VMware vCloud Air Network: What it is and why it’s important

August 21, 2014 by Alicia Gaba

VMware recently announced the arrival of vCloud Air and the VMware® vCloud Air™ Network. Bluelock has been a VMware cloud partner since the inception of the VMware Service Provider Program and is delighted to be part of the Air Network launch as a Hybrid Cloud Powered service provider. Having been close to the various changes and strategy shifts that cloud has created for VMware, it’s exciting to see VMware making decisions like this to support to growing demand for cloud services as customers are evolving the way they think about the datacenter and their applications.

What is the vCloud Air Network?

The VMware® vCloud Air Network is an extension of vCloud Air and an evolution of the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP). The VMware vCloud Air Network consists of VMware vCloud Air and VMware’s global ecosystem of over 3,800 Service Providers across the globe. The providers come in all shapes, sizes and specialties: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Providers, Cloud Service Providers, Application Service Providers (ASPs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) Providers.

The concept of the “network” is really that VMware acknowledges that vCloud Air (formerly vCHS) purchased direct from VMware is a great fit for certain companies and workloads, but that in some cases, customers will want to go out to the partner community to address their specific needs whether it be for specific technology or app requirements, managed services, professional services or the like—much as customers have done for years with the vast community of VMware partners.

The vCloud Air Network enables services providers to sell vCloud Air directly and puts partners in control as a primary broker of services whether its vCloud Air or vCloud services provided by the partner. Partners can leverage their specific vertical market specialties, compliance certifications, managed services and application services to support customers’ migration to the cloud.

What does this mean to VMware customers?

The announcement of the vCloud Air Network means that you have choices…lots of choices. VMware has new competencies and provider tiers and we’ll continue to see more of those roll out in the future.

When it comes to cloud hosting you’ll have two choices of partner types:

  • IaaS Powered: Authorized, contractual member of the vCloud Network Hosted Infrastructure powered by vSphere. Providers have VMware-based hosting compliant with vSphere.
  • Hybrid Cloud Powered: Technically validated multi-tenant infrastructure-as-a-service utilizing vSphere, vCenter and vCloud Director. Provider offers open APIs and OVF for bi-directional workload movement.

There will be options for disaster recovery, application services like platform-as-a-service and database-as-a-service as well as end-user computing services like desktop-as-a-service and mobile-backend-as-a-service. You can learn more about VMware’s various partners here: http://vcloudproviders.vmware.com/.

Bluelock provides managed cloud solutions tailored towards small IT infrastructure teams in charge of high potential, high risk workloads that want to focus on strategic projects for their business without needing to deal with complex day-to-day management of infrastructure. Our tools and processes were developed specifically with this in mind and our people are trained and excel at providing insight and service at a level that drives results for IT leaders with a small infrastructure group.