VMware's new vFabric 5 combines the programming power of the Spring framework and introduces new flexible packaging and licensing.
announced vFabric 5
, an integrated application platform for
virtual and cloud environments.
vFabric 5 platform combines VMware's Spring development framework for Java with
the latest generation of vFabric application services to provide the core
application platform for building, deploying and running modern applications, Dave
McJannet, director of product marketing at VMware, told eWEEK.
More than 3
million developers use the Spring framework to build enterprise Java
applications. With vFabric 5, users can gain insight into the performance of
their Spring applications with the new Spring Insight Operations. Based on the
Spring Insight technology used by Spring developers today in development
environments, Spring Insight Operations extends this capability into production
environments, and in doing so, enables operations and development teams to collaborate
vFabric 5 introduces a flexible packaging and licensing model that allows enterprises
to purchase application-infrastructure software based on virtual machines,
rather than physical hardware CPUs, and to pay only for the licenses in use.
This model eliminates the need for organizations to purchase excess software in
anticipation of peak loads, incurring significant costs and allowing software
licenses to sit dormant outside of peak periods. The model in vFabric 5 more
closely aligns to cloud-computing models that directly link the cost of software
with the use, consumption and value delivered to the organization, VMware
licensing based on average virtual machines is the best way to go," McJannet
computing is reshaping not just how IT resources are consumed by the business,
but how those resources are purchased, licensed and delivered," Rod Johnson,
senior vice president of application-platform strategy at VMware, said in a
statement. "While application-infrastructure technologies have advanced to meet
the needs of today's enterprise, to date, the business models have remained
rigid and out-of-date. With the introduction of vFabric 5, VMware is
inextricably linking the cost of application-infrastructure software to the volume
utilized by the organization and the value delivered back to the business,
helping all organizations advance further toward a cloud environment."
said vFabric 5 is engineered specifically to take advantage of the server
architecture of VMware vSphere. "We continue to invest in making vFabric run
with vSphere," he said.
VMware officials said the new Elastic Memory for Java capability available in the
vFabric tc Server allows for optimal management of memory across Java
applications through the use of memory ballooning in the Java virtual machine.
This capability, in combination with vSphere enables greater application-server
density for Java workloads on vFabric, the company said.
integration of memory management across the infrastructure and application
platform layers is significant. By allowing for greater application-server
density, customers will be able to gain greater efficiencies," Maureen Fleming,
program vice president of IDC's business-process-management and middleware
research, said in a statement. "Another important area of efficiency critical
to enterprises is cost efficiency. Modernizing licensing to a VM unit of price
for virtualized and cloud-enabled application platforms aligns well with
licensed on a per-VM basis, rather than a traditional CPU-based license,
vFabric 5 enables enterprises to flexibly deploy different application-platform
components across different VMs in the data center. The new model enables
customers to pay only for those licenses in use and to scale volumes up and
down to meet peak use requirements, while only paying for their average usage.
Each licensed vFabric VM can run any combination or all of the software within
the vFabric 5 product family, eliminating licensing constraints that restrict
the shift of traditional application infrastructure into virtual and cloud
services in vFabric 5 include: vFabric tc
with Elastic Memory for Java,
an enterprise version of Apache Tomcat 7 optimized for Spring and
VMware vSphere; vFabric GemFire
, a memory-oriented data-management
and performance to the data tier; vFabric SQLFire,
which introduces a standard SQL interface to the core GemFire
technologies; vFabric RabbitMQ
, an open-source implementation of the
Advanced Message Queuing Protocol and enables a cloud-ready approach to
messaging; vFabric Web
enterprise version of the Apache Web server; Spring
, which provides insight into the performance of Spring
applications across development and production environments; and vFabric Hyperic
enables proactive performance
management of custom applications through transparent visibility into modern
applications deployed across physical, virtual and cloud environments.
5 will be generally available in late summer 2011, the company said. It is
offered in two versions: VMware vFabric Standard at $1,200 per VM and
VMware vFabric Advanced at $1,800 per VM.