, and of course, mobile apps). The next row is Workspace Services, which consists of common services that span applications and devices, such as a portal or app catalog, identity and authentication, files/data (EFSS – enterprise file sync and share and MCM – mobile content management), and social. Finally there is the management layer, where the desktop and mobile worlds are managed and configured.

While there is a separation between desktop and mobile today, there are many common sets of functionalities between the two. Indeed, many of the integration points should be obvious visually from just looking at the above diagram. So how will we bridge the divide? The key here is to focus on use cases.

End-Users

Let’s start with end-users. End-users want a no-compromise and consistent experience on the device of their choice. Thus they should have one place to go regardless of device to get access to their apps and data – i.e. one user portal. VMware Workspace provides a strong basis for this today, as it supports all desktop and SaaS apps. We could easily integrate in mobile apps:

Of course, it’s not just tying the app catalogs together, it’s about enabling a single identity and single sign-on across desktop and mobile. Users also expect their files to be synced seamlessly across all their devices and want one place to go to access all their files. AirWatch Secure Content Locker (SCL) is already that central access point, as it enables device connectivity to corporate datastores on Sharepoint and CIFS in addition to cloud services like OneDrive and Google Drive. So we have the opportunity to create a common data solution by integrating Horizon Data capabilities deeply into SCL for a seamless user experience.

Finally, social is changing from just being a place you go into a property of things. Today Socialcast is a website (with a corresponding mobile app) where users go to collaborate. But social should also be embedded in everything users access: their app portal, their files/data, their devices. For instance, an example integration is Socialcast and SCL. Today in Socialcast, users can attach files to conversations. With SCL, users can include comments on files. But the two aren’t connected. By connecting Socialcast and SCL, we could cross-reference the social network and the file/data network. This would allow users and the enterprise to have a much better understanding about relationships between people and data, leading to useful insights. Very powerful stuff!

How does this benefit end-users? First, users can have the same set of applications available to them irrespective of device. The portal and app catalog can be available both on desktop and on mobile, and users could be able to easily launch the apps of their choice. And the app launch could be context sensitive. For instance, if the user wants to run Workday and is on a desktop, then the Workday SaaS app would pop up in a browser, already logged in and ready to go. If the user is on an iOS device, the app launcher will know that and run the Workday iOS app. Again, a seamless experience for the user.

Second, users can switch easily between devices. Think of it like Netflix: you start watching a movie on your TV at home, pause it halfway through, and then at some point later you pick up your tablet and you can start right where you left off. Our unified solution could offer the same experience, but for a user’s apps, data, and content. A user can start working on a tablet, realize a physical keyboard might be easier for the task, and switch to a laptop and start right where she left off. This is extremely powerful and would be a boon for end-users.

Third, we have the opportunity to thread social through all of this. Users can know who’s been accessing files they’ve shared or who’s been collaborating on a given file. This would make it much easier to know who to work with on a given issue, as the information is all there and readily available.

In the end, we’re trying to create a seamless experience for end-users: they can use the device of their choice without compromise, switch between devices without missing a beat, and enhance the way they collaborate. We think this is a huge win for end-users!

Admins

What about admins? In the end they want a simple way to secure and manage devices. Every customer we’ve talked to that’s used AirWatch loves the simplicity of the admin UI and of the mobility management paradigm in general.

With mobility, admins deal with three things: users, policies (which are sometimes device-specific), and apps/content. There’s no complex scripting needed; instead it’s just a simple admin UI where they can check the boxes for options they want and map users to policies to apps/content. It’s that simple.

Contrast that with desktop, where the tools today are still somewhat archaic. This is primarily due to the Windows OS, where applications are not locked down at all by default (say, compared to iOS) and where applications can interfere with each other (e.g. through clashing DLLs, registry settings, etc). This forces a full image management model, where instead of talking about apps and content, we talk about images instead (which mash together apps, content, and even policy) – really a bit of a hairball. The result is something that’s much harder to manage than mobile. So the goal should be to simplify desktop management and align it with the mobility management paradigm. In order to do that, there are two primary enabling technologies: layering and user-environment management.

Layering is a technique for digging into Windows and splitting up a Windows image into “layers” that comprise logical sets of functionality, such as an application, the base Windows OS, and user data, that are isolated and can easily be inserted and removed – a giant step toward untangling the hairball! User environment management (UEM) refers to management of the Windows user persona and security and capabilities of the Windows OS. This both enhances security and improves Windows manageability by enabling finer-grained policy controls, similar to what mobile OSes have.

How does all this fit together? Let’s take an example we’re hearing about frequently from customers today: employees wanting to bring in their own laptops (PC or Mac) and get the full suite of IT services on those laptops. IT wants a secure, controlled environment, but the user doesn’t want IT to take complete control of their personal device. Sounds a lot like the problems with mobile devices, right? The solution for desktop is to leverage a local type 2 hypervisor provided by VMware Player Plus or VMware Fusion Professional to run a locked down, secure desktop VM provided and maintained by IT. The opportunity is to seamlessly manage that VM using layering provided by VMware Mirage and administer it in AirWatch, just like any mobile device. This solution strongly resonates with customers, as they see the possibility of dramatically simplifying BYO desktop management.

This is just one example, but the potential for applying the mobility management paradigm to desktop is huge. This would greatly simplify administration of all devices, since now a device is just a device and IT can focus on users, policies, and apps/content. A win-win for everybody!

Bringing It Together

Based on the above, we can take another look at our architecture diagram with the proposed integrations in place:

As you can see, we can integrate all the different pieces from Workspace Services to create a truly seamless and immersive experience for end-users regardless of the device they choose to use. For admins, layering and UEM can enhance the manageability of desktops, allowing them to manage desktops in the same simple way they manage mobile devices today, enabling a unified management paradigm. We think these integrations would be a huge win for admins and end-users alike.

Of course this is not an exhaustive list of every integration we’re thinking about, but hopefully this gives you a big picture view of how these two best-of-breed pieces could come together to create a unified solution. As I said at the beginning, integrations are a journey, both for us and our customers. But results will start emerging quickly – expect to hear a lot more at VMworld. We’re really excited about the opportunity here and hope you are too. What are your thoughts on these technology integration plans? Will your organization be able to benefit from our mobile unified solution? Please share your feedback below.

Why Your Organization Needs a Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Plan

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Apr 302014
 
Businesses know they need to back up their data, their workloads and their applications in the event that disaster strikes. Downtime of business-critical applications or data loss could cause a major disruption for organizations caught without a comprehensive disaster recovery (DR) plan in place. In fact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration,approximately 25% of […]]> Businesses know they need to back up their data, their workloads and their applications in the event that disaster strikes. Downtime of business-critical applications or data loss could cause a major disruption for organizations caught without a comprehensive disaster recovery (DR) plan in place. In fact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration,approximately 25% of businesses that are affected by a disaster fail to reopen.

Organizations don’t need to wait for a disaster to strike to start thinking about disaster readiness. As recent natural disasters have taught us, such as Hurricane Sandy or the Fukushima earthquake, catastrophes can strike with barely a moment’s notice, and having a workable, well-thought-out disaster recovery plan is crucial to help a business get back on its feet and recover quickly following a disaster.

Today, pretty much every organization makes backups, typically every 24 hours or more. In a disaster, that means hours or days of data can be lost, and it takes hours or days to restore everything from backups. Disaster recovery protection (continuous replication) offers a much higher level of protection, allowing an organization to set a recovery point measured in minutes or hours, and the organization can quickly restart applications rather than having to restore them from different storage. Yet many small-to-mid sized businesses simply don’t do DR at all because implementing DR has been either too complicated, too expensive or both.

DR services have sprung up to address the complexity challenge, but in almost all cases they don’t make it any simpler – they just transfer the complexity to a managed services team, who manually manage the DR on a customer’s behalf. As a result, these services remain relatively expensive because the complexity is still there, and the customer is being billed for people time as well as the cost of the infrastructure.

We think there’s plenty of room to make DR faster, cheaper and simpler for everyone by applying the tenets of large-scale, standardized hybrid cloud computing to the problem. The cloud is changing how IT organizations operate, and disaster recovery should not be an exception.

To learn more about vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery

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Join Wendy Salle in VMware’s Front Row Seats to What’s Next

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Apr 302014
 
VMware could not have become what it is today without its people. Employees at VMware are our company’s biggest assets because they work together to enhance people’s careers and lives while driving what’s next in information technology. Connect with Wendy, VMware Staffing Manger for the Software-Defined Data Center Suite and End-User Computing business units, and […]]> VMware could not have become what it is today without its people. Employees at VMware are our company’s biggest assets because they work together to enhance people’s careers and lives while driving what’s next in information technology. Connect with Wendy, VMware Staffing Manger for the Software-Defined Data Center Suite and End-User Computing business units, and see how she is empowering growth at VMware by building meaningful relationships and collaborating with others.

Name: Wendy Salle

Role: Staffing Manager

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 9.5

 

In your current role as Staffing Manager, you help support the Product Engineering and Product Management/Marketing teams for the Software-Defined Data Center Suite and End-User Computing business units. How do you empower what’s next for these business units? What is meaningful about being a part of these game-changing innovations?

I feel so fortunate to work with smart, passionate, talented and fun people! I am able to help empower what’s next for the End-User Computingand Suite business units largely due to the dedicated partnership and collaboration between my recruiting team, the business leaders/teams, and our Finance and HR Business Partners. It truly is a collective effort. Hiring the right people is key to continuing our game-changing innovations and I am very committed and excited to be part of that process and help drive best practices and partner with the business. It is extremely meaningful to me to be part of this for two reasons: I’m able to help bring new people into teams and enhance their careers and lives, and I’m able to help our teams become stronger and more dynamic with every hire. VMware becomes a stronger company with every new hire because people are our biggest asset. The groups I support understand how challenging it is to hire in this current market of increased growth and competition. They are happy to bring me and my team into the fold so we not only understand their business mission and objectives, but also what products they are building and technologies they are using and how it fits into the VMware story. They get involved and partner with us.

You’ve been at VMware for almost a decade, which is very exciting! What has it been like to see VMware grow over the years?

It has been incredibly exciting to see VMwaregrow over the past decade! When I started, there were 800 employees. I feel like I have had a front row seat in this journey and have made long-lasting friendships and business relationships along the way. I was here for our first-ever VMworld and to see what it has become today is mind-blowing. I have learned so much about our technology – our productsand solutions positively impact the lives of millions of people and it makes me proud to work with the people who create that. It is very inspirational. I was hired for a 6-month recruiting contract and here I am today! This by far has been and continues to be the most interesting and cool place that I have ever worked!

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How has this evolution within the company shaped your role and how you get things done as One VMware?

When I joined,the Staffing team was relatively small and I was part of creating many of our processes. In the recruiting world, getting things done quickly and efficiently (with a sense of urgency) is key. My role has evolved from Candidate Development Recruiter to Lead Recruiter and now Staffing Manager. The way in which we get things done has evolved and our processes have become more streamlined, which leads to better production and more hires. There is a lot of thought and strategy that goes into how our recruiting organization operates and I remain very involved with those areas. Our entire Human Resources team cares deeply about getting things done as One VMware, and I see firsthand the programs and teams that have been put together to meet that goal.

Building meaningful relationships is an important value for you. Share how this has influenced your professional journey.

I am a “relationship recruiter”, meaning that I believe a successful and productive recruiter starts with their ability to build and sustain long lasting relationships with people – prospects, candidates, hiring managers, teams, etc. As a recruiter, our mission is to help people see the value in having a conversation with us and from there great things can happen. In order to be successful, you must be trustworthy, credible, respectful, and want to learn about the business you support. My work style has helped me be successful in my professional journey at VMware because I immerse myself in the business units that I support and truly care about them. The teams are very receptive and are always there to provide enormous amounts of information that help us articulate the value proposition of working at VMware. I love what I do and I think people see that and gravitate towards that. The best feeling is when I see the people I’ve helped hire have long and happy careers here!

Share any inspiring advice you might have for professionals who are looking to grow and make a meaningful impact in the technology industry.

I have learned that one’s sincere passion, excitement, curiosity, tenacity, and desire to learn new things are among the most important things one should convey during the interview process. VMware is a place where people learn a tremendous amount and acquire skills to hone their craft. You also add value with your own special skills and competencies that make a company better. I always advise candidates to be honest, communicative and ask questions - and to be yourself!

What are some core characteristics of people who are successful at VMware and how does it tie back to our cores values?

Our EPIC2 (Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, Community) valuesreally resonate with me. These values have always been at the core of VMware and I like that we articulate them. The people who I have seen succeed at VMware definitely have passion for what they do and they have a “make it happen” attitude. They get recognized for their work because they step up to challenges and are not afraid to try new things or to take on new projects. They work with integrity and are inclusive. VMware is a place where one has the chance to “rise to the occasion” and there is encouragement to do so. It is fantastic to see dedicated people take their careers to the next level – whether it’s in their current role or a new role – VMware is a place to be a rising star and I see it every day.

What is the most memorable VMware moment you’ve had at VMware? Why?

Really my most memorable moments are when the business units I support hit their milestones and releases and celebrate! I know how hard they work to cross the finish line and when they do, those are the happy moments I can share with them. We have grown by leaps and bounds since I joined and as I look back on each year, there have been so many incredible milestones that I have witnessed. It’s too hard to pick just one, but what stands out to me are the people who made them happen.

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Can Your Disaster Recovery Plan Bounce Back?

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Apr 292014
 
Over the past few years it seems that we have experienced no shortage of natural disasters, especially during this week of horrible tornadoes affecting Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana residents. In today’s world, having a disaster recovery solution in place can mean the difference between a business with a bright future, and one that closes up […]]>

Over the past few years it seems that we have experienced no shortage of natural disasters, especially during this week of horrible tornadoes affecting Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana residents. In today’s world, having a disaster recovery solution in place can mean the difference between a business with a bright future, and one that closes up shop.

Though today, it isn’t uncommon to find many small-to-medium-sized businesses that simply don’t implement Disaster Recovery at all because they believe it is either too complicated, too expensive or both. This may have been the case, but that was before VMware introduced the general availability of VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ – Disaster Recovery.

This DRaaS solution introduces native cloud-based disaster recovery capabilities for VMware vSphere virtual environments. It is simple to set up, and it provides a high level of self-service capabilities while requiring minimal configuration and user training, and is a fraction of the cost of traditional disaster recovery solutions. Built on VMware’s hypervisor-based replication engine, vSphere Replication, and new integration support with vCloud Hybrid Service, Disaster Recovery features include:

· Self-service disaster recovery protection for virtual machines

· Recovery point objectives (RPO) from 15 minutes to 24 hours

· Recovery time objectives (RTO) of four hours or less

· Automated failover testing, planned migrations and recovery

· Elastic cloud compute and storage capacity

· Support for offline data seeding

· Private leased line network option

· Flexible failover testing

This new disaster recovery service is ideal for customers who do not want to have to build and maintain tertiary disaster recovery sites. It’s also useful for organizations that want to protect more applications from data loss and downtime during a disaster, but cannot justify the cost and complexity of traditional Disaster Recovery.

Take a moment to learn more about VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ – Disaster Recovery by watching the video below.

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Can Your Disaster Recovery Plan Bounce Back?

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Apr 292014
 
Over the past few years it seems that we have experienced no shortage of natural disasters, especially during this week of horrible tornadoes affecting Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana residents. In today’s world, having a disaster recovery solution in place can mean the difference between a business with a bright future, and one that closes up […]]>

Over the past few years it seems that we have experienced no shortage of natural disasters, especially during this week of horrible tornadoes affecting Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana residents. In today’s world, having a disaster recovery solution in place can mean the difference between a business with a bright future, and one that closes up shop.

Though today, it isn’t uncommon to find many small-to-medium-sized businesses that simply don’t implement Disaster Recovery at all because they believe it is either too complicated, too expensive or both. This may have been the case, but that was before VMware introduced the general availability of VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ – Disaster Recovery.

This DRaaS solution introduces native cloud-based disaster recovery capabilities for VMware vSphere virtual environments. It is simple to set up, and it provides a high level of self-service capabilities while requiring minimal configuration and user training, and is a fraction of the cost of traditional disaster recovery solutions. Built on VMware’s hypervisor-based replication engine, vSphere Replication, and new integration support with vCloud Hybrid Service, Disaster Recovery features include:

· Self-service disaster recovery protection for virtual machines

· Recovery point objectives (RPO) from 15 minutes to 24 hours

· Recovery time objectives (RTO) of four hours or less

· Automated failover testing, planned migrations and recovery

· Elastic cloud compute and storage capacity

· Support for offline data seeding

· Private leased line network option

· Flexible failover testing

This new disaster recovery service is ideal for customers who do not want to have to build and maintain tertiary disaster recovery sites. It’s also useful for organizations that want to protect more applications from data loss and downtime during a disaster, but cannot justify the cost and complexity of traditional Disaster Recovery.

Take a moment to learn more about VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ – Disaster Recovery by watching the video below.

Differentiate your business with Hybrid Cloud service capabilities, disaster recovery and business continuity services.Learn more and get started today. As always, be sure to follow us around the web and leave your comments on Partner Link.

- The VMware Partner Network Team