Two of the hottest topics in technology today are “mobile” and “cloud.” They are at the top of most CTOs list of objectives, yet they also seem to be the ones most shrouded in mystery. So where do you start?
This past year, at VMworld 2012 San Francisco and Barcelona, I ran a session where we built a complete database-backed web application from scratch using the SpringSource Tool Suite and the Grails framework for Java. Then, we published the application to Cloud Foundry—our open Platform-as-a-Service offering. Finally, we proceeded to build a mobile application that consumed the data from the web application built earlier. I broke a cardinal rule by doing the entire session live, but it all went off without a hitch and audience participation with the application was an absolute blast. By the time we were done, we had built two applications from the ground up, and folks had an application that looked, smelled, and tasted like a native mobile application running on their phones. And, we did all of this in less than one hour! Continue reading →
Less than a year ago we announced the availability of the first vFabric Application Director release, where we took a bold new approach to provision workloads on Cloud Infrastructure. It was an inventive solution to a problem most people hadn’t realized was an issue yet. By separating apps and infrastructure in the provisioning process, we could drastically simplify operations and actually make organizations more nimble, more agile.
This week, we announced the next major release of Application Director. Over the course of the past year, we have seen tremendous responses from our design partners, early adopters and overall in the market to the approach we are delivering. Komal Mangtani, our engineering director who is building Application Director, first outlined this approach in her post ‘Creating Your Self-Curating Application Platform’ back in August. Essentially, we are using a completely declarative, model-driven method for service provisioning, which means it is agnostic of the underlying configuration script or the infrastructure it is running on.
Automation for any process is expected to speed things up, and reduce errors. By abstracting this into the model-driven approach, we get a few more benefits:
Those three words often mean a lot of things – a lot of work, a lot of change, a lot of cost savings, a lot of leadership, and a lot of coordination. Of course, the payoff of doing it right can also be outstanding.
We had the opportunity to gain personal, anonymous observations from a senior technical architect of a European consulting firm who knows firsthand that data center consolidation can create value, citing “moving thirteen datacenters run by thirteen teams to six data centers run by one team is the catalyst for huge improvements in many areas.” Our architect’s company provides recommendations, architecture, installation, customized solutions, and operations services for IT. In their conversation with VMware, we found that deployment automation is a critical requirement to many of their client’s consolidation plans, and they pointed out how vFabric Application Director is fundamental to the approach.
Join at the upcoming Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA on November 5-8.
Recent IDC research shows that worldwide spending on cloud services will grow almost threefold, reaching $44.2 billion by 2013. And a recent Gartner report predicts that the volume of enterprise data overall will increase by a phenomenal 650% over the next five years.
These two enterprise IT trends, Cloud Computing and Big Data, will converge at the 11th Cloud Expo – at the Santa Clara Convention Center. There are 200+ technical sessions covering everything from infrastructure to platforms to applications. Continue reading →
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
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.
vFabric RabbitMQ, based on the open source RabbitMQ project, has significantly updated the underlying RabbitMQ version to 2.8.1 in the latest VMware vFabric Suite 5.1 update.
The new vFabric RabbitMQ release represents a significant upgrade from the open source RabbitMQ 2.4.1 that vFabric 5.0 was based on, and brings the commercially supported vFabric RabbitMQ to parity with recent open source RabbitMQ releases by rolling up all of the interim code changes. Furthermore, users now have the option of choosing to use the commercially bundled vFabric RabbitMQ from VMware or using the open source RabbitMQ distribution with a single license. Either way a user chooses, they can receive the same reliable support from VMware.
New internal message flow control to limit memory use and make performance more predictable if the server is overloaded
Recovery has been simplified, improving startup times when many exchanges or bindings exist
Better performance under high load and memory pressure
Improved inbound network performance
Improved routing performance
Significant performance improvements to connection creation, durable queues, message storage, and large numbers of consumers
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.
Jeff Reed, Logicalis on working with VMware vFabric
Q2) What’s your firm’s background with Java, Spring, and Applications Development and Deployment?
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:
Logon to the Tier 3 Control Portal and go to Blueprints > Search for “vFabric Starter Kit”
Click on the vFabric Starter Kit Blueprint and on the next screen click Deploy Blueprint.
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.
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 is simple. Go to Tier 3 and activate your account, which will give you access to this Blueprint.
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