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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

2 Ways Fast/Big Data Impacts the IT Org Structure

Though my background includes time as both a developer, architect, and CTO, much of my time today is spent discussing applications with senior IT executives. I manage an application development division of a national VAR and focus on the vFabric stack from top to bottom. One of the challenges I face is trying Screen shot 2012-08-08 at 10.48.39 AM
to provide application-centric consulting services to operations/infrastructure teams who (a) don’t really own the decision of app software infrastructure and/or (b) don’t understand it and, (c) worse in some cases, don’t care. Recently, I’ve come to love my job for two primary reasons:

1. “Cloud” technologies are forcing the Operations teams and the Application teams to “share” responsibility for overall IT efficiency. The cloud concept of an on-demand, elastic infrastructure is knocking down political walls and silos that have evolved over the past decades in IT. This is no more evident than at VMWare, where vFabric and vSphere product lines are starting to blur (e.g. vCenter –> vCloud Director –> Application Director). Finally, I have something to talk to the Infrastructure folks that gets them excited! Perhaps it is the needed automation of infrastructure that brings Ops to the Aps side. Or, perhaps it an elastic architecture that brings Aps over to the Ops side. In any event, the two teams are brought together and work together more in cloud solutions.

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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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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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Introducing VMware vFabric Suite 5.1: Automated Deployment, New Components, and Open Source Support

Today, VMware announced the release of VMware vFabric Suite 5.1, an integrated family of components that streamline how companies build, run and manage Java Spring applications whether on-premise or in the cloud. At VMware, we understand that smart, agile and cost-effective cloud infrastructure services are important. But ultimately, it’s about the applications that run atop that cloud infrastructure. 

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This latest release of vFabric Suite puts the largest set of modern cloud services within easy reach for companies that need to build cloud-ready Java applications that are deployed easily, scale quickly, and use popular open source application infrastructure technologies.

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VMware Partner Viewpoint:
5 Reasons Why You Should Care about vFabric

It’s hard to argue that cloud computing has the CIO’s attention across all industries, and a whole new breed of technology companies wouldn’t exist without cloud computing. In this article, we share a summary of six VMware vFabric partner interviews. These perspectives identify 5 themes for how VMware’s vFabric cloud application development platform can improve developer productivity, cut customer technology costs, solve key engineering problems, and more.

What does VMware vFabric have to do with Cloud Application Development?

As the provider of the most popular virtualization and cloud software in the world, VMware understands the cloud journey is not just infrastructure; it’s very much about the applications that run on them. With VMware’s vFabric Cloud Application Platform, VMware is leading the charge to help development teams build, run, manage, and scale cloud-ready applications. vFabric is a group of frameworks, tools, and products that integrate development, infrastructure, and operations. The vFabric cloud application platform incorporates the best of open source stacks (e.g. Apache, Spring, Java, Tomcat, Linux) and provides built-in capabilities for virtualized deployment, scaling, monitoring, dealing with big data, and more. 

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VMware Partner Q&A: 10 Things About vFabric Worth Hearing

This interview is with Jeff Reed, Application Development Executive with Logicalis.

Q1: How have you partnered with VMware?

Answer: Logicalis is a Global Systems Integrator and premier partner of VMware.  Virtualization and Cloud Computing are major world-wide practices for us, with proven experience not only in VMware’s virtualization suite of products, but also in VMware vFabric application development, deployment, and management suite of products. We provide public cloud solutions to our customers utilizing the VMware products, as well as help our customers deploy their own private clouds.  VMware is the market leader in virtualization and a leader in the transition to cloud computing. We’re collaborating on solutions and opportunities to address the needs of today’s Enterprises as well as tomorrow’s.

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Jeff Reed, Logicalis on working with VMware vFabric

Q2) What’s your firm’s background with Java, Spring, and Applications Development and Deployment?

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