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VMware previews cloud-based customer lab at NEVMUG

VMware officials unveiled a new offering designed to help IT pros run proof-of-concepts in the cloud at yesterday’s well-attended New England VMware User Group Winter Warmer at Gillette Stadium.

The new program, called Virtual Customer Labs, will use the same underlying technologies as the Hands-on Labs at VMworld, according to a lunch session presented by Josh Liebster, a systems and sales engineer for VMware. It will allow users to test various VMware products “without having to worry about any Active Directory mishaps or storage being misconfigured.”

Technologies available on Virtual Customer Labs will include:

vCenter Operations Enterprise 1.0

  • 2-3 hosts with 2-3 vApps
  • custom application monitoring, dashboards, the ability to configure widgets and troubleshoot SmartAlerts

vCloud Director 1.5

  • One new vCloud Director installation, vCenter Orchestrator, vCenter Chargeback and vCloud Connector

SRM 5.0

  • 3 virtual data centers
  • A-B site — array-based replication, demos of failover and reprotect functions
  • A-0C site — vSphere Replication –demonstrates planned migrations

Users can only access the site through a service engineer request.

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