vCloud Air OnDemand
vCloud Air OnDemand takes that a step further and competes directly with Amazon's compute on demand offering: you can pay by the hour or by the month. This is really targeted toward customers who have sporadic cloud computing needs. Perhaps you have a new product release and you need to ramp up 15 additional web servers, but you don't want to buy new hardware because you won't need it after the initial wave of hits. Boom.
Or perhaps you are a software company and you are developing your latest application. You need to collaborate on it with others, and a dedicated test environment for development, but you don't want to have to become server, storage, and VMware experts. Boom.
Create one or more data centers, whatever you want! Add public IP addresses, storage—accelerated or otherwise—and other resources dynamically, whenever you need to. Very, very easy.
One key differentiator that is pictured right is the measuring of resources not by virtual CPU, but by GHz. Personally, I found this much more preferable to other offerings because I could make more of my resources. Since 1 vCPU is the lowest setting you can go, you have to have a full CPU with many other Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings. vCloud Air OnDemand can, however, save you processing costs by enabling you to set very low limits in terms of GHz, rather than number for virtual CPUs.
Integration with vCloud Air Existing Offerings
VMware vCloud Air OnDemand is fully integrated with existing vCloud Air services. That is, you might already have a monthly or annual subscription to the Virtual Private Cloud or the Dedicated Cloud. If so, you are already familiar with this interface, and an OnDemand service offering is easily added to your account portal, as shown below.
Almost all industry and manufacturing experts agree: for most companies, a cloud solution will be "hybrid" of some sort; that is, they will consider moving some things into the cloud, but not everything, and vice versa.
Hence the problem: how do I move data into the cloud but still maintain sovereign control over that data? Can I move it back on-premise at any point, and if so, how?
Enter vCloud Connector. vCloud Connector allows you to migrate a machine (offline) via your WAN into either a traditional vCloud Air Subscription . . . or into the new OnDemand service! That gives me tons of flexibility.
vCloud Connector is a plugin for vCenter that enables the aggregate of management of multiple clouds (private, public, service-provided, etc.) within a single interface.
Straight away from the main screen, you can easily adjust the primary resources of a virtual machine (secondary resources require a trip to vCloud Director).
One reason to consider vCloud Air OnDemand over competitors' offerings is its intuitive resource monitoring. I found it very easy to know how much I had spent and how much different configurations would cost me if I changed them.
Overall, I am very excited about this offering. Give it whirl! You can sign up for vCloud Air OnDemand through my link and receive a $300 credit good for your first 90 days of use! Enjoy!