Making it easier to take Java apps to the cloud


KUALA LUMPUR: Developing Java applications on a cloud infrastructure is a complex task, involving the configuring, integrating and managing of a host of storage and application servers.

Virtualisation giant VMware Inc and enterprise cloud-computing expert Salesforce.com believe their new offering, VMforce, simplifies the Java-application developers’ tasks.

The tasks are simplified to the extent that the developers can merely drag and drop applications into the cloud, they said.

Ed Lenta, general manager of VMware (S) Pte Ltd, said that with VMforce every Java developer is automatically a cloud-computing applications developer.

He said VMforce frees the developers from the cost and complexity of managing hardware and software, which leaves them more time and energy to concentrate on actual applications development.

Java is the primary language for enterprise-application development. The vast majority of such applications are built on that programming language.

“There are six million Java developers in the world. VMforce will dramatically simplify how enterprise Java developers can harness the economics of cloud computing,” Lenta told In.Tech.

He said VMforce will run on Salesforce.com’s trusted cloud-computing infrastructure, which handles an average of 250 million transactions daily from more than 72,500 customers worldwide for their most important business applications and their most sensitive data.

Cloud computing enables businesses to “rent” solutions via the Internet instead of having to buy software licences to run the programs on company computers and servers.

Evolving

VMforce is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to VMware’s new offerings for the application developers.

Since last year, VMware has been blazing an acquisition trail. It acquired SpringSource, a programming model for enterprise applications last August.

Lenta explained the rationale behind the acquisition. “The vast majority of enterprise applications built on Java are built of the SpringSource framework. One out of three developers use it, so it makes sense for us to offer it as part of our solutions,” he said.

VMware also snapped up RabbitMQ in April, an open-source messaging framework that allows enterprise applications to communicate with each other.

According to Lenta, RabbitMQ reduces the complexity associated with the development, deployment and management of enterprise applications.

VMware also acquired open-source e-mail and collaboration solutions vendor Zimbra in January, to boost its software-as-a-service e-mail and collaboration capabilities.

“With these new offerings, our sights are firmly set on the cloud. VMware is now a one-stop centre for cloud-computing solutions,” Lenta added.

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