VMware made an open offer as a service platform, on Tuesday that supports multiple programming frameworks in the spring to Java, Ruby on Rails for Ruby and Sinatra.
The offer, called Cloud Foundry, is open in other ways too. Developers can use it in combination with any environment, public or private tag, even those not using VMware technology. They can also choose from a variety of application infrastructure services.
So far, PaaS providers have tended to tie users to their platform of choice and sometimes a specific cloud service. “But we knew that evolve because people want the portability of applications,” said George Hamilton, an analyst at Yankee Group. “Companies want the flexibility to develop applications and being able to port to different environments. It’s how they are used to develop software when they buy on the premises. ”
Because Cloud Foundry is open, you can make it easier for companies to change the internal environment applications to a cloud of groups, for example, or between different public clouds. “Now we can evaluate a cloud of public companies not based in its infrastructure but what are your other attributes of service,” he said.
VMware is offering access to Cloud Foundry in several ways.
VMware developers Operated Service, available now in beta, is designed for developers to test new services and operational optimization.
At some point this quarter, VMware plans to launch the Micro Cloud Cloud Foundry, an example Foundry Cloud downloadable content within a virtual machine. Developers can use at their desks Cloud Micro to develop and test their applications.
VMware also plans to offer a commercial version of Foundry Cloud for companies that want to offer PaaS capabilities within private clouds.
VMware has released the code behind Cloud Foundry as an open source project under the Apache 2 license. That means that developers can modify the software for their own needs, VMware said.
In addition to the Spring for Java, Ruby and Ruby on Rails for Sinatra, Cloud Foundry is also compatible with other JVM-based frameworks, including Grails. VMware has announced plans to allow additional programming frameworks as well.
For application services, Cloud Foundry initially support the MongoDB, MySQL and databases Redis, with planned support for VMware vFabric services.
Cloud Foundry opening may be attractive to some users, but not necessarily pose a fatal threat to PaaS providers such as Microsoft, said Hamilton. Microsoft Azure supports the environment. Network programming.
“The simple services like Azure PaaS to take charge a little more out of the developer,” he said. “But you lose a little flexibility to not have to worry about system administration.” Some developers may decide to give some flexibility to get the additional support provided by Azure or PaaS other offers.
Its success gaining the credibility of those will come down to marketing and community development, said. For example, Amazon Web Services, which is relatively open, and Google have good relations with developers, he said. However, Microsoft has had to work very hard to convince developers that it is “sort of” evil empire “when it comes to blocking Azure developers,” said Costa.
Because VMware has not set pricing details, however, Costa sounded a bit skeptical about whether Cloud Foundry will be truly free. PaaS providers usually lock users to a component so that the seller can earn revenue from each facility. Apparently, VMware is trying to build a large environment with the hope of earning only certain types of applications.
“I hope that’s what they’re doing, at least: It would be bad business people worry about monetizing every example of casting Cloud” he said.