12 April 2011 VMware launched a service cloud platform called the Cloud Foundry for developers, a deed which will cause more outright competition with Microsoft for application developers’ favour. This platform unites services and automatizes their addition to an application, accelerating its development.
The move of VMware is just a first step in a long-dated advantage Microsoft occupies in supplying with platform-based services for developers. Its Azure cloud proves to be a haven for its powerful following of developers of Visual Studio. VMware is responding with a spacious platform for Java developers.
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This move also leads it to competition with powerhouse search engine Google, its App Engine cloud, such as VMware’s satisfy developers.
VMware is as well treading on the territory of specialists’ platform, such as Heroku and Engine Yard, that both satisfy Ruby developers. VMware’s platform will support as a service both the lean and Ruby on Rails, Web-oriented Ruby’s Sinatra version, a project which has been maintained by Heroku. With Salesforce.com that paid at the end of the last year $212 million for Heroku, the move leads it into more outright competition. Salesforce is the provider of the Force.com platform as a service.
VMware has applied efficiently to operations managers and systems administrators in the data center, so as they strengthen servers. Now it is moving over their heads straight to cloud developers. Rod Johnson, VMware’s open source star and now general manager of SpringSource division of VMware as well as founder of the Spring project, will prompt Java developers to make use of new services through deploying the VMware platform as a service. He will appear with several open source project leaders together with Paul Maritz VMware CEO in an online event that is developed to appeal to developers.
Tod Nielsen said that they are surely placing their hat in the ring of platform as a service, former COO of VMware who took over the post of co-president with Maritz in January. He told that CloudFoundry.org will be an open source site community. They are just leveraging the good will which came with their Spring acquisition.
CloudFoundry.org is going to be a platform as a service which will offer running in VMware data centres, the place where developers can launch development projects. It will be as well available as open source code to operate in enterprise data centres, and a “private cloud” version will be made by VMware as a commercial product later on.
There will be available even individual version, Micro-Cloud, which may be used by a developer to create an application with all Cloud Foundry services and then use it in a public setting of Cloud Foundry.
Nielsen said that as the company is a virtualization vendor they figured out a way to lessen Cloud Foundry to a VM running on a laptop.
Johnson added in his blog that they want to serve developers, without heeding which framework and language have been chosen.
The services that provided in VMware –supported clouds the platform will certainly support, among which are BlueLock, Savvis, Terrmark, Verizon and Colt. Those services comprise of performance management, load balancing, vaiable-size or “elastic” data handling and the messaging.