Feb 23, 2015

What is vCloud Air?

03/21/2015
vCloud® Air is a public cloud platform built on the trusted foundation of vSphere, compatible with your on-premises data center, that includes infrastructure, disaster recovery, and various applications as service offerings. vCloud Air allows you to extend your workloads into the cloud with ease. You can migrate existing onsite virtual machines (VMs) to the public cloud or start up new application VMs directly in the cloud. You can also easily port VMs and other business-critical workloads back and forth to the location of your choice, all with the secure and capable foundation of vSphere.
02/25/2015
The VMware site has details about vCloud Air.

http://vcloud.vmware.com/explore-vcloud-air/what-is-vcloud-air

"vCloud® Air is a public cloud platform built on the trusted foundation of vSphere, compatible with your on-premises data center, that includes infrastructure, disaster recovery, and various applications as service offerings. vCloud Air allows you to extend your workloads into the cloud with ease. You can migrate existing onsite virtual machines (VMs) to the public cloud or start up new application VMs directly in the cloud. You can also easily port VMs and other business-critical workloads back and forth to the location of your choice, all with the secure and capable foundation of vSphere.

When you're running infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) applications, price and performance matter. A low-cost cloud service isn't useful if it's not powerful enough to run your apps with the performance you need. VMware commissioned benchmarking tests performed by Principled Technologies, who determined that vCloud Air delivers twice the compute power of Microsoft Azure and three times the storage performance of Amazon AWS. "
02/24/2015
This is VMware’s IaaS public cloud offering, that was called vCloud Hybrid Service. VMware hosts its cloud in 12 data centers around the world, and uses its own vSphere technology that you probably are familiar with if you have used any of its products over the years. Like other cloud providers, you can run a variety of Linux and Windows servers. Unlike others, you can quickly migrate your existing VMware VMs from local to cloud servers. There are nearly 2000 different pre-build virtual appliances, trading on VMware’s ubiquity and popularity.

VMware has a variety of tools that can help migrate your VMs from a local vSphere repository to their cloud, including an off-line transfer service similar to what AWS and Azure offer. And they have a wide variety of cloud offerings too that are similar to what the other IaaS players have. You can start looking at its pricing here:
http://vcloud.vmware.com/service-offering/pricing-calculator
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