Get the most out of your VMware cloud data centre

If you’ve recently signed up for a cloud data centre trial with us, and haven’t yet had your walk through with me (just get in touch to arrange that) here’s a series of posts from our archive that should help you to find your way around vCloud Director.

If you find yourself stuck, don’t forget we’re only a phone call (0808 222 2221 – press 3 for support, and you’ll be through to our support team) or email away. And if there’s anything you’d like to see included in a future cloud management post from me, I’d welcome your suggestions.

Tips #1

  • Set up different privileges for your organisations users
  • Subscribe and publish to external catalogs
  • Upload any file type to use in your cloud data centre

Tips #2

  • Deploy from a template item and configure virtual machines hardware settings to speed up deployment
  • Clone running vApps/VMs
  • Add CPU, memory, storage and NICs while a VM is powered on

Tips #3

  • Import and export vApps from your cloud data centre
  • Support for more browsers, including Google Chrome on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

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Archive posts

Cloud Data Centres and VMware vCloud Director tips #3

Busy getting up to speed with vCloud Director? Need a few pointers to help you on the way? Here’s another selection of tips for you, which should hopefully come in handy once you’re up and running with your Cloud Utilities Virtual Data Centre (VDC).

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Cloud Computing Perspectives 1: The Business Owner

Lots of the information we’ve seen about cloud computing concentrates on the technology behind it. This is great if you absolutely need an in-depth understanding of Distributed Resource Scheduling, but not so useful if you’re asking the “what’s in it for me?” question, and trying to make business decisions about your IT strategy.

Over the next few posts, we’ll take a step back from the technology and look at the bigger picture: what does cloud mean to the different people working within a business, and how does it help to address their everyday challenges? How does all of this come together to help you decide whether cloud is right for your business?

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Choosing Your Dedicated Server Provider: An Alternative 10-point Checklist (Part Three of Three)

The final part of our 10-point guide to choosing a server provider continues with further considerations around the way in which the service is delivered. You can download the full guide here (pdf).


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Choosing Your Dedicated Server Provider: An Alternative 10-point Checklist (Part Two of Three)

Welcome to the second part of our “digging deeper” alternative guide to choosing a dedicated server provider. This week, the focus is on the way in which a hosting service is delivered — where a provider can really add value. If you missed the first part, you can catch up here.


 

The Differentiation: Who and How

Increasingly, technical specification and pricing carries less significance when directly comparing hosting providers, if only for the fact that technology moves quickly and the same high performance hardware is
available to any provider if they wish to offer it. The key differentiation, and one which is often overlooked, is the way in which the service is delivered. Without effective customer service and an appropriate supporting technical infrastructure in place, a highly specified server will not deliver a great experience to your visitors, customers or users.

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Choosing Your Dedicated Server Provider: An Alternative 10-point Checklist (Part One of Three)

Yes, it’s another of those “how to choose your host” articles (the sighs are almost audible…) but please do read on, because we’ve approached this important question from a different angle. In the guide that follows, we’ll look less at the often discussed hardware and technology perspective, and focus instead on the questions that you really should be asking your prospective server host.

When entrusting this part of your business to a provider, there are two broad areas for consideration. First and most obviously, can the technical specification of your requirement be fulfilled? Second – and this is where due diligence really pays off – how is the service delivered?


 

The Basics: Meeting Your Technical Requirements

The most straightforward part of the selection process is to establish a shortlist of providers that offer the services to meet your basic requirements, so we’ll cover this first. It could be as simple as ticking boxes against the suitability of hardware to effectively support your planned activity, but it is also important to ensure that you will have the freedom and tools to work as you wish.

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