Part 4 – vCloud Air OnDemand – Use Cases & Thoughts

In Part 1 of the vCloud Air Series, I have covered how to get started. Part 2, covered how to get your first VM set-up with vCloud Air OnDemand and Part 3 covered how to make use of vCloud Connector to get your vCloud Air OnDemand environment connected with your local vSphere setup.

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Part 4 of the vCloud Air Series will be the last post in this series. Today, I want to cover some of the most common use cases for cloud solutions:

  • Flexible resources for peak-hours
    • If you have certain hours of the day where you need more resources to process data or run some application, often it is reasonable to consider services like VMware’s vCloud Air OnDemand service. With its integration in your local vSphere environment, it is an easy process to move applications into the cloud and add resources.
      The ROI for adding physical servers for certain peak hours is often much less than utilizing the flexibility of on-demand cloud environments.
  • DR solution
    • vCloud AirOnDemand provides perfect capabilities for disaster recoveries.
      • Scale up potential for local applications
      • vCloud Air Disaster Recovery is build on vSphere Replication and provides proper failover capabilities. Fail over to your cloud environment within minutes.
  • Test and development
    • QA and development can now test their applications in the cloud and avoid incpompatibilies due to the feature-rich integration with VMware vSphere.
    • Allow QA teams to run tests in production-like environments. You could clone your production environment and let them test it there while cutting your costs for traditional physical hardware.
    • Quickly scale-up your test and development infrastructure. vCloud Air allows you to quickly scale up your test infrastructure to achieve more accurate and accelerated test cycles.



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