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Making Sense of Spaghetti Transactions

Today’s modern applications are built from an ever growing number of moving parts (e.g. queues, caches, services connecting different application tiers, and outgoing calls to external services). These parts are also dynamic—layers grow or shrink to scale, are load balanced, and since they are virtual or in the cloud, they can also physically move quickly. Transactions can literally pass through hundreds of different paths in your average application. These are spaghetti transactions.

Every piece of spaghetti has a start and an end, but how each one passes is difficult to see when it’s in a pile. Understanding spaghetti transactions, and how they flow between all the parts of the application’s topology has become more time consuming than ever.

Efficient management of these applications requires a new approach – moving from individually managing the health of each server, operating system, and the workload it runs, to managing applications and multi-tier transactions. 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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Sneak Peak at VMware’s Nanotrader Reference Architecture

(Note: See a newer article on the renamed SpringTrader.) vFabric’s Reference Application, Nanotrader, provides customers with an end-to-end solution for developing, provisioning, and managing a distributed application in a cloud environment. The reference application and architecture provide customers and partners with a blueprint for development, infrastructure, and operations teams.

The Nanotrader application is based on the web based Trading application, Day Trader. The legacy Day Trader application provides context for application modernization by representing the “before” picture while Nanotrader provides developers with a blueprint for achieving the “after” picture. Functionally, both applications allow users to login, view their portfolio, lookup stock quotes, and buy or sell stock shares. However, this is where their similarity ends. The following table describes key high-level differences in the application design: Continue reading

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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Application Director in 5 Minutes

The Problem

As architects, developers of software, and managers of IT infrastructure, we spend quite a bit of time (and often frustration) installing operating systems, setting up applications and components, and configuring them. These activities can be time consuming, tedious, manual, and error prone.

Application Director's Purpose and Key Concepts

Enter VMware vFabric Application Director. The key purpose for Application Director is to automate the provisioning of infrastructure and applications so it happens faster, with fewer errors, and with less headache. If you’ve ever used a standard catalog of parts, you’ll get the idea immediately because Application Director stores information in a visual representation called a blueprint. What’s in a blueprint? Basically, a blueprint includes everything you would use to build, configure, and deploy a server or group of servers to build out your application. Blueprints define all the components like the operating system, virtual machine templates, web server, application server, database server, monitoring software, packaged software, EAR, SQL, or WAR, etc.  All these components are available to drag and drop onto your blueprint’s canvas from a standard catalog. Once the core building blocks are in place on your blueprint, you can further tailor your application build plan by including dependencies, policies, and configurations.

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