The End of Life (EOL) process has begun for vFabric Enterprise Ready Server (ERS). The end of availability date is July 1, 2013, after which ERS will no longer be available for purchase. After this date, existing customers will be able to use their active deployments and will continue to benefit from support until their active subscription and support agreement (SnS) runs out. The end of general support (EOGS) date is July 1, 2014.
All ERS customers are encouraged to convert or deploy vFabric Web Server, the product that replaces the ERS bundle. Web Server has been integrated with the latest open source runtimes, security patches, and bug fixes, as well as adding new product features that better serve enterprise customers deploying applications across virtualized and cloud environments.
ERS customers with perpetual licenses and active support and subscription agreements (SnS) are entitled to a one-time $0 conversion to vFabric Web Server and open source Apache Tomcat Support. ERS customers with term licenses are eligible to convert to equivalent vFabric Web Server term licenses at the same price as ERS for HTTP term license and optionally add Apache Tomcat support or vFabric tc Server licenses.
Disabled SSL/TLS Compression. OpenSSL compression is now disabled by default for protection against the CRIME exploit vector. The mod_ssl “SSLCompression on” configuration option is added to allow the administrator to re-enable compression. See Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2012-4929. Continue reading →
vFabric Suite 5.2 has been released and is now available for VMware customers to download and deploy. Considered a minor release, this update fulfills VMware’s desire to update the 13 different application components that comprise the suite every six months. The improvements across the products for this version focus on improving standardization and consistency across products, an important maintenance effort as several of the products are relatively new to the vFabric product portfolio. Customers will universally benefit from standardization across products on five fronts:
At VMworld in San Francisco, several partners shared success stories at the vFabric partner panel. As moderator for this session, I worked extensively with the three vFabric Partners prior to the event and uncovered a common theme – these experts are top notch at what they do and enjoy doing it. Each Partner had a unique vFabric story about successful implementations. Partners on the panel included Nancy Turbe with EMC consulting, Jeff Reed with Logicalis and Juan Garcia from Williams and Garcia. Their stories covered:
(Note: See a newer article on the renamed SpringTrader.) vFabric’s Reference Application, Nanotrader, provides customers with an end-to-end solution for developing, provisioning, and managing a distributed application in a cloud environment. The reference application and architecture provide customers and partners with a blueprint for development, infrastructure, and operations teams.
The Nanotrader application is based on the web based Trading application, Day Trader. The legacy Day Trader application provides context for application modernization by representing the “before” picture while Nanotrader provides developers with a blueprint for achieving the “after” picture. Functionally, both applications allow users to login, view their portfolio, lookup stock quotes, and buy or sell stock shares. However, this is where their similarity ends. The following table describes key high-level differences in the application design: Continue reading →
Released in May as part of the VMware vFabric Suite 5.1, the latest version of VMware vFabric Web Server, VMware’s commercial web server (based on the popular Apache HTTP Server project), includes a number of improvements in the areas of manageability and security. July heralds an incremental update version 5.1.1, with enhancements to security, mod_ssl and other components.
There are a number of improvements in the area of manageability, including RPMs for Linux in addition to traditional self-extracting zip packages, which support rollback and parallel installation. A number of new platforms are supported in addition to Windows and Linux, most notably Solaris on both Intel/AMD and Sparc hardware.
Improving Manageability with mod_bmx
The most interesting new development for vFabric Web Server is that it is the first Apache HTTPD-based web server shipped with mod_bmx to support monitoring and management.
If you are a professional application developer or systems administrator, you probably already have your “IT toolbelt” of applications, scripts and utilities you use to keep your applications running. You are probably also strapped for time and resources since the challenge of doing more with less seems to grow exponentially every year (whose working on that 48 hour day for us anyway?). So, why would you consider a relatively new tool to help manage your applications?
Well, if your applications are virtualized or running in the cloud, if you need to be able to respond better for performance issues, you might want to read a few more reasons on why you should give vFabric Application Performance Manager (APM) a try:
One change in vFabric Suite 5.1 is that the EULA now requires people to check their usage every 90 days. This is listed www.vfabric.co/eula – further below, there is an explanation on the simple way to get a report on this information:
At least once every ninety (90) days during the License Term (the ” Reporting Period”), You shall calculate, using all tools reasonably available to you, the average number of Virtual Machines in which You have run the Software during such Reporting Period (” Average Use”). If during any Reporting Period Your Average Use exceeds the number of licenses for which You have paid the applicable license fees, You shall: (i) report the excess use to VMware, within thirty (30) days of making the calculation, by providing written notice to email@example.com; and (ii) pay to VMware, within thirty (30) days of the date of VMware’s invoice, the license fees due for such additional licenses. The day following an Average Use calculation shall begin a new Reporting Period.
The vFabric License Server makes it easy to get a quick view of license and product usage over time. The simplest way to find overall usage is to visit the web report interface. Simply enter the URL in a browser: https://host:8443/vfabric-license-server/report/create where host is the address of the computer in which you installed the vFabric License Server. You’ll see this page in your browser:
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.
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.