Salesforce.com and VMware have announced a partnership to jointly deliver, sell and support a new enterprise Java cloud called VMforce.
Salesforce.com and VMware have announced a partnership to jointly deliver,
sell and support a new enterprise Java cloud called VMforce.
VMforce, which is to be formally launched at an April 27
event in San Francisco hosted by the CEOs of the two companies, will bring
together the technologies, expertise and communities of the two leading cloud
computing companies driving the tectonic shifts in the information technology
industry, said Ariel Kelman, vice president of Force.com marketing at
Mitch Ferguson, senior director of alliances for the
SpringSource division of VMware, said with VMforce, the more than 6
million enterprise Java developers, of which 2 million define themselves as
users of the Spring framework, will have an open path to cloud computing. Now,
CIOs and IT departments will be able to leverage their existing programming
skills and investments in Java applications, and take full advantage of the
Force.com platform to build "Cloud 2" enterprise applications that
are social and work on any mobile device in real time, the companies said.
VMforce will simplify how enterprises and enterprise Java developers can
harness the economics of cloud computing without compromising the flexibility,
control and choice they require, Kelman said.
"Enterprise Java developers, welcome to Cloud 2," said
Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of
Salesforce.com, in a statement. "This fundamental shift incorporates cloud
computing, real-time collaboration and mobile devices like the iPad to meet the
new needs of the enterprise. Now, in partnership with VMware, we are delivering
VMforce and bringing Java to Force.com so enterprise Java developers can create
powerful new innovative Cloud 2 apps."
"Companies are looking for solutions that deliver the benefits
of cloud computing while leveraging existing resources, expertise and
infrastructure," said Paul Maritz, CEO of
VMware, also in a statement. "By creating a dramatically simplified
solution for modern application development, VMforce is a significant step
forward in offering our customers a path that bridges existing internal
investments with the resources and flexibility of the cloud."
"In essence, we're announcing VMforce, the world's first
trusted cloud for enterprise Java developers," Kelman said. "This
provides Java developers with a simple and trusted path to the cloud. And it's
a technology only Salesforce and VMware could deliver."
Ferguson noted that
VMforce will be jointly delivered by Salesforce.com and VMware, combining Java,
Spring and Force.com, all running on VMware vSphere. He said SpringSource and
Salesforce.com started talking last spring about the value of bringing
enterprise Java to Force.com.
VMforce will include:
- Spring Framework: VMforce will use the
Spring Framework, the leading Java development framework that is backed by
VMware's SpringSource division. Spring makes it easy for developers to build
powerful enterprise Java apps, increasing development productivity and runtime
performance while improving test coverage and application quality. VMforce will
also use the SpringSource Tool Suite, an integrated, tested and certified
development environment offering the most complete set of Eclipse-based tools
for creating Java apps.
- SpringSource tc server: VMforce
applications will run on the tc Server runtime, the Enterprise
version of Apache Tomcat. tc Server is a wildly popular lightweight
application server optimized for virtual and cloud environments.
- Force.com Chatter Services: As the
world migrates toward Cloud 2 social and mobile applications, developers will
be able incorporate collaboration services from Chatter in their applications.
These prebuilt services include profiles, status updates, groups, feeds,
document sharing, the Chatter API and more.
- Force.com Development Platform and
Services: Since VMforce will run on the Force.com platform, developers have
access to prebuilt business services that can be configured into their apps
without requiring any custom coding. These services include search, identity
and security, workflow, reporting and analytics, a robust Web services
integration API, mobile deployment and more.
Moreover, developers using VMforce will get the benefits of the
proven Force.com relational database, including automatic scalability, high
availability, auto-tuning, backup and disaster recovery, Kelman said. And
VMware's vCloud technology automatically manages the Java stack that powers
VMforce applications, freeing developers from the cost and complexity of
managing hardware and software. VMware's vCloud technology will on-ramp the
Java application onto the cloud, automate the wiring of the application to the
Force.com database, and manage the underlying vSphere virtualization platform.
VMware's new vCloud App Core will orchestrate and manage both the underlying
VMware vSphere layer and the application runtime layer, including the Spring
Java framework and tc Server, he said.
VMforce will run on Salesforce.com's global cloud computing
infrastructure, which handles an average of 250 million transactions daily from
more than 72,500 customers, Kelman said.
"What we're doing is bringing in the ability for Java
developers to leverage Eclipse and the SpringSource Tool Suite to build apps
and drop them into a cloud environment," Ferguson
VMforce will support standard Java code: POJOs (plain old Java
objects), JSPs (Java Server Pages), Java Servlets and more through the popular
Spring Framework, Ferguson said. By
building enterprise Java apps with Spring, companies will be able to easily
port enterprise Java apps onto VMforce or vice versa.
Meanwhile, both Salesforce.com and VMware officials said
VMforce will first appear as a developer preview in the second half of 2010,
and pricing will be announced at that time.