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How Even the Ocean (Data) Is In The Cloud

Recently, VMware worked with the Ocean Observatory Initiative to discuss an interesting case study that affects us all. The U.S. has built an ocean of big data on the ocean itself. Currently, we are collecting about 8 terabytes a day or 3 petabytes a year of data about the ocean in order to more efficiently and safely study the body of water that covers over 70% of earth.

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is a 25-year program responsible for managing a networked set of 100s of sensor instruments that sit in the ocean, take measurements, send data back to a massive data infrastructure, and make data-sets and reports available to oceanographers, scientists, educators, and the public on a very broad scale. This system, quite literally, is a Hubble Telescope for observing the ocean. While this mega-system has an amazing history and tons of interesting capabilities, we think it’s pretty cool that VMware vSphere and vFabric RabbitMQ play key roles. Continue reading

VMware IT Case Study: Refresh Oracle EBS in Hours not Days

In the past, several teams would work to provision an Oracle ERP environment, and it took weeks.

Now, it takes hours.

Whether a new environment is being created or an existing one is refreshed, it literally takes one person a few mouse clicks to initiate an entire environment, and it takes about 10 hours for the complex installation, configuration, and data-restore to run by itself.

Like many companies, one of the most important systems inside VMware is our Oracle ERP system.  It has 7 terabytes of data in the transactional database and records all transactions related to order management, service contracts, install base, customers, accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, and more.  When our IT team set out to start using vFabric Application Director, we decided that this ERP application would be one of the critical places to automate deployments. At the end of the day, our main goal was to have a repeatable, fully automated process for provisioning and configuring an EBS instance.  For those who are interested, we are running: Continue reading

vFabric: 3 Points from the VMworld Opening Keynotes

On Monday morning, I had the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the opening keynotes with Paul Maritz, Pat Gelsinger, and Steven Herrod at VMworld 2012.  Since my efforts focus on the vFabric product line, I was quite excited to see how our executive leadership team announced the company’s vision and hit on where vFabric fits in. For those that missed the keynote, it is available here. First, I’d like to say how amazing it was to hear Paul Maritz talk about how much virtualization has been adopted during his short tenure since 2008.

Now, there were three points made in the keynotes which explain how vFabric is a key part of the software-defined data center story, and I thought they were worth passing along to anyone that missed them. Before I mention these points, it makes sense to summarize the relationship between vFabric and the software-defined data center at a very high level.  To do so, I will quote Steve Herrod in this software-defined datacenter overview:

“So, in the end, it is the applications that matter. It’s the applications that help a business make new revenue or be more efficient in how they are doing so. And Continue reading

VMware Cloud Application Management Marketplace now in BETA

This is an exciting time for us at VMware! Among several key and strategic initiatives at VMware this year, we are thrilled to share the much-awaited release of VMware Cloud Application Management Marketplace BETA .

The Application Management Marketplace brings together an ecosystem of developers, independent software vendors, system integrator partners, and end consumers to collaborate and share solutions so IT teams can get instant access to ready-to-use cloud application management solutions. These solutions are meant to accelerate deployment and simplify management of real-world enterprise applications on private, public, and hybrid clouds, using VMware’s Application Management products – namely VMware vFabric Application Director for provisioning cloud applications and VMware vFabric Application Performance Manager for monitoring and scaling applications.

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Java and vFabric: Radical Simplification

Ten years ago, the Spring Framework delivered radical simplicity to the complex world of enterprise Java. Today, VMware is delivering integrated middleware components in vFabric and driving the exact same simplification agenda.

Our customers have been successfully virtualizing Java workloads on vSphere for years, and VMware has built up a wealth of experience which we’ve been sharing with exponentially increasing numbers of attendees every year at VMworld. This year is no exception! (For example, check out “The Benefits of Virtualization for Middleware” on Thursday, Aug 30, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.) As we’ve grown in supporting Java on vSphere, we’ve also continued to embrace more Java and open source products within our vFabric product portfolio. Continue reading

5 Labs You Don’t Want to Miss @VMworld

What if you could spend a few days in San Francisco and learn…

  • How to reduce deployment time from weeks to hours.
  • How to develop without worrying about scaling infrastructure (and vice versa).
  • How to drastically reduce database license, hardware, and management costs.
  • How to scale the data layer and increase speed drastically using standard SQL.
  • How the vFabric suite scales at the web, app, and data layer.

Would it be worth the trip? Well, we think so for three reasons: Continue reading

5 Ways IT Benefits From The New Cloud Operating Model

It’s official. IT’s investment in the cloud is accelerating. Gartner recently reported that spending on public cloud services will reach $109 billion this year, up from $91 billion from last year’s spend. That’s an increase of over 20% in one year, and the fastest growing area of spend according to their predictions.

How is IT coping with such a dramatic shift in resources? At VMware, we are seeing an organizational shift that we are calling the Cloud Operating Model that is capitalizing on this effort. The Cloud Operating Model is both an organizational change and a technology evolution. On the organizational side, IT retrenches and focuses on building out a private cloud that is cost competitive to public clouds, provides end user services that attract apps to stay in-house, and can support a larger server-to-admin ratio. Application and business teams, presented with readily available infrastructure and armed with sophisticated app management and provisioning tools, transform themselves into DevOps—literally Development-Operations—that now have full control of application lifecycles including developing, running and managing their apps. While IT still provides services to DevOps, they actually become untangled from each other’s day-to-day operations.

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Top 5 Reasons App Teams Should Come to VMworld

VMware is excited about the upcoming VMworld 2012 in San Francisco on August 26 through 30. The VMworld team published the Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Come to VMworld, including getting the inside information on what’s next, hands-on training, and meeting the industry luminaries that this event attracts. However, some may not glean from this list that VMworld is aimed not just at virtualization infrastructure teams, but at app teams as well. While VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud technologies, we are also squarely focused on helping customers build apps that are optimized to run on this infrastructure, and the vFabric team’s presence at VMworld this year underscores this fact in spades.

Why should app teams come to VMworld?

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1. Knowledge. If you develop with Spring or intend to virtualize Java, you will gain enough insights on VMware’s vFabric application stack to impact your career for several years.

2. Customer roundtables. We are looking to bring together a variety of vFabric users with their peers and our product leaders to hear and provide feedback on our product roadmaps, use cases, and suggestions that will help define our upcoming products.

3. One-on-one interviews and testimonials. We want to hear from you! Meet with our product representatives and tell us your vFabric experience. Sharing your achievements adds to the community, builds respect with your peers, and can even earn you some special rewards from VMware itself.

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Who Moved My App? VMware’s “Cheese-Aware” Application Management

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Did you ever read the book “Who moved my cheese?” It was a 5-year New York Times Bestseller by Dr. Spencer Johnson.

The book speaks of how people react to change and offers several approaches to coping with change. The author, very eloquently, identifies the challenges of reacting and adapting to various changes in our lives.

In the book, Dr. Johnson helps us to understand that as we mature, we come to realize that change is constant: people change, schedules change, jobs change, friends change, and more. We are, for the most part, able to intellectually and emotionally cope and continue moving forward.

I can’t say that much about software. When something changes in software behavior, it will usually not have the capacity to cope and overcome, but remain in a fragile state until there is some human intervention.

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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. ~~~