New Flexible Licensing, Deployment and Scaling Will Align Application Infrastructure with Cloud Computing
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 16, 2011 — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization
and cloud infrastructure, today announced VMware vFabric™ 5, an integrated application platform for virtual
and cloud environments. Combining the market-leading Spring development framework for Java and the latest
generation of vFabric application services, vFabric 5 will provide the core application platform for building,
deploying and running modern applications. vFabric 5 introduces for the first time a flexible packaging and
licensing model that will allow enterprises to purchase application infrastructure software based on virtual
machines, rather than physical hardware CPUs, and to pay only for the licenses in use. This model will eliminate
the decades old need for organizations to purchase excess software in anticipation of peak loads, incurring
significant costs and allowing software licenses to sit dormant outside of peak periods. The model in vFabric 5
more closely aligns to cloud computing models that directly link the cost of software with use, consumption and
value delivered to the organization.
“Cloud computing is reshaping not just how IT resources are consumed by the business, but how those resources
are purchased, licensed and delivered,” said Tod Nielsen, President, Application Platform, VMware. “While
application infrastructure technologies have advanced to meet the needs of today’s enterprise, to date, the
business models have remained rigid and out of date. With the introduction of VMware vFabric 5, VMware will
inextricably link the cost of application infrastructure software to volume utilized by the organization and the value
delivered back to the business, helping all organizations advance further toward a cloud environment.”
Optimized for vSphere
vFabric 5 is engineered specifically to take advantage of the server architecture of VMware vSphere®, the most
widely deployed virtualization platform. The new Elastic Memory for Java (EM4J) capability that will be available
in vFabric tc Server will allow for optimal management of memory across Java applications through the use
of memory ballooning in the JVM. This capability, in combination with VMware vSphere will enable greater
application server density for Java workloads on vFabric.
“The integration of memory management across the infrastructure and application platform layers is significant.
By allowing for greater application server density customers will be able to gain greater efficiencies,” said Maureen
Fleming, program vice president of IDC's business process management and middleware research. “Another
important area of efficiency critical to enterprises is cost efficiency. Modernizing licensing to a VM unit of price for
virtualized and cloud-enabled application platforms aligns well with enterprise needs."
Best Platform to Run Spring Applications
Over 3 million developers use the Spring framework to build enterprise Java applications. With vFabric 5, users can
gain unparalleled insight into the performance of their Spring applications with the new Spring Insight Operations.
Based on the Spring Insight technology that is used by Spring developers today in development environments,
Spring Insight Operations will extend this capability into production environments, and in doing so enable
operations and development teams to better collaborate.
vFabric 5 is Packaged for Simplicity
VMware vFabric 5 will introduce a new flexible licensing model designed to help customers directly tie software
consumption to cost while also implementing an application infrastructure more closely linked with virtualization
and cloud concepts. Licensed on a per-Virtual Machine (VM) basis, rather than a traditional CPU-based license,
vFabric 5 will enable the enterprise to flexibly deploy different application platform components across different
VMs in the datacenter. The new model enables customers to pay only for those licenses in use and to scale
volumes up and down to meet peak use requirements, while only paying for their average usage. This model will
eliminate the long-standing need to overprovision application infrastructure to accommodate peak workloads,
minimizing both cost and dormant software. Each licensed vFabric VM will be able to run any combination or
all of the software within the vFabric 5 product family, eliminating licensing constraints that restrict the shift of
traditional application infrastructure into virtual and cloud environments.
The core services in vFabric 5 will include:
vFabric tc Server with Elastic Memory for Java, an enterprise version of Apache Tomcat 7 optimized
for Spring and VMware vSphere®. Elastic Memory for Java improves memory management across Java
applications in virtualized environments.
vFabric GemFire® is a memory-oriented data management technology that adds elasticity and performance
to the data tier.
vFabric SQLFire™ introduces a standard SQL interface to the core GemFire technologies.
vFabric RabbitMQ™ is the leading open source implementation of the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol
and enables a cloud ready approach to messaging
vFabric Web Server, an enterprise version of the Apache web server.
Spring Insight Operations™ allows unparalleled insight into the performance of Spring applications across
development and production environments
vFabric Hyperic® enables proactive performance management of custom applications through transparent
visibility into modern applications deployed across physical, virtual and cloud environments.
VMware vFabric 5 will be generally available in late summer 2011. It will be offered in two versions: VMware
vFabric Standard at $1,200 per VM and VMware vFabric Advanced at $1,800 per VM
• Rod Johnson, SVP, VMware Application Platform Division executive viewpoint on VMware vFabric 5
For more information on VMware vFabric
VMware delivers virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable IT organizations to energize
businesses of all sizes. With the industry leading virtualization platform – VMware vSphere® – customers rely on
VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security
and go green. With 2010 revenues of $2.9 billion, more than 250,000 customers and 25,000 partners, VMware
is the leader in virtualization which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in
Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.
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