The Vagrant project is a popular tool for software developers to speed their development and testing efforts. The Vagrant tool enables teams of developers to share common environments and configurations using their existing collaboration tools. Linux Journal describes the problem perfectly:
"Welcome to the team! Here's a list of 15 applications to install, the instructions are in the team room, somewhere."
Hashicorp, a company started by Mitchell Hashimoto, one of the founders of the Vagrant project recently announced a commerical plugin that enables Vagrant to work seamlessly with VMware Fusion 5 Professional.
The number of pre-built base boxes designed for VMware Fusion is already growing fast. Getting your own software up and running using Vagrant and VMware Fusion is getting easier and easier. Much of the heavy-lifting is already taken care of using low-memory Ubuntu configurations and the Vagrant best practices. Of course Vagrant works well with configuration management tools including Puppet and Chef.
We’re excited that the power of VMware virtual machines are now available to Vagrant users with a Mac and are looking forward to future developments from the HashiCorp team.