In-Memory Database Comes to VMware vFabric 5.1
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The cloud makes it easy to build out pools of compute resources. But how do you scale out applications in the same way? That's the goal of VMware's latest vFabric 5.1 release.
The vFabric application development platform first debuted back in 2010 and has been evolving ever since. The vFabric 5.1 release now includes the vFabric Application Director, integration with in-memory database and traditional SQL database technology as well as full support for the open source Apache Tomcat application server.
"The vFabric Application Director is a tool that allows you to leverage the construct of a virtual machine to automate the deployment of application architecture," David McJannet, VMware's director of Cloud and Application Services, told InternetNews.com. "Application Director lets you create a blueprint so that every new web application you create for an environment for deployment can be replicated and automated."
The vFabric Application Director approach fits into VMware's overall Software Defined Data Center vision that CTO Steve Herrod articulated at Interop last week. It's a vision where software is the platform that defines how things work in a data center, instead of relying solely on hardware. While vFabric can automate application deployments, on its own it doesn't handle the infrastructure piece of the puzzle.
"Application Director is simply an exercise in creating common blueprints for application deployment," McJannet, said. "It presupposes that you already have a pool of infrastructure already setup, secured and available. Application Director is about leveraging infrastructure that is already in place."