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William Vambenepe works are architect in the Application and Middleware management group at Oracle. He blogs at http://stage.vambenepe.com/ William has posted 55 posts at DZone. View Full User Profile

Thoughts on VMWare, SpringSource and PaaS

08.27.2009
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I am late to the party for  commenting on the upstream and downstream acquisitions involving SpringSource. I was away on vacations, but Rod Johnson obviously didn’t have too many holiday plans of his own in August.

First came the acquisition by VMWare. Then the acquisition of Cloud Foundry and the launch of its SpringSource reincarnation.

You’ve all read a lot about this already, so I’ll limit myself to a few bullet-point comments.

  • I was wrong to think at the time of the Hyperic acquisition that SpringSource would focus on app-centric management, BTM and transaction tracing more than Cloud computing and automation.
  • This move by VMWare helps me make some of the points I have been trying to make internally about Cloud computing.
  • This is a step in the progress from “fake machines” to true “virtual machines” (note to self: I may have to stop referring to “fake machines” as “VMWare-style virtual machines”).
  • Savio Rodrigues makes some interesting points, especially on the difference between a framework and a runtime.
  • Many people have hypervisors, a management console and middleware bits. If you are industry-darlings VMWare/SpringSource people seem more willing to assume that you can put them all in a bag, shake it and out comes a PaaS platform than if you are boring old Oracle, Microsoft or IBM. Fine. But let’s see how the (very real) potential gets delivered. Kudos to Adrian Colyer for taking a shot at describing it in a reasonable way, though there is still a fair amount of hand-waving… and already a drift towards the “I don’t need no cluster, I have a hypervisor and everything is a VM” reflex.
  • The “what does it mean for RedHat” angle seems to miss the point to me and be a byproduct of over-focusing on the “open source” aspect which is not all that relevant. This is more about Oracle, Microsoft and IBM than RedHat in my view.
  • Won’t it be fun when Cisco, VMWare and BMC are all one company and little SpringSource calls the shots from within (I have seen this happen more than once during my days at HP Software)?
  • I have no opinion on the question of whether VMWare over-paid or not. I’ll tell you in two years… :-)
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