VMware announces a new Cloud Application Platform that leverages Spring and the company's new vFabric application services.
VMware has announced its new Cloud Application Platform,
which capitalizes on some of the company's key acquisitions and combines the
Spring Java development framework with VMware's new vFabric application
The announcement comes out of VMware's VMworld conference
in San Francisco, where the company
rolled out its new strategy and solutions for cloud application platforms,
enabling developers to build and run modern applications that intelligently
share information with underlying infrastructure to maximize application
performance, quality of service and infrastructure utilization, VMware
The VMware Cloud Application Platform combines Spring and
vFabric to deliver a complete cloud application platform that ensures
performance and portability across heterogeneous cloud environments. vFabric is
a comprehensive set of integrated application services including a lightweight
application server, global data management, cloud-ready messaging, dynamic load
balancing and application performance management.
VMware officials said modern applications need to support
dynamic user interactions, low-latency data access and virtual infrastructure
all while meeting the security and compliance demands of the enterprise. VMware
vFabric is optimized for cloud computing's increasingly dynamic architectures,
versus traditional middleware that requires complete stack control.
VMware's cloud application platform strategy is a key
tenet of VMware's IT-as-a-service vision. IT-as-a-service is about optimizing
the production of IT services and creating new models of IT consumption that
dramatically improve IT agility. This changes the traditional view of IT
as a cost center to one of value creator.
"With the rise of virtualization and modern
development frameworks, a fundamentally more productive and portable approach
to delivering new applications has emerged," said Rod Johnson, senior vice
president of the Application Platform division of VMware. "We're moving
into an era where developers can build great applications and immediately
deploy those applications onto a modern platform that provisions and configures
itself on demand and intelligently runs and scales the application based on
In an interview with eWEEK, Johnson said the new VMware
Cloud Application platform "is the coming-out party of the SpringSource
technology we brought to VMware. This is the vision of what drove the
"IT is undergoing a transformation: Applications are
changing, infrastructure is changing, and organizations are looking for a
pathway to harness the promise of the cloud," said Rachel Chalmers, senior
analyst of enterprise software at The 451 Group, in a statement. "Application
platforms of today have markedly different requirements than those we have
relied upon in the past. The VMware Cloud Application Platform is evolving to
meet the needs of today's organizations."
Johnson added that he believes the Java community is the
largest enterprise developer community around. And, largely because of Spring, "we
are strong leaders in Java productivity. That's one of our key
advantages. It's important for developers to bring their existing tools
into cloud computing. So we want you to come as you are."
VMware officials said applications are increasingly built
with modern development frameworks that leverage runtime and data management
services that are much more agile and designed for virtualization. VMware's
vFabric will initially target the 2.5 million Spring Java developers. The
VMware Cloud Application Platform comprises the Spring Framework for building
new applications together with a complete set of Application Platform Services
required to run and manage these applications. The combination will enable
enterprises to maximize speed and innovation, extend the benefits of
virtualization to the application, and provide an evolutionary path to the
Indeed, with this new VMware cloud application platform,
developers are able to build new applications in a familiar and productive way
while enabling the choice of where to run them, whether on-premises or in
public clouds such as VMforce or Google.
However, "We get into a lot of conversations about
implementing the private cloud to run enterprise Java applications,"
Johnson said. "We're giving our customers a clear pathway to cloud
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