VMware this week announced the beta of Cloud Foundry, it’s open-source Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution. Cloud Foundry integrates the Java development framework technology Spring which VMware acquired from Springsource in August 2009. Springsource at that time already acquired infrastructure management firm Hyperic, for which the funding was provided by VMware. Cloud Foundry also integrates the messaging technology from RabbitMQ, which VMware acquired in April last year. Also in April last year, VMware announced a partnership with Salesforce.com for VMForce.com and also announced a partnership with Google for AppEngine in May last year all leveraging these acquired technologies . VMware also acquired data grid technology company GemStone in May last year. Beginning this month VMware also acquired cloud-based backup services provider Mozy from EMC.
Cloud Foundry supports multiple developer frameworks, initially it will support Spring for Java, Rails and Sinatra for Ruby and Node.js. Also other JVM-based frameworks like Grails are supported. Cloud Foundry also supports several Application Services, supporting MySQL, MongoDB and Redis intially and VMware expects to expand the support in the coming months to other Application Services including VMware’s own vFabric application service. Cloud Foundry can be deployed on several types of clouds as well, it can be deployed in Private and Public clouds, running on top of vSphere and the vCloud infrastructure, but it can also run on top of Amazon EC2 using the IaaS management solution from RightScale. Cloud Foundry can also run locally in a single development environment (VMware Fusion or Player) which VMware calls a Micro Cloud.
Cloud Foundry will be available as a complete hosted PaaS environment through CloudFoundry.com which is available for free in beta, and as an open source project at CloudFoundry.org, which is led by VMware. The Micro Cloud is still to be released and will be provided in a VMware Fusion or Player VM running locally.
It’s obvious that VMware is seeking direct competition with Microsoft and its Platform as a Service solution Azure running Microsoft’s .NET platform, but also with Google, IBM, Oracle, Salesforce.com and Amazon AWS. Due to the extended support for multiple widely used solutions/platforms this is a very strong solution which is able to support this.
VMware now also offers a similar solutions that several of its partners provide as well, as Chris Wolf, Research VP of Gartner mentions in his blogpost of last week titled: Is VMware a Provider or Enabler?
With the past two announcements, you could say that VMware isn’t stepping on the toes of its provider partners, but it is standing so close to their toes that it is making them uncomfortable.
He also notes:
VMware can’t remain primarily as a platform for Windows applications in an area where Microsoft is a direct competitor. That story always ends the same. So the success of Open PaaS is very strategic to VMware because in my opinion VMware needs a strong application platform to compete against the likes of Microsoft and Oracle long term.
Brian Gracely, Cloud Evangelist at Cisco also shares some interesting thoughts, in his article titled:”101 Thoughts about the “Cloud Foundry” Announcement”
- How much will we see applications moving from one cloud to another, or is the portability and open-source aspect just an insurance policy for running it on an existing IaaS/PaaS environment that may not be able to create enough cross-linkage, traffic or overall value?
- Anything that creates the ability for developers to create portability in an application is almost always a good thing. [NOTE: Can't think of when it wouldn't be a good thing...]
- One of the goals of Cloud Computing is to hide the “where did it come from” from the user. This seems to be a step in the right direction, whether you’re an Enterprise, Web Company or a ISV/iPhone/Android developer.
- There are pros and cons to this being released as an open-source project. It obviously speeds up the pace of innovation, but equally speeds the race to $0 for many aspects around this business. It all depends on which side of that $0 you’re on.
blog comments powered by Disqus
cloudcomputing.info Newest articles
July 24th, 2014
On July 22 Microsoft announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2014.
Total revenue for the quarter ended June 30 was $23.38 billion. Looking at the financials details we…
July 24th, 2014
On July 23, Citrix announced its financial results for second quarter of fiscal year 2014, ended June 30, 2014.
Citrix announced a total revenue of $782 million, for an increase of 7%…
July 23rd, 2014
The Xen Project, the community which develops the Xen hypervisor under the GNU Public License (GPLv) and which is now part of the Linux foundation has released version 2.0 of…
July 23rd, 2014
Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator, formerly known as Extility, is a cloud management platform that can claim one of the highest levels of maturity in the market.
The product enables service providers…
July 23rd, 2014
On July 22, VMware released the results about its growth for Q2 2014.
VMware, announced a total revenue growth of $1.46 billion, for an increase of 17 percent compared to Q2 2013.
July 22nd, 2014
OpenNebula has just released the Beta version of its OpenNebula 4.8, codename “Lemon Slice”, that finally introduces the long awaited support for public clouds providers others than Amazon AWS….
July 21st, 2014
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is one of the hot challenges that nowadays enterprises are facing, that’s why AirWatch acquisition, made by VMware earlier this year, is extremely significative together…
July 16th, 2014
The Indian company VMUnify, originated from MindTree’s innovation program, announced this week the general availability of version 3.0 of its homonymous solution for managing Virtual Infrastructure Enterprises, Private or…
July 15th, 2014
vCloud Hybrid Service is VMware’s owned and operated IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) offering, released in September 2013 in the US only and extended to Europe (UK) in February 2014….
July 10th, 2014
Red Hat has released its OpenStack platform version 5. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform is able to create, deploy, and scale a public or private OpenStack cloud. The…
July 4th, 2014
Racemi, an American company headquartered in Atlanta, founded in 2000, provides server workload migrations between dissimilar physical, virtual, and cloud platforms announced to have raised $10 million in Series…
July 3rd, 2014
HP has released a paper titled: “HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS“. The paper which contains 15 pages provides guidance in the deployment of an OpenStack Icehouse…
July 1st, 2014
On June 30th, IBM released two different news announcing one the availability of its open cloud development platform as a service Bluemix, the other revealing the opening of the new…
July 1st, 2014
Microsoft has released version 9.1 of its capactiy planning tool the Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP). This version is the follow-up of version 9.0 which was released in December last…