Xen.org, the open source community behind the leading IaaS cloud computing hypervisor finally made a bold move today by stepping up to the plate of delivering a complete open source virtual infrastructure for cloud platforms. Prior to this release, Xen.org had been content to manage and maintain the core Xen hypervisor and let its partners all build solutions around it. The problem with this approach was that while the hypervisor itself was compatible between these solutions the infrastructure and how you managed it were not.
VMware, usually known for virtualization software, has come out of left field with a shrewd move purchasing app dev. company SpringSource, which is likely to be paired up with part of their VCloud and VSphere offerings as part of their ongoing construction of a new kind of operating system. A move like this suggests VMware is hoping to increase visibility and earn additional OS-relevance.
Hear more about VMware's new acquisition in the podcast featuring myself and fellow Forrester Analysts Mike Gualtieri and Jeffrey Hammond — download at the link below.
If you’ve been wondering why an infrastructure leader would acquire a developer framework, the answer is a bit more complex that what shows
on the surface — and a lot more strategic. As stated in the press release and in the blogs by VMware CTO Steve Herrod and SpringSource
CEO Rod Johnson, the acquisition
helps by, “creating a single, integrated, build-run-manage solution for the
data center, private clouds,
and public clouds.” For the developer they will be able to use SpringSource
tools to fully describe their application as a VMware vApp “a deployment blueprint that describes how the various
machine images, middleware, and management components fit together and then
we can take that blueprint and ‘make it so’ with a single click,” Johnson added
in his blog.
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