Self-Service: Not just for customers

When AirVM was just an IaaS provider, we tried to develop tools that would help our customers to access and purchase services without any help. Our original automated provisioning system from 2009-2010 turned out to be so easy to use, our customers almost never interacted with us at all! Not so [...]

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The Limits of Automation

Humans have been trying to automate what they do for as long as there have been humans. Since the Industrial Revolution the pace and extent of this behaviour has been increasing exponentially, and we now have factories around the world producing goods around the clock with hardly any human [...]

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Cloud Management Challenges: Staffing

As the cloud management industry matures, one of the biggest and continuous challenges of running any company remains: Hiring qualified staff. Even as more people move to hybrid and public cloud solutions, companies offering cloud services are struggling to find qualified experts who can [...]

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I want my TTM…

Calculating Return-on-Investment for Cloud Services in 2017 is about as effective as programming on punch cards. Our industry moves at such a breakneck pace, cloud services can easily be obsolete before they ever make it to market. The best way to succeed in our space, is to be faster to market [...]

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The Human Side of Cloud Management

In just over a decade, the concept of cloud computing has gone from theory to practice for the majority of enterprise workloads. The sophistication and features of today’s cloud platforms might have seemed like Science Fiction in the previous decade, we still are a long way from solving [...]

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The Hidden Advantages of AirSembly – Part 2

In our last post, we talked about the cost savings that our platform can bring to the table. In addition to reduced costs, AirSembly has many ways of generating additional revenue for your business. In the second of a two-part series, we want to cover the hidden revenue opportunities of the [...]

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The Hidden Advantages of AirSembly – Part 1

There are a number of soft costs and some real revenue opportunities that can easily outpace just about any AirSembly costs you could accrue. If you are considering a cloud management platform for your business, it is important to consider all the ways it can benefit your business. In the first [...]

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Common Use Cases for AirSembly

Not sure if AirSembly is the platform for your cloud business? We have detailed three of the most common use cases on our website. Here are three of the most common business scenarios we handle: White Glove Account Do you do everything for your clients? Do you need to track usage and bill [...]

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AirSembly 2.4 Updates

In the past few months since our last major update, AirSembly has seen significant improvements to stability and feature set. Our team continues to add new functions to AirSembly while aggressively fixing bugs and addressing known issues. Over the past few weeks we have put one major release [...]

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Welcome to AirVM…Let’s Get Started!

When you sign a new customer for your cloud services business, your first concern is to provide them with a smooth transition to your cloud. It helps them get comfortable with the cloud and it also strengthens your business relationship. A successful onboarding, along with ongoing service and [...]

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AirSembly Delivers Simplicity for Fundaments

Netherlands-based Fundaments believes the perfect cloud can be built for everyone. They provide customers the “building blocks” for IaaS in the cloud, and then let them create a customized cloud to meet individual requirements. AirVM and Fundaments are long-time partners, and we [...]

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Simplify the Cloud For Your Customers

The value of a product or service is often tied to efficiency, cost savings or revenue. These are at the heart of every business, so it makes sense that they stand as the main drivers of value. The cloud offers enterprises the potential to hit all of these drivers, which is why the migration to [...]

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Enable Web Signups for Your Cloud Services

We often talk about go to market flexibility with AirSembly – usually when discussing the choice to sell direct or through the channel. However, the flexibility offered by the platform extends further into the sales process. One of the AirSembly features that has proven popular with our [...]

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Event Recap – Hosting Community Day

  On March 31st AirVM was pleased to co-sponsor a Hosting Community Day, hosted by Insight Netherlands and held at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.  AirVM joined VMware, ITQ, and of course Insight to welcome over 40 vCloud Air Network service provider partners. There [...]

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The XaaS Opportunity for Cloud Service Providers

You may already know that AirSembly offers cloud providers the ability to sell their own products and services in the same marketplace as their VMware offerings. We call this our XaaS, or anything-as-a-service feature. In AirSembly an XaaS product can be any type of non-VM product – [...]

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WHD.global 2016 Recap

Last week the AirVM team travelled to Europa Park in Rust, Germany to attend World Hosting Days, also known as WHD.global. This was our first time as a gold sponsor for the event, so we were eager to see what the week would hold. As a co-sponsor with VMware, we shared a booth at the Hosting [...]

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Channel or Direct?

From the moment cloud service providers launch their business, they seek to build a strong and loyal customer base as their main source of revenue. There is no business without customers and the revenue they generate, so providers must have a strategy for winning and retaining customers. Though [...]

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Simplify Billing for Cloud Services

Cloud service providers who have come to us looking for a cloud management platform are often looking to become more efficient in delivering cloud services. Reducing the complexity of billing for products and services is one of their biggest challenges. The logistics of collecting consumption [...]

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AirVM at WHD.global

  WHD.global takes place March 15-17 at Europa Park in Rust, Germany. We’re happy to announce that AirVM will be there as gold sponsor. For those not familiar with WHD.global, over the last twelve years it has become one of the premiere events for the hosting and cloud services [...]

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Alleviate Lack of Control Concerns for Clients

For many clients the cloud still presents some unknowns. Cloud service providers work diligently to dispel the concerns associated with the cloud, but it’s not always an easy task. One of the biggest of these concerns revolves around lack of control, which has a couple of key aspects to [...]

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AirSembly 2.1 is Now Available

  When we refer to our customers at AirVM, we use the word partner.  It speaks more directly to how we approach what we do, and it reminds us that we are invested in the success of our service provider partners. Continuing to evolve AirSembly is a big part of that partnership, and we often [...]

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A Look Back at 2015

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable holiday season. For our first blog post of 2016 it seems fitting to reflect back on the year that was here at AirVM. We had our share of milestones, and while we’re proud of all that we accomplished, we are focused and excited [...]

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Cloud Providers and the DIY Business Model

  In a recent post we talked about the popularity of the white glove service business model.  There are of course many ways to run a cloud business, and there is another model emerging that at first glance appears to be on the opposite end of the service spectrum, but in practice it is [...]

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Deliver White Glove Service With AirSembly

Our service provider partners, while all somewhat unique in their individual business models, also share many similarities. Offering of white glove service to customers is easily the most common of those. Excellent customer service can be a big contributor to success, but there are also [...]

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How to Brand and Customize AirSembly 2.0

One of AirSembly’s most important, and most popular features is the white-labelled UI. The ability to brand and customize AirSembly allows cloud providers (and their channel partners) to seamlessly integrate the software into their cloud business. With the new and improved features for [...]

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Automation and Provisioning in AirSembly

In recent blog posts we’ve reviewed AirSembly’s marketplace storefront, and its billing and chargeback capabilities. Today we’d like to focus on automation and provisioning – the third and final core component of AirSembly. Automation and provisioning completes the sales [...]

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Billing and Chargeback in AirSembly

In last week’s post we looked at the first of AirSembly’s three main components – the marketplace storefront. Designed to help you sell your VMware cloud services, and any additional services you offer, the marketplace storefront offers the flexibility to sell the products and [...]

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The AirSembly Marketplace Storefront

AirSembly consists of three core components – a marketplace storefront, billing and chargeback, and automation and provisioning. Together they help cloud service providers resell their cloud, manage their business, and deliver outstanding service to customers, all from one single pane of [...]

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Responsive Design and AirSembly 2.0

You may not have the definition of responsive design (or responsive web design) on the tip of your tongue, but you’ve certainly experienced its benefits when viewing an email or website on your smartphone. Responsive web design is defined as “crafting sites to provide an optimal [...]

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VMworld 2015 – A look back at Barcelona

  The AirVM team is back from Barcelona!  We had a fantastic week, as both VMworld attendees and the city itself left a lasting impression on us.  What better way to sum up our week than with some pictures? AirVM Welcome Reception     You can’t go wrong when you start off [...]

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One week until VMworld Barcelona!

  The AirVM team arrives in Barcelona in one week, and that makes this week a busy one!  We have a lot to show VMworld attendees, including the latest updates to AirSembly, and we’ll have some fun too! We love welcoming new partners! In the weeks leading up to the [...]

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Looking Ahead to VMworld Barcelona

In just over two weeks the AirVM team will be off to the next edition of VMworld 2015.  We enjoyed our time in San Francisco, and are looking forward to an equally successful conference in Barcelona. Join us in the Solutions Exchange AirVM is a silver sponsor, and you’ll find us at booth [...]

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VMworld 2015 San Francisco wrap up!

What an amazing week for the AirVM team at VMworld 2015 San Francisco!  Summing up all the good stuff from this week would mean a LONG post, but fortunately we have a lot of pictures to help us tell the story. Here are a few of our favorites from the week that was. AirVM Featured […]

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It’s a BIG news day at AirVM!

AirVM issued three press releases this morning, just days before our arrival in San Francisco for VMworld 2015. As our Founder Joshua Vautour said when addressing the company yesterday, these announcements are the direct result of the hard work and dedication of everyone at AirVM. We took time [...]

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VMworld San Francisco – 1 Week to Go!

Our AirVM team leaves for VMworld 2015 in San Francisco in just over one week. The conference starts August 30th, and we’re checking our list twice before leaving for the Golden Gate City. We’re saving the announcements for show time, BUT we think today is a good day to offer you a teaser [...]

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VMWorld 2015 – Two Weeks to Go!

  The AirVM offices are usually a flurry of activity, but in the weeks leading up to VMworld 2015 in San Francisco it’s been on another level altogether. The conference kicks off on August 30th and everyone in the company has contributed to the effort to get us ready. This is a [...]

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Reducing Time to Revenue with AirSembly

In previous blog posts we’ve touched on the overall benefits of our cloud management platform, AirSembly. No matter which features and benefits capture your attention, the platform only succeeds if it positively impact your revenues – both top line (increased revenue) and bottom [...]

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Company Update – Halfway through 2015!

The first half of 2015 is over! The days and weeks seem to pass quickly here, so before we get too far into the second half of the year we wanted to share some AirVM highlights from the first six months. “Welcome to AirVM” This was an often-heard phrase in the first half of the [...]

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Working with Product Blueprints in AirSembly

AirSembly is known as a portal for cloud providers seeking to unlock the features in vCloud Director and vCenter; but customers are also finding out it’s an entire platform designed to help them expand their cloud business. The software offers a great deal of flexibility to support [...]

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How to Brand and Customize AirSembly

One of the most popular features of AirSembly is our white-labelled experience, offering you the ability to customize and brand the UI. You can add a custom header, footer, and use as much CSS as you wish in order to change the look of your UI. With a working knowledge of HTML and CSS, you can [...]

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The Single Pane of Glass for Cloud Services

  “Single pane of glass” is a term we hear often in our industry; in fact TechTarget recently featured the term as its word of the day. They define it as “a management console that integrates data from multiple sources into a unified display.” The glass in this case is a computer monitor [...]

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Planning to Resell vCloud Air?

VMware recently announced that Managed Service Providers can now resell vCloud Air. This gives cloud providers an opportunity to unlock additional enterprise workloads and increase revenue by offering vCloud Air to customers. If you are considering vCloud Air for your product line, and you sell [...]

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Accelerate Sales of Your Cloud Services

As a cloud provider you have a very real opportunity to generate revenue by helping businesses transition to the cloud and away from traditional on-premise models. In fact, the global Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market will post a CAGR of 43% from 2015-2019 according to ReportsnReports. [...]

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Hello and welcome!

Welcome to our new AirVM blog!  Here is where you’ll find AirSembly product news, how-to articles, and our thoughts on the cloud services market in general. AirVM is the only cloud platform capable of supporting all aspects of cloud business sold through multi-tier distribution, as well as [...]

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