MSP Today Expert Feature
August 25, 2014

VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service Rebranded to 'vCloud Air'

The move to hybrid cloud is increasingly becoming part of the enterprise infrastructure, and according to Gartner (News - Alert), by 2017 half of all large enterprises will have hybrid deployments. The migration to this platform is taking place because hybrid combines public (external) and private (internal) cloud services so the best of on- and off-site solutions can be applied. Since migrating the entire IT operation to a public cloud has some security risks, enterprises can keep their sensitive data on the private side and use the public cloud to run applications. As one of the largest cloud solutions provider in the world, VMware has announced the VMware vCloud Air Network to deliver more options and flexibility for organizations looking to maximize hybrid cloud deployments.

The announcement of the new options comes as the company rebrands vCloud Hybrid Service to VMware vCloud Air, which according to the company will represent an evolution and expansion of its VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP).

The company is adding more value added as a service solutions, including Infrastructure as a Service, Desktop as a Service, Disaster Recovery as a Service, and more to customers that are on VMwares hybrid cloud platform. Services that will be part of the as a service solutions the company offers will have the "Air" brand suffix from this point forward.

As it was previously known, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service was launched in 2013 and has been very effective in expanding the hybrid cloud platform globally. It is now available in eight data centers in the U.S., U.K. and Japan delivering services in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The VMware vCloud Air Network is going to provide more service flexibility and options for global cloud services with the choice of local cloud service providers from either VMware vCloud Air or from the ecosystem of VMware vCloud Air Network Service Provider partners. vCloud Air is available in three service offerings: Disaster Recovery, Dedicated Cloud and the Virtual Private Cloud.

"Our customers can focus their resources on growing their business, knowing that by using VMware vCloud Air or one of our vCloud Air Network partners, their IT team can seamlessly and securely extend their data centers and applications to the cloud," said Bill Fathers, executive vice president and general manager of the hybrid cloud services business unit at VMware.

Edited by Alisen Downey