When CloudFoundry was announced, my first thought was this is a nightmare waiting to happen. Why do I think this?Because I was not thinking about Open Source developers but enterprise developers and the biggest issue with enterprise development is that the data used by developers is either made up data, but more often than not is actual production data. So the question becomes how can such data be protected when using PaaS public clouds?
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For a developer, and subsequently the team of people that has to support certain kinds of applications in production, a PaaS cloud can be a wonderful thing. Why can a PaaS cloud be so wonderful? Because if you have a web based application based upon Java, Ruby-on-Rails, or .NET you can find a cloud provider that handles the entire hardware and software platform for your application.
Two of the most significant announcements involved the consolidation of VMware’s recent acquisitions in the applications platform space into vFabric and the addition of a management offering (vCloud Director) to vCloud which are respectively PaaS and IaaS plays that compete feature-wise with the established market leaders.
In VMworld from an Open Source Perspective, we mentioned that in its SpringSource subsidiary, VMware had managed to acquire an entire application stack. The big VMworld announcement was they’ve given this a name – vFabric. You can tell it’s a core VMware product – it begins with a small “v”.
Oracle (who by virtue of the acquisition of Sun owns Java) announced late on Thursday August 13th that it has filed suit against Google for infringing upon copyrights and patents related to Java. “In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement,” Oracle spokeswoman Karen Tillman said in a statement. The full complaint may be found here.
Virtualization of servers, the initial business of the VMware, and still the source of the lion’s share of VMware’s revenue is about injecting a layer of software between the hardware in the data center and the operating systems as a result of this additional level of layering providing a set of additional set of functions (easier backup, easier disaster recover, flexibility, etc.). This business is entirely independent of the operating systems and the applications running on those operating systems.
Today, VMware and SalesForce.com announced VMforce, “the first enterprise cloud for Java Developers”. VMforce is therefore the latest Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. For those of you not steeped in cloud acronyms, a PaaS cloud includes the hardware, the necessary OS bits, the virtualization layer, and an application runtime environment (think Google AppEngine). The other types of clouds are Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) which is just the hardware, the virtualization layer and the OS bits (think Amazon EC2), and Application or Software as a Service (SaaS) which is the full application (think SalesForce.com).