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A Tale of Modernization: Stopping Bank Robbers as a Service (20 Billion Times to Date)

Pirates. Pick pockets. Bank Robbers.

What do these have to do with applications modernization?

Well, bank robbers have turned digital, and this article is about modernizing one of the most successful systems used to stop them.

Stealing credit card numbers, emptying online bank accounts and stealing identities is now big business for thieves and consequently a big area for software companies and banks to collaborate and stop them. Cybercrime and malware have become such an issue that, according to Gartner, the web fraud detection market (where RSA competes) grew 35% in 2010 and 25% in 2011.

RSA is in the business of stopping banks and their customers from being robbed (among other things). Their technology has protected people, businesses, and financial institutions from online fraud for almost 20 years. Their Adaptive Authentication solution is deployed at over 8000 companies, used by over 200 million people, and has protected over 20 billion transactions to date. To jump on the “everything as a service” bandwagon, Adaptive Authentication is literally embarking on a project to “Stop Bank Robbers as a Service.”

We had the opportunity to catch up with the RSA engineering team that is developing this next-generation service using a wide range of VMware capabilities, including VMware vCloud Suite and vFabric. We learned that VMware virtualization infrastructure management, application performance management, automated provisioning, and application servers are already providing benefits along with improved runtimes, and got a peek into how they plan to do the financial side of IT business management using VMware tools.

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VMware Releases 3 Major Advances Toward the Software-Defined Datacenter

VMware customers are realizing the potential for the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC), where infrastructure is delivered as a service through automated data center management. At VMworld Europe earlier this year, we announced that vFabric Application Director was becoming part of the vCloud Suite, VMware’s comprehensive cloud infrastructure solution that integrates VMware’s leading virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into a single SKU, placing it easily within reach of virtualization infrastructure architects to deliver private cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Today, VMware announces three major releases that further advance customers toward making the SDDC a reality.

  1. A new version of VMware vFabric Application Director 5.0 is available, including as part of the updated VMware vCloud Suite 5.1. The release features new and enhanced capabilities for simplifying and automating provisioning of applications to the cloud and the setup of PaaS environments. For more information on the vCloud Suite release, see the press release.
  2. VMware has released an open marketplace, called the VMware Cloud Applications Marketplace, where partners, developers and VMware can easily publish and download many of the pre-built components application teams need to build their apps.
  3. A new Application Management 5.0 Suite, which combines new releases of vFabric Application Director and vFabric Application Performance Manager together to allow IT to provide self-service provisioning and integrated application management to application owners and developers building scalable applications in the cloud. Continue reading

Free Event in London on Dec 6th: Automate Provisioning of Spring Apps to EC2 & VMware vCloud

If you missed it at SpringOne 2GX, VMware’s David Winterfeldt will be presenting “Automated Provisioning of Spring Apps to EC2 & VMware vCloud” for free at Skills Matter on December 6th at 18:30PM.  It’s location is the Skills Matter eXchange.

Whether you are an executive interested in Spring-related trends or a Java developer and architect looking to simplify your Java architecture, automated deployment of Spring-based apps allows companies to do things like this:

You might be interested in learning more about how this type of provisioning works…and it’s free!

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Application Director Community is Open & Growing

With the announcement at VMworld that vFabric Application Director is now part of VMware’s vCloud Suite, the popularity of the product and usage among VMware users has grown significantly. In order to best support a group of diverse users creating cloud applications that can run on any cloud, VMware has created a new community for Application Director users.

But why? Why is application provisioning becoming so popular?
Well, here is how the story is unfolding.

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Why IT Departments are Prioritizing Application Director
If you look at it through an extremely pragmatic, financially conscious lens, it’s not terribly difficult to imagine how things evolve as IT looks to prioritize improvements. Here is an example of how we have seen our customers thought processes unfold in discussions:
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Buying vSphere or vCloud? Get a Free vFabric Suite Advanced License

As most followers of this blog know, vFabric Suite is a lightweight, scalable, integrated middleware suite for on-site or cloud-based data-intensive custom applications. It is the best Cloud Application Platform for running Spring/Java on virtualized infrastructure. This free license is worth checking out for a myriad of reasons – for example, you can:

Customers who place an order (from an authorized reseller, the VMware website, or VMware) that contains an eligible SKU (most vSphere and vCloud Suite SKUs, acceleration kits and upgrades, EXCEPT vSphere Essentials), will receive a Promotion Code redeemable for one (1) VM license (up to two vCPUs per VM) of vFabric Suite Advanced 5.2 with a corresponding one (1) year of Basic Support and Subscription Services for each license at no additional charge.

This promotion ends November 30, 2012 and you have until January 31, 2013 to redeem the promotion code.

For frequently asked questions, a list of eligible product SKUs, and further details, visit the promotion page.

Rearview Mirror: The Evolution of Hyperic Over the Past 6 Years

An early design for mousepad giveaways from 2007 that I still use as my mousepad today.

Today is a new kind of birthday for me—it’s the day I started at Hyperic 6 years ago. It’s a journey that has been nothing short of surprising. My first meeting with then CEO Javier Soltero started the pace of what was to come: I had no idea it was an interview walking in, and was even more surprised when I walked out of that same interview accepting a job that same night. That sets the tone for the next 6 years.

It’s been an exciting journey riding the waves of technology changes these past 6 years, and sitting, in my opinion, in the perfect spot to see some of the biggest disruptors unfold.  I have literally had the privilege to work with the most interesting companies in technology along the way. Most of the biggest companies on the web, many of the biggest companies on the stock market, and some incredibly innovative startups have used our software, partnered with us, and in two cases—acquired us. From this vantage point, I have seen some impressive changes in our industry along the way. Here are some of the highlights:
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How to Leverage Existing Application Director Templates in the New Beta Release

vFabric Application Director has been getting quite a lot of attention recently. The success of our own internal IT project and how they reduced application provisioning time by 90% and costs by 30% has spread and customers are trying it out. It’s been getting such good adoption that VMware decided to make it even easier for customers to use it by including it into the newly expanded vCloud Suite, announced at VMworld earlier this month. Additionally, the Beta Program for Application Director has been underway for a couple months and customers are testing out the upgrade paths from their current deployment to their beta deployment.

One area customers are updating frequently is updating their catalog of available virtual machines templates that are registered in vCloud Director to work with Application Director blueprints. The process is usually fairly quick, and the steps are outlined here:

1. Instantiate and power up the Application Director 1.0 template vApp in vCloud Director.

2. Log in to the virtual machine as the user root.

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vFabric Application Director and vCloud Suite at Gartner ITxpo

The VMware team is coming to Gartner’s ITxpo in Orlando next week and we will be showing off the brand new VMware vCloud Suite with vFabric Application Director!

In a nutshell, the vCloud Suite helps IT automate application deployments in a way that is very similar to how public cloud providers like Amazon’s are provisioned today—on demand by end users. The vCloud Suite helps IT organizations transform themselves into service providers, and provides them with the framework to ensure your cloud infrastructure is optimized, cost effective, secure and flexible enough to meet any business demands.

If you are coming to the Gartner ITxpo 2012, please join us at any of the VMware sessions, schedule time with our team, or stop by the booth and spend time with VMware experts to learn about VMware’s vision for the software defined data center, the VMware vCloud Suite, and vFabric Application Director.  Here is where you can find us: Continue reading

VMware @Zendcon Oct 22-25 in Santa Clara, CA

VMware will be at Zendcon next week!  Of course, there will be content covering PHP best practices, architecture, design, and development. As well, a key theme this year will be around cloud-based technologies.  Komal Mangtani, VMware Engineering Director, will be presenting a session about Application Director and Zend Server on Tuesday, October 23rd, from 5:15p to 6:15p.

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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.