VMware vCloud Air Now Available via MSPs

Virtualization giant VMware this week said that customers can now get its vCloud Air network delivered as a managed service.

First announced at the company’s Partner Exchange event in February, VMware notes that managed service providers have the expertise and ability to offer vCloud Air network access and support, allowing customers to focus on their business as opposed to managing their IT infrastructure.

VMware MSPs also will be able to take advantage of vCloud Air Advanced Network Services and Hybrid Network Services, as well as Direct Connect – a dedicated line to the data center – to provide high-speed networking services to their customers and help them to seamlessly and more securely extend their infrastructure to vCloud Air, Geoff Waters, vice president of VMware’s service provider channel, wrote in a blog.

vCloud Air enables enhanced security controls, routing, and network scaling capabilities in the cloud. VMware says those capabilities further enable MSPs to provide differentiated services to their customers.

Also new from the VMware camp is the EVO:RAIL vSphere loyalty program, which allows customers of vSphere – the company’s server virtualization platform – to apply their licenses to the purchase of EVO:RAIL appliances from one of nine qualified partners, which include industry giants such as Dell, EMC and HP.

The program is designed to let customers preserve their existing investments in VMware software, while reducing the overall cost of an EVO:RAIL appliance buy.

Customers with licenses obtained through Enterprise Licensing Agreements (ELAs), OEM partners, distribution, or other resale channels, are eligible for the program.

EVO:RAIL delivers what VMware calls a building-block approach to help customers more quickly adopt a software-defined data center. It features integrated compute, network, storage and management software, helping customers roll out and scale-out software-defined infrastructure services rapidly, and in a repeatable fashion.

General availability of the program varies depending on which EVO:RAIL partner a customer chooses.

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