VMforce at one, VMware and Salesforce.com appear ambivalent about parenthood

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-06-07 Email Print this article Print

It's been just over a year since VMware and Salesforce.com announced VMforce. According to an unnamed Salesforce spokesperson, "VMforce is currently in private beta and we are planning a broader distribution later this year."

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As of May 31, VMforce is still slated to be "coming soon," a year after its announcement.

A year in beta is a geological age in the time scale in which VMware and Salesforce operate.

Last year I watched as CEOs Paul Maritz of VMware and Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com jointly announce what was called the "trusted cloud for enterprise Java developers." Here are the pictures that prove that something existed, at least a year ago.

I distinctly remember the "you got peanut butter in my chocolate, you got chocolate in my peanut butter" exuberance at the event. Yet today, the VMforce.com website stands like a brightly painted, unoccupied building. The last blog update on the site is from shortly after the announcement a year ago. With life signs this faint, I think it's worth asking what will happen with VMforce?

It seemed like VMforce was going to be a way for enterprises to use existing Java development staff to create applications using company data that was created in Salesforce using VMware's SpringSource Java development products. A year later, it looks more and more like Salesforce and VMware have other ideas.

If beta participants can share their experiences about applications they've built in VMforce, I would be interested in hearing about them.

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