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10 Lessons from Spring Applied to Java Virtualization with vFabric

The Spring Framework became the de-facto standard for developing enterprise Java applications, and its radical simplicity was fundamental to its success. Why the “radical” simplicity? Because at the time, it was hard to imagine how creating such applications could be made simple.

By tackling issues such as portability, understanding the importance of cross-cutting concerns, and making it trivial to develop automated tests, Spring allowed developers to focus on what matters: what makes their application unique.

As I was pulling together my presentation for SpringOne2GX 2012, I reflected on the parallels between Spring’s success and the direction we were going with EM4J. Why did Spring succeed? Why did simplification win? Where are we replicating these patterns within VMware, vFabric, and Java?

In short, complexity is expensive, and simplification has many economic benefits. By giving people better, simpler, and easier to use tools to help build, run, and manage applications, we create economic advantages.

In a nutshell, there are some core reasons why Spring succeeded, “Spring values” if you will: Reducing complexity, increasing productivity, provisioning flexibility, tooling and monitoring, extensibility, automation, flexible integration and ease of testing. Continue reading

Scaling and Modernizing .NET and Java: SQLFire Performance Test Blows Away Traditional RDBMS

We all know the devil is in the details when it comes to technology.

Yet, our recent vFabric SQLFire performance test (a benchmark from vFabric SQLFire Best Practices Guide) is certainly worth review if you need to scale a Java app, .NET app, or other legacy data source.

If you don’t know what vFabric SQLFire is, it is basically what happens when Apache Derby gets married to vFabric GemFire:

  • Apache Derby is used for its RDBMS components, JDBC driver, query engine, and network server.
  • The partitioning technology of GemFire is used to implement horizontal partitioning features of vFabric SQLFire.
  • vFabric SQLFire specifically enhances the Apache Derby components, such as the query engine, the SQL interface, data persistence, and data eviction, as well as adding additional components like SQL commands, stored procedures, system tables, functions, persistence disk stores, listeners, and locators, to operate a highly distributed and fault tolerant data management cluster.

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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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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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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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How IT Will Come Out On Top of The Cloud

Virtualization is about to change the game again in the datacenter. As the modern computing world has become comfortable with cloud computing, their appetite is accelerating for it, and doing so rapidly. In fact, Gartner recently reported that spending on public cloud services will be $109 billion this year, up from $91 billion from last year’s spend. And it will nearly double to $207 billion by 2016. That’s a consistent increase of over 20% each year, and the fastest growing area of spend according to their predictions

And guess what? Some of them are in your business, and you probably don’t even know it. Analysts are calling this trend “shadow IT” where end users decide to implement their own CRM solution with a simple credit card swipe. Or where a business unit decides to build and test an app on Amazon instead of internally on your infrastructure. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has data that shows large enterprises (averaging $500MM in revenue a year) “leak” as much as 30% of their IT budget outside of IT’s purview and ledger. Not only do these costs surprise the CIO, but they also fall outside of IT’s ability to govern, secure and maintain compliance. And of course, when things go wrong, IT is drawn into help troubleshoot a solution they have little knowledge of, exhausting resources very quickly. Continue reading

Powering Mobile Architecture with vFabric

Mobile is driving a lot of new application development. But, how can vFabric help?

We’ve all heard the incredible growth trends of mobile. As an example, “The Future of Mobile” presentation by Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider (2012), shows how mobile apps are now a $10B market and growing at 100% per year. See below.

This has led a number of companies, including Google, to adopt “mobile first” development strategies: build first for smartphones, then for laptops and desktops. At other companies, such as Urbanspoon, mobile growth is outpacing their desktop web traffic. It’s said that if Facebook were built today, it would be a mobile app.

The Mobile UI Development Dilemma

The challenge facing mobile application developers is that there are three major mobile UI technology stacks – iOS, Android Java, and HTML5 (mobile web), each with their own pros and cons. Continue reading

How Even the Ocean (Data) Is In The Cloud

Recently, VMware worked with the Ocean Observatory Initiative to discuss an interesting case study that affects us all. The U.S. has built an ocean of big data on the ocean itself. Currently, we are collecting about 8 terabytes a day or 3 petabytes a year of data about the ocean in order to more efficiently and safely study the body of water that covers over 70% of earth.

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is a 25-year program responsible for managing a networked set of 100s of sensor instruments that sit in the ocean, take measurements, send data back to a massive data infrastructure, and make data-sets and reports available to oceanographers, scientists, educators, and the public on a very broad scale. This system, quite literally, is a Hubble Telescope for observing the ocean. While this mega-system has an amazing history and tons of interesting capabilities, we think it’s pretty cool that VMware vSphere and vFabric RabbitMQ play key roles. Continue reading