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VMware introduces vCloud Air Network

Cloud provider revamps partner scheme with badging system to identify architectures

VMware introduces vCloud Air Network

VMware, Inc today announced the launch of its vCloud Air Network as a means to "provide greater choice and flexibility to businesses looking to capitalise on the advantages of hybrid cloud".

VMware claims more than 3,800 service provider partners in more than 100 countries. The company lauded the vCloud Air Network as "an evolution and expansion of the company's VMware Service Provider Program".

The company also announced the rebranding of its VMware vCloud Hybrid Service to VMware vCloud Air.

"The name change underscores VMware's commitment to deliver value-added as-a-service solutions to customers on its hybrid cloud platform," the company said in a statement. Future as-a-service offerings from VMware will carry the "Air" brand suffix to align with this strategy, it added.

In the VMware vCloud Air Network, customers can use a partner-badging system to identify and select from VMware vCloud Air or VMware vCloud Air Network service providers. Service providers designated as "IaaS Powered" have clouds based on VMware vSphere as their foundational technology. Partners that are "Hybrid Cloud Powered" have validated their service using VMware vCloud Director to enable bi-directional workflow between the customer environment and the partner cloud. "Horizon DaaS Powered" partners have validated clouds to support Desktop-as-a-Service deployments.

"We continue to see tremendous momentum for VMware vCloud Air as more and more businesses look to capitalise on the undeniable operational and economic benefits of hybrid cloud," said Bill Fathers, executive vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit.

"The VMware vCloud Air Network represents another key element of our cloud strategy - enabling customer choice and flexibility to find the ideal, local cloud service based on industry-leading VMware technology. 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."

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