In a nutshell, relational databases weren’t built for the cloud. With vFabric Postgres, VMware customers can get a proven, enterprise database integrated with VMware virtualization and ready for cloud computing.
As announced earlier this week, vFabric Postgres (vPostgres) is now available within vFabric Suite 5.1 Advanced. With vPostgres, the well-respected, open-source database gains built in best practices, optimized configuration, and cloud-ready features. While vFabric Postgres is synced up to PostgreSQL 9.1.3 minor release and includes all the new features of this version of the database (see PostgreSQL wiki for more), vFabric adds many features and considerable improvements in three categories:
1. Development and deployment become simpler, smarter, and cloud ready 2. Performance improvements with elastic memory and more 3. Monitoring and administration get an upgrade 4. Lower TCO and increased staff efficiency
Development and Deployment with vFabric Postgres
First, vPostgres is available in two form factors:
vPostgres Virtual Appliance
vPostgres RPMs for 64-bit Linux Servers (RHEL 6, Suse 11 sp1+)
VMware vFabric Application Director is a tool for automating application deployments to infrastructure clouds – it basically automates the provisioning of infrastructure, install, and configuration processes. Once an application has been designed inside Application Director, it can also be deployed to multiple cloud environments without redesigning the application.
This blog post (and a very helpful accompanying video embedded below) will explain how Application Director’s Command Line Interface (CLI) can be used alongside VMware’s cloud stack to support a self-service portal for provisioning cloud applications. A future blog post will outline a second key use case with Application Director – it’s use in a continuous integration development lifecycle to automate builds and migrations.