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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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Updated vFabric GemFire 7 Delivers Fast, Reliable Data at Cloud-Scale

Doubling-down on in-memory data

Download GemFire 7Memory is faster than disk. People realize that when they need to support high performance on-line applications. Recently many traditional database providers latched onto this and started “washing” their offerings with in-memory variations. At the same time, new companies are jumping into the In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG) space with unproven offerings. However, enterprise data is not something many are willing to experiment on.

VMware has virtually pioneered the IMDG, even before it was a category. Its vFabric GemFire team has been at this for a while now with a proven, production-grade offering called vFabric GemFire. In its latest release, vFabric GemFire 7.0 brings a couple of key enhancements for developers and IT pros alike:

  • Improving developer productivity
  • Increasing operational efficiencies

These improvements are in addition to the already proven data consistency and reliability that many have come to expect form vFabric GemFire in their scale-out data architectures. Once more, VMware has shown, both the technical knowhow and the necessary experience in enterprise-grade in-memory data to support on Cloud-scale.
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VMware’s Serengeti – Virtualized Hadoop at Cloud-scale

Not long ago I covered the topic of Big Data adoption in the enterprise. In it, I described how Serengeti enables enterprise to respond to common Hadoop implementation challenges resulting from the lack of usable enterprise-grade tools and the shortage of infrastructure deployment skills.

With the latest release of open source Project Serengeti, VMware continues on its mission to deliver the easiest and most reliable virtualized Big Data platform. One of the most unique attributes of Serengeti Hadoop deployment is that it can easily coexist with other workloads on an existent infrastructure.

Serengeti-deployed Hadoop clusters can also be configured in either local or shared, scale-out data storage architecture. This storage layer can even be shared across multiple HDFS-based analytical workloads. And, in the future, this could potentially be extended to other, non-HDFS-based data engines.

The elasticity of underlining vSphere virtualization platform, helps Serengeti to achieve new levels of efficiency. This architecture enables organizations to share the existing infrastructure with Big Data analytical workloads to deliver optimal storage capacity and performance. Continue reading

vFabric VMworld Sessions available On Demand

For anyone that attended VMworld 2012, you can access content for all VMware sessions here.

If you did not attend, you can purchase a subscription to access the content online. Content from all previous years is free for all community members along with the 2012 General Session Keynotes.

For your convenience, we’ve provided a list and links to all the vFabric-related sessions below:
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Understanding App Delivery Controllers in Hybrid Clouds

Many call Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) the next generation of load balancers.  Same as load balancers, they sit in front of web servers. In addition to providing the balancing services, they now help improve scale, availability, fault tolerance, security, and routing. But, not all ADCs are delivered as pure software solutions, designed for cloud-based and virtualized deployments, or work in hybrid cloud environments—items which are becoming mainstream requirements for the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) that VMware sees as the future of cloud computing.

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Industry leaders across the board are gravitating to hybrid clouds for lower costs, no lock-in, greater flexibility, increased speed, built-in disaster recovery, and new capabilities. Of course, there are more reasons, and all these reasons are driving the need to get to a hybrid cloud model. In Sandhill.com’s recent “Leaders in the Cloud” research study from 2010 (and updated in 2011), they said, “our study surveyed more than 500 IT executives and indicated that the biggest growth will be in hybrid clouds (from 13 percent now to 43 percent in three years).”

In order to achieve the promises of hybrid clouds, VMware sees the need for a completely software driven data center so your applications are portable across disparate architectures.  By removing hardware devices, and creating application architectures where all infrastructure is virtualized, delivered as a service, and entirely automated by software, companies can now effectively move apps across clouds to meet their needs.
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Escape JEE Bloat: Implement a Lightweight App Server Architecture

If you follow this blog, you know we keep hearing people talk about simplicity when discussing app servers and architectures. We certainly heard this at JavaOne and also at VMworld, but it’s been popular for a while.

The fact is that traditional Java EE (JEE) app servers bring complexity to the mix.  In addition, they are costly and consume a lot of resources. Forrester wrote Continue reading

vFabric @ SpringOne Next Week

The vFabric team is headed to SpringOne 2GX 2012 next week – from October 15-18 in Washington, DC. This is set to be a great event to learn the latest on Spring with over 100 sessions covering a wide variety of topics. For those of you looking to learn more about how vFabric is the best place to run Spring applications, here are the highlights you won’t want to miss:

1. Sessions:  There are a number of speakers from SpringSource, CloudFoundry, and the VMware vFabric team on the schedule, including:

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5 Trends Driving Change in App Architectures

From mainframe to client-server to web-based to cloud-oriented, application architectures have evolved.  Now, the cloud services market will be over $100B in 2012 (source Gartner) and IaaS is set to grow 45.4% – extremely fast in a tough world economy. This growth means companies are prioritizing cloud services and evolving application architectures very quickly. From the viewpoint of our customers, we see five key themes driving change in IT application architectures:

1. Systems of Engagement
2. Pervasive Frameworks
3. Expanding Application Usage Types
4. Data Explosion
5. Cloud Economics
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Could You Consolidate Databases 13 to 1?

Over the last 18 months I have had the good fortune to talk to a lot of Virtualization Infrastructure Administrators on the subject of VMware and databases.  One of the things I hear the most is:

“We are 50% virtualized and our goal is to get to 75% this year.  To do that, we have to get a handle on our databases.”

While I appreciate the goal, this is easier said than done.  You see, I used to be part of the problem.

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VMware Expert on Virtualizing and Tuning Large Scale Middleware

Virtualization TuningAt VMworld-2012 San Francisco, the session APP-CAP1426 – The Benefits of Virtualization for Middleware was greatly attended, and we want to thank all of the attendees that helped us score 4.5 out of 5 in our survey results.  Because of this, the session is going to be presented at VMworld-2012 Barcelona, and we are posting related information here in this article.  Before reading this article, you might want to take a look at the related blog post we released before VMworld-2012 San Francisco.

NOTE: Just like in VMworld-2012 San Francisco, at Barcelona we will raffle copies of my book the Enterprise Java Applications Architecture on VMware

This year at the session, we went deep into tuning large-scale middleware and the discussion around JVM tuning was well received.  Hence as a follow-up, I wanted to share some of my more recent research, which will be discussed at VMworld-2012 Barcelona.  This focuses on tuning in-memory data management systems such as vFabric SQLFire.

The article below covers:

  • An Overview of GC Tuning
  • Parallel GC in Young Generation and CMS in Old Generation
  • GC Tuning Recipe
    • Step A – Young Generation Tuning
    • Step B – Old Generation Tuning
    • Step C – Survivor Spaces Tuning
  • JVM and GC Best Practices for vFabric SQLFire Members

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