In a move considered a precursor to a full-fledged cloud computing play, SpringSource announced a partnership with VMware to help virtualize its Spring software. The arrangement includes integration between SpringSource Tool Suite, an Eclipse-powered development environment for building enterprise applications using the Spring Portfolio, and VMware Workstation to enable the dynamic creation of virtual machines on the developer's desktop.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- SpringSource has announced a strategic
partnership with VMware aimed at helping enterprises to develop and
deploy Spring applications to virtualized environments.
SpringSource announced the news of the partnership at its annual developer conference, SpringOne Americas 2008, here.
The collaboration with VMware, a SpringSource Certified Solutions
Partner, includes integration between SpringSource Tool Suite, an
Eclipse-powered development environment for building enterprise
applications using the Spring Portfolio, and VMware Workstation to
enable the dynamic creation of virtual machines on the developer's
desktop, said Rod Johnson, CEO of SpringSource.
"VMware and SpringSource are the global leaders in their respective
and complementary technology categories," said Johnson. "The
partnership between SpringSource and VMware brings two of the largest
enterprise Java solutions, Spring and Apache Tomcat, together with the
value that virtualization enables when developing, testing, staging or
running Java applications, whether on the desktop or in the data
Added Johnson: "Essentially, we're announcing that we're going to be
working with VMware to make available VMware images of our software -
SpringSource tc Server and SpringSource dm Server, and provide
integration with [VMware] ESX, which would be more of a data center
In addition, SpringSource officials said this move is a likely
precursor to further collaboration between the two companies that could
take SpringSource further into the cloud computing environment.
"This will enable SpringSource to take full advantage of the technology VMware brings to the data center," Johnson said.
Indeed, SpringSource's modular dm Server is quite amenable to cloud deployment, SpringSource officials said.
Johnson further explained that the collaboration with VMware
includes joint development of two open source application server
virtual images, the SpringSource tc Server and dm Server virtual
images, enabling the portability of enterprise Java applications across
desktop and data center virtualization environments. SpringSource
dm Server is a completely modular, Open Services Gateway Initiative
(OSGi) based Java server designed to run enterprise Java applications
and Spring-powered applications with a new degree of flexibility and
reliability, the company said. SpringSource tc Server is the enterprise
version of Apache Tomcat, the most widely used Java application server,
hardened for enterprise use and coupled with mission-critical
operational capabilities and support that systems administrators
require, he said. All of these initiatives will be part of a
future announcement between VMware and SpringSource around VMware's
vCloud, he confirmed.
Meanwhile, SpringSource Tool Suite integration with VMware
Workstation will enable development and QA professionals to specify
virtual server configurations for different development and test
scenarios, said Christian Dupuis, a senior software engineer at
SpringSource who leads the company's tooling efforts. These virtual
appliances allow developers to select a variety of build targets with
different operating systems and application server configurations
without needing additional physical hardware. Virtual appliance
configuration, deployment and debugging are integrated with the
SpringSource Tool Suite and ready to use virtual images are provided
for dm Server, tc Server and Apache Tomcat, he said.
In a presentation at the SpringOne conference, Richard McDougall, a
principal engineer in the Office of the CTO at VMware asked: "Why
virtualize Java apps?" His multi-tiered response included: "To solve
the multi-core scaling issue; to provide a standard -virtual-compute'
block approach to distributed applications; to unbind clustered grids
from the -single OS version' at a time issue and use cluster striping
or enabling the mixing of workloads across a cluster; and to enable
rapid deployment - to provision and activate on the fly, and easily
enable scale-out traffic managed architectures."
Moreover, VMware Workstation is the "gold standard" desktop
virtualization software product for developers, testers, IT
administrators and other technical professionals, SpringSource's
The first SpringSource/VMware commercial offerings will be available in January 2009.