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Announcing the Availability of vFabric Data Director 2.5, GemFire 7, EM4J 1.2, and More

Application developers and data management teams continue to look for ways to modernize legacy apps, manage costs more effectively, build new apps on robust application platforms, and solve big data problems. These are some of the key reasons why vFabric is on the CIO (or CTO) agenda. With several new product releases in the vFabric Suite, VMware continues to provide a best-in-class application platform and help customers solve their top application development and data management problems.

vFabric Data Director 2.5

Database as a Service (DBaaS) helps companies virtualize data engines and automate management while getting a handle on the costs and compliance issues related to data sprawl. In the newest version of Data Director, several new data engines are supported (in addition to Oracle and Postgres) along with other new capabilities:

  • Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012
  • Support for Hadoop deployment, management, and monitoring across all major distributions through Project Serengeti
  • Enhanced automation of Oracle and SQL Server template creation
  • Broad support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Oracle Linux
  • Enhanced Oracle database ingestion, including ingestion to a point-in-time and more
  • Support for static IP database virtual machines (DBVMs)
  • Express set-up for development or experimentation

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Expert Interview: The Polyglot Rabbit: Examples of Multi-Protocol Queues in RabbitMQ

Recently, we had the opportunity to speak with architect Brett Cameron about vFabric RabbitMQ.  A popular speaker, Brett is well known for his effort to port Erlang and RabbitMQ over to the “legacy” OpenVMS operating system platform (now owned by HP). With over 19 years in the software industry, Brett specializes in systems integration and large, distributed systems. Of course, he has spent a lot of time with OpenVMS – an OS with one of the more interesting histories in the software industry.

When we started chatting with Brett, he had recently discussed the concept of the Polyglot Rabbit with Alexis Richardson and written a great article titled, “The Polyglot Rabbit: Examples of Multi-Protocol Queues in RabbitMQ.” According to Brett, the main goal of this article is about the fact that you can publish messages into this environment via one protocol and consume via one or more other protocols (simultaneously if you want). “It’s a brilliant and a very powerful capability.” Brett felt that this capability was possibly not being promoted enough, and hopefully the article will go some way towards fixing this.

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2 Lessons on RabbitMQ from HighLoad – Extending the server with Plugins and HA Queues

Recently, I presented at the HighLoad++ conference in Moscow Russia. Many of the developers I spoke with were interested in two pieces of information about RabbitMQ, and I wanted to share these with a broader audience:

  • Extending through Plugins
  • High Availability Queuing

If you haven’t heard of HighLoad++, the conference is pretty special since it focuses only on high traffic websites (mostly from Russia). The main point of the conference is to talk about new architectures and approaches for highly complex systems and covers things like:

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Powering Mobile Architecture with vFabric

Mobile is driving a lot of new application development. But, how can vFabric help?

We’ve all heard the incredible growth trends of mobile. As an example, “The Future of Mobile” presentation by Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider (2012), shows how mobile apps are now a $10B market and growing at 100% per year. See below.

This has led a number of companies, including Google, to adopt “mobile first” development strategies: build first for smartphones, then for laptops and desktops. At other companies, such as Urbanspoon, mobile growth is outpacing their desktop web traffic. It’s said that if Facebook were built today, it would be a mobile app.

The Mobile UI Development Dilemma

The challenge facing mobile application developers is that there are three major mobile UI technology stacks – iOS, Android Java, and HTML5 (mobile web), each with their own pros and cons. Continue reading

Four Easy Steps to Deploy Enterprise Java Apps with Tier 3’s Starter Kit Blueprint for vFabric™

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to deploy a small vFabric environment for your Java apps in just a few clicks – without the need to troubleshoot?

Tier 3, a VMware vCloud-powered service provider, has announced access to its Starter Kit Blueprint for VMware vFabric, which comes with four virtual machine instances and advanced vFabric application services. Each of the servers is configured with four gigabytes of memory and two virtual CPUs (vCPUs) by default, but users can change the configuration easily in the Tier 3 Control Portal after deployment.
Tier 3’s vFabric Starter Kit comes with:

Deployment is very easy and can be done in four easy steps:

  1. Logon to the Tier 3 Control Portal and go to Blueprints > Search for “vFabric Starter Kit”
  2. Click on the vFabric Starter Kit Blueprint and on the next screen click Deploy Blueprint.
  3. Next you will want to customize your blueprint by specifying a server password, name of network to place the servers on, and primary and secondary DNS.
  4. Last step is to deploy the customized vFabric Starter Kit blueprint by clicking on the Deploy Blueprint button at the bottom of the screen.

The platform will now do all the orchestration and deploy a fully working vFabric environment for you. To access the environment all you have to do is logon via VPN (Tier 3 has instructions here).

For a full overview of an install with vFabric Starter Blueprint, watch a video demo taking you from deployment to configuration with Tier 3 product manager Shantu Roy.

Getting started

Getting started is simple. Go to Tier 3 and activate your account, which will give you access to this Blueprint.