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Video Replay Available: SQLFire – Fast Data that Spans the Globe

062012_vmware_vfabric_sqlfire_fast_data_that_spans_the_globe_462103_v5_Page_02The June 20th Webcast titled Fast Data that Spans the Globe is now available for video replay.  This webcast covers several topics:

  • SQLFire – an in-memory NewSQL database with horizontal scale
  • Global, synchronous and asynchronous data replication
  • Performance, throughput, and latency
  • Using active-active databases across data centers for continuity and disaster recovery
  • High availability through transparent, application-level failover

For more information on SQLFire, here are additional articles worth checking out:

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TechValidate Finds 59% Choose VMware vFabric Application Stack to Reduce Cost of Application Infrastructure

Tech-validate-logoTechValidate’s research on VMware vFabric reveals how vFabric customers view the benefits of running the vFabric middleware suite and goes into detail on cost savings, productivity, and virtualization capabilities. It shows some interesting trends on the benefits of VMware vFabric when deployed in customer environments, including:

  • 46% of surveyed IT organizations value most that vFabric tc Server reduces costs more than other application servers.  42% said it takes less time to start up, configure, and/or manage than other application servers.
  • 61% of customers surveyed cite vSphere integration as a primary value, and 32% cite it’s design to support application portability to both on- and off-premise clouds.
  • 59% chose vFabric to reduce cost of application infrastructure and 32% surveyed believe they can develop web applications more quickly.

The report includes quotes from several of the companies interviewed. Some highlights include:

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Announcing the Spring Insight Bounty Program – A Pay for Development Marketplace

VMware is announcing a new Bounty Program which will enable companies, including VMware itself, to request and reward community members for creating any original work, including plugins, patches, tools, specifications, documentation, or sample code. The program is designed to leverage the Spring Insight community to support its own development needs for plugins that extend visibility into custom application's runtime performance and behavior.

Any company is welcome to make a public request (Bounty Request) to pay developers to complete project work around Spring Insight in the Spring Insight Bounty Forums. To start the program, VMware has requested 4 plugins to be developed by the community and will award up to $6000 for their successful development. Additional plugin requests are expected to be posted throughout the summer from VMware. Plugins currently requested include:

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vFabric @Velocity | Santa Clara | June 25-27

If you are attending Velocity in Santa Clara,VMware is delivering two presentations:

VMware’s Shahar Erez, Director of Application Management Products will be presenting Develop, Deploy, and Manage Tomorrow’s Applications Today. Here is short description:

Business demand for new applications and new functionality is growing rapidly, driving the adoption of modern application frameworks and architectures developed for the cloud. Yet, the great majority of applications continue to be built using existing methodologies and processes. IT must find a way to exploit the promise of cloud computing for existing types of applications while beginning the transition to the next generation of architectures and frameworks.

As well, Sudhir Menon, will be presenting How to Achieve Massive Data Scalability with SQLFire. Here is short description:

One of the challenges of managing applications on a Cloud-scale is data access. As your application and the number of its users grow, the database becomes your bottleneck and your application becomes increasingly slower. Some will propose expensive databases clustering as the answer, others will tell you to re-write your application to leverage that “cool” big data solution you’d been reading about. Attend this session to learn how VMware vFabric SQLFire is different. It gives you the speed, and scale you need in a substantially simpler way. As an in-memory and horizontally scalable distributed SQL database it delivers the speed and low latency that your application demands. Additionally, because it uses real SQL interface, it allows for much quicker and easier integration into your existing app. Join us for an in-depth session and learn how SQLFire provides horizontal scalability, so if you need more capacity you just add more nodes and your data is automatically rebalanced. ~~~

VMWare vFabric Technical Account Manager Services are Now Available

VMware now provides vFabric Technical Account Manager (TAM) Services which offer multiple options for a strategic, technical advisor and advocate to help customers successfully navigate their cloud application platform technology needs.  The VMware vFabric Technical Account Manager Service helps address the tactical and operational challenges and opportunities in application modernization and agile data initiatives. Backed by the resources of VMware, vFabric TAMs bring extensive cloud application platform and virtualization experience to your team to provide expertise and insight to foster success with VMware vFabric solutions.

vFabric TAMs:
• Minimize operational hurdles and deploy solutions faster
• Leverage VMware vFabric best practices and solutions
• Coordinate issue management, escalation and resolution
• Advocate customer needs and concerns with VMware vFabric decision makers
• Advance the organization’s knowledge of VMware vFabric technologies

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How to Achieve Continuous Provisioning (CP) for Agile Development

The development practice of Continuous Integration has become a de facto standard for development teams trying to become more Agile. The benefits of Continuous Integration are extremely impactful and much has been written on the topic.  By automating the building and testing of software, a development team creates a repeatable and consistent build process.  By extending this process into the concept of continuous provisioning, a development team extends the same type of repeatability and consistency to application deployments.  If the up-front cost of automating the build and deployment of an application is nothing compared to the time and cost savings to be incurred, then why does automation stop there?  Why do most development teams still need to wait for the underlying infrastructure to be provisioned?  Why do developers and operations teams manually install and configure middleware (application servers, databases, etc)? 

This article will illustrate to teams how continuous provisioning can be leveraged during development.

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vFabric @GigaOM Structure | SanFran | June 20-21 #structureconf

If you are attending GigaOM Structure in San Francisco, VMware’s CTO and the VP of Emerging Products are both speaking Here are summaries:

Steve Herrod, CTO and SVP of R&D – Where Big Data Meets the Cloud

EMC’s reasoning for the acquisition of VMware has always been questioned. Was it because of the impact virtualization was having on storage, or was it something else? In this conversation with VMware’s technology leader, we will get a better understanding of the real impact of big data when it meets cloud computing. Some deep insights from customer deployments combined with industry announcements make this a must-attend panel.

Chris Keene, VP of Emerging Products at VMware and Tom Roloff, COO at EMC – Building Killer Apps with Big Data

Big data fast data architecture gives IT an opportunity to change the competitive landscape by helping companies make faster and better decisions. This architecture combines in-memory data management with business intelligence to develop big data applications. Join Chris Keene, VP Emerging Products and gain insight into the transformative value of big data fast data.

>> To get demonstrations, learn more about vFabric, meet experts, or even if you just want giveaways, come by the booth.

Comparing Traditional databases to SQLFire for Cloud-scale Applications

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Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 @ 9:00 AM PDT

Title: vFabric SQLFire – Fast Data that Spans the Globe

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Despite what people tell you, managing on-line applications on a cloud-scale is hard. One of the main challenges is related to the fact that as an application gets more and more popular, the underlining database often becomes the bottleneck.

When demand spikes, organizations are comfortable scaling their Web and App Server layers. However, as they increase the number of application instances to accommodate the growing demand, their data layer is unable to keep up.

We all know that a solution’s overall performance is only as good as it’s lowest common denominator. Increasingly, the lowest common denominator of today’s on-line applications is the database.

A Customer Example

Recently, a large retail customer spoke to us about their experiences in dealing with demand spikes during holidays. Their virtualized infrastructure was more than capable of scaling horizontally to address the growing demand. However, their underlying, traditional database could not handle the large load increases. The database started to experience deadlocks, connection timeouts, and various other problems.

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vFabric @QCon | NYC | June 18-20 #qconnewyork

If you are attending QCon in NYC, Global Field Architect Mike Stolz will be presenting Design Patterns for Combining Fast Data with Big Data in Finance on Wednesday from 10:50-11:50PM.

Here is a short description of Mike's presentation:

Modern applications have an insatiable need for data at speed and scale that previous generation databases struggle to keep-up with. At the same time, regulatory requirements for data retention are causing tremendous growth in the total amount of data that needs to be stored. What is needed is a multi-tiered data strategy – one that combines in-memory data management for speed and scale coupled with a peta-scale database for deep analysis.

In the Financial Services industry, large quantities of historical data need to be processed against a growing number of fast-moving data feeds.

Topics to be covered:
  • Big Data allows you to find opportunities you didn't know you had.
  • Fast Data allows you to respond to opportunities before they disappear.
  • Working together they may enable entirely new business models.
Of course, you can come by the vFabric booth…chat with vFabric experts, try to win an iPad, and learn more about vFabric.  There will be a VMware Hospitality Suite Tuesday evening at 5:50PM.

VMware vFabric Suite 5.1 Significantly Upgrades vFabric RabbitMQ

Rabbitmq_logo_strapvFabric RabbitMQ, based on the open source RabbitMQ project, has significantly updated the underlying RabbitMQ version to 2.8.1 in the latest VMware vFabric Suite 5.1 update. 

The new vFabric RabbitMQ release represents a significant upgrade from the open source RabbitMQ 2.4.1 that vFabric 5.0 was based on, and brings the commercially supported vFabric RabbitMQ to parity with recent open source RabbitMQ releases by rolling up all of the interim code changes. Furthermore, users now have the option of choosing to use the commercially bundled vFabric RabbitMQ from VMware or using the open source RabbitMQ distribution with a single license. Either way a user chooses, they can receive the same reliable support from VMware.

Performance Improvements

  • New internal message flow control to limit memory use and make performance more predictable if the server is overloaded
  • Recovery has been simplified, improving startup times when many exchanges or bindings exist
  • Better performance under high load and memory pressure
  • Improved inbound network performance
  • Improved routing performance
  • Significant performance improvements to connection creation, durable queues, message storage, and large numbers of consumers

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