VMware Released vFabric 5

As a developer, I’m always interested in latest development of middleware platforms. Yesterday came a big news from VMware: the vFabric 5 Cloud Application Platform reached GA. For those who might not be familiar with vFabric, it is an integrated suite of middleware for deploying and managing applications.

Note that despite the version number, this is the first release of the vFabric platform. I guess the version 5 may be just for aligning with vSphere 5. Also, this is a suite of products that have been there for a while.

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Along with the Spring Framework and STS, vFabric 5 provides application development and delivery professionals a complete set of products to build, test, deploy and manage applications. vFabric components include application server, web server, data management, messaging and more. You can learn more on the vFabric website.

This table summarizes our offerings: (via vFabric product manager @cshanklin)

vFabric 5 Standard vFabric 5 Advanced Additional Products Not In vFabric Platform
vFabric tc Server In addition to vFabric 5 Standard, also includes: vFabric GemFire Data Management Node
vFabric Web Server vFabric GemFire Unlimited Client Upgrade
vFabric Hyperic vFabric GemFire WAN Upgrade
vFabric GemFire (Session State Management) vFabric Enterprise Ready Server
Spring Insight vFabric Data Director
Elastic Memory for Java vFabric SQLFire Enterprise
  vFabric RabbitMQ  
  vFabric SQLFire Professional  

You can find the downloads for these products on the VMware Download Center. In addition RHEL / CentOS users can download this software in native RPM format from our new yum repository, see our quick start guide for more details.

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2 Comments

  1. Racer X
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Steve, I have the utmost respect for what you do. We use your libraries in a reasonably important project and I greatly appreciate that you have published them. However, when the marketing guys don’t seem to be able to grasp the English language, it is cause for a bit of concern. From the link you provided:

    “With a data-oriented approach ideal for today’s web-oriented, data-intensive and dynamic applications users demand vFabric is appropriate for the needs of modern applications.”

    Maybe I’m missing something obvious here, but it looks like a resume with a high buzzword bingo quotient rather than something intended to convince an engineer that he/she needs to pay attention to it.

    This kind of drivel is good for the CFO audience, but not so good for the people that you really want to have care about this in a meaningful way.

  2. Posted September 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi Todd,

    I am glad you like the open source VI Java API. Thanks for your honest feedback on the content from the link in this post. I will forward it to my colleagues. Have a great weekend!

    -Steve

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