VMware Offers vCloud Test-Drive with New Evaluation Service
August 15, 2012
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VMware announced the vCloud Service Evaluation, an online service for customers to test-drive a cloud built on the VMware vCloud platform.

The vCloud Service Evaluation will provide a quick and easy way for users to learn about the advantages of a vCloud through hands-on testing and experimentation.

It also will provide a simple way to see VMware vCloud Director software in action and prepare customers to make the journey to the public cloud through the world’s largest network of service providers.

“VMware and its vCloud service providers have created a broad ecosystem of cloud services to meet the needs of any business, and now we’re going to give customers an easy way to see the power of a vCloud for themselves,” said Mathew Lodge, VP, Cloud Services, VMware. “With the VMware vCloud Service Evaluation, customers will have a quick, simple and low-cost way to evaluate a vCloud so they can understand the value of working with a vCloud service provider and be prepared to make an informed decision on which public cloud best suits them.”

The vCloud Service Evaluation will be available online where customers can find vCloud service providers and learn about their capabilities and coverage. vCloud Service Evaluation customers will be able to register with a credit card and receive access within minutes to their own vCloud Director-based cloud environment. They can then deploy pre-built operating system and application templates and use vCloud Connector to move workloads from their private cloud or VMware vSphere environment. Once they are finished evaluating, customers can use vCloud Connector to easily migrate to a vCloud service provider for production vCloud services.

VMware will also be enhancing the vCloud online experience with new, interactive community capabilities to provide a platform for cloud consumers to ask questions and share experiences as well as to offer rich educational resources such as how-to guides to help with getting started in the public cloud.

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