David Marshall, Dave McCrory and I, as well as everyone else at Hyper9, are extraordinarily proud to announce SimDK – a VMware vSphere4 simulator which provides vSphere4 API-compatibility for official vSphere4 clients and other applications built using the vSphere4 SDK.. SimDK is an open source project available at http://simdk.sourceforge.net/. You can read more about this exciting announcement at http://akutz.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/simdk.
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“What does it mean for me?”
Well, you can leverage this in many different use cases, for example, testing your application for scalability. With SimDK, you don’t need many ESX servers/vCenter servers. You can just simulate them! Having said that, you do need to test your application with real system with smaller scope, at least once before shipping it.
For me, I am particularly interested in having this as a learning tool. If you don’t have ESX/vCenter server but SimDK, you can still learn vSphere Java API and other bindings of vSphere API.
Thanks for the exciting contribution to the open source community, Andrew, David, and Dave!