VMware announced vCloud Air for Disaster Recovery – UPDATED

VMware announced vCloud Hybrid Service for Disaster Recovery

Editor’s note: We updated this post to reflect VMware’s rebranding of vCloud Hybrid Service for Disaster Recovery, to VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery. Also, look to the bottom of this post for a link to register for our upcoming webinar on August 28th, 2014. In this webinar, our VMware experts reveal the VMworld 2014 announcements that will affect you most!

Organizations need to protect themselves from a disaster or service interruption. However, the reality is:

  • 24% of companies said they have experienced a full data disaster (Forrester)
  • 95% of companies of companies experienced a data outage in the past year (Ponemon Institute)
  • Average cost of downtime for a midsize company is $70,000 per hour (Gartner)
  • 70% of companies that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year. (PricewaterhouseCooper)

What can you do to ensure your virtual machines are protected? Here’s one great option. [Read more…]

VMware’s New NSX is Like ESX for the Network

VMware's New NSX is Like ESX for the Network

At VMworld 2013, VMware announced important updates to their flagship product line (see my post Top 10 Most Important Features of vSphere for more info). A major part of the VMworld keynotes were dedicated to the new VMware NSX. I didn’t cover NSX in my vSphere feature or in my vCloud editions post because NSX is not a part of either of those. So what is the new VMware NSX and how can it help you? Let’s find out.

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3 Tips to Prepare for IBRs and Licensing Updates

VMworld Blog Series Part 1: Top 3 Tips to Prep for Licensing Updates

VMworld always approaches fast and VMware releases new products and versions of their offerings. In 2012, they announced a $1 Upgrade to their vCloud Suite from certain versions of vSphere. This offer was only available to customers that were current with their support and service. So the question is, are you ready for whatever offer may be around the corner?

To make sure you’re well-positioned to take advantage of all the announcements coming out of VMworld, the Softchoice team is offering a Free Installed Base Report (IBR) Assessment of your current VMware environment, an annual webinar series, and three tips below to prepare you for your IBR.

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