VMware Introduces Cloud Application Platform to Drive IT as a Service

New VMware vFabric™ includes modern application framework and integrated platform services to deliver speed, portability, and optimized use of cloud infrastructure

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31, 2010 — Today at VMworld 2010, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, introduced its cloud application platform strategy and solutions, enabling developers to build and run modern applications that intelligently share information with underlying infrastructure to maximize application performance, quality of service and infrastructure utilization.

VMware vFabric™ cloud application platform combines the market-leading Spring Java development framework with platform services including lightweight application server, global data management, cloud-ready messaging, dynamic load balancing and application performance management. Applications built on VMware vFabric provide performance and portability across heterogeneous cloud environments.

Principles that have defined today’s most demanding consumer applications – built-in scalability, new data models, distributed infrastructures – are heavily influencing the production of new internal customer enterprise applications.  As such, these modern applications need to support dynamic user interactions, low-latency data access and virtual infrastructure all while meeting the security and compliance demands of the enterprise.  VMware vFabric is uniquely optimized for cloud computing’s increasingly dynamic architectures, unlike traditional middleware that requires complete stack control.

“With the rise of virtualization and modern development frameworks, a fundamentally more productive and portable approach to delivering new applications has emerged,” said Rod Johnson, SVP of the application platform division of VMware. “We're moving into an era where developers can build great applications and immediately deploy those applications onto a modern platform that provisions and configures itself on demand and intelligently runs and scales the application based on policy.”

"IT is undergoing a transformation: Applications are changing, infrastructure is changing, and organizations are looking for a pathway to harness the promise of the cloud,” said Rachel Chalmers, director, Infrastructure, The 451 Group.  “Application platforms of today have markedly different requirements than those we have relied upon in the past. VMware vFabric™ is evolving to meet the needs of today's organizations."

VMware vFabric Delivers Developer Productivity and Operational Agility for Cloud-generation Applications

Applications are increasingly built with modern development frameworks that leverage runtime and data management services that are much more agile and designed for virtualization. An open solution, VMware vFabric will initially target the 2.5 million users that develop Spring Java applications. VMware vFabric will deliver the following key benefits:

  • Maximize Speed and Innovation: Customers can bring modern applications to market faster and with less complexity; new applications can be delivered in days or weeks rather than months or years, and at scale.
  • Extend the Benefits of Virtualization to the Application: VMware vFabric can coordinate with underlying infrastructure to help ensure optimal application performance, quality of service and infrastructure resource utilization.
  • An Evolutionary Path to the Cloud: Developers will be able to build new applications in a familiar and productive way while enabling the choice of where to run them, whether on premise or in public clouds such as VMforce™ or Google.

Spring Framework

Spring can speed development by more than 50 percent through developer tools and features that make it easy to create new applications that:

  • Provide a rich, modern user experience across a range of platforms, browsers and personal devices
  • Integrate applications using proven Enterprise Application Integration patterns, including batch processing
  • Access data in a wide range of structured and unstructured formats
  • Leverage popular social media services and cloud service APIs

VMware vFabric Integrated Application Services

The VMware cloud application platform delivers modern middleware infrastructure to developers, application architects and IT teams as a collection of cloud-scale, integrated services:

  • Lightweight Application Server: tc Server, an enterprise version of Apache Tomcat, is optimized for Spring and VMware vSphere™ and can be instantaneously provisioned to meet the scalability needs of modern applications.
  • Data Management Services: GemFire speeds application performance and eliminates database bottlenecks by providing real-time access to globally distributed data.
  • Cloud-Ready Messaging Service: RabbitMQ™ facilitates communications between applications inside and outside the datacenter.
    Dynamic Load Balancer: ERS, an enterprise version Apache web server, helps ensure optimal performance by distributing and balancing application load.
  • Application Performance Management: Hyperic™ enables proactive performance management through transparent visibility into modern applications deployed across physical, virtual and cloud environments.
Additional Resources

Spring and the VMware vFabric family of products are available today for download.  For additional information about VMware’s cloud application platform, please visit www.springsource.com/products/cloud-application-platform.

About VMware

VMware delivers virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes.  With the industry leading virtualization platform – VMware vSphere™ – customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2009 revenues of $2.9 billion, more than 190,000 customers and 25,000 partners, VMware is the leader in virtualization which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com

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Forward-Looking Statements

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