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VMware Expands VMware vCloud Developer Ecosystem

January 24, 2010 by  

Web HostingPALO ALTO, Calif. – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, today announced availability of both Java and Python open-source software development kits (SDKs) for the  VMware vCloud API, making it easier for developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to jumpstart their projects by flexibly leveraging private and public cloud services.  The new Python and Java SDKs for the VMware vCloud API will further simplify and accelerate developers’ ability to leverage VMware vCloud services. VMware partners Cloudera and WebAppVM also announced new solutions for VMware vCloud Express developed with the VMware vCloud API and the SDKs.

“We are working aggressively to expand the VMware vCloud ecosystem and accelerate market availability of open-source client libraries for the VMware vCloud API,” said Dan Chu, vice president, cloud infrastructure and services, VMware. “Our ISV community has embraced our investment in the VMware vCloud Initiative and is integrating key solutions as part of innovative services from VMware vCloud Express providers such as Terremark.”


Key open-source client libraries and tools for the VMware vCloud API are now available from standard cloud software resources including Dasein, jclouds and libcloud, underscoring the strong interest from the open-source community in supporting the VMware vCloud Initiative. These new libraries and tools will help make the VMware vCloud API more accessible to a large and diverse set of developers, ISVs and solution partners. For ISVs, these libraries combined with the VMware vCloud API are standardizing and simplifying the integration path to public clouds offered through VMware vCloud Express providers.

Cloudera is an active libcloud contributor and uses libcloud in its Hadoop offering for VMware vCloud Express, and WebAppVM leverages jclouds for its VMware vCloud Express solution. The Cloudera Distribution for Hadoop allows users to store, integrate and analyze data inexpensively and easily by leveraging VMware vCloud Express and the VMware vCloud API to dynamically provision resources, process jobs and deprovision resources. The WebAppVM solution enables users to configure and scale a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering on VMware vCloud Express so they can rapidly on-board and monitor cloud-based applications.

“We have adapted our Hadoop scripts to leverage libcloud for VMware vCloud Express so our customers can realize maximum value and achieve superior performance,” said Amr Awadallah, CTO, Cloudera. “VMware vCloud solutions support the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard, which gives our customers investment protection, flexibility and simplified integration. And the VMware vCloud API helps our customers avoid getting locked into a single service provider. In fact, the VMware vCloud API gives enterprises the freedom to run Hadoop easily in private and public clouds.”

Other open-source tools are also VMware vCloud-enabled through the jclouds plugin. Ant, an open-source Java build tool, leverages this plugin to enable open-source tools and the developer ecosystem to gain access to the VMware vCloud API. Developers using Apache Maven, a software project management and comprehension tool, can also use the jclouds plugin to extend their existing projects to VMware vCloud Express.  All these tools are ready for developers to use in their standard workflows and leverage VMware vCloud Express. VMware has also made a number of open-source contributions to the Cloud Tools project, which powers the SpringSource Cloud Foundry service, enabling Java developers to deploy, test, and manage applications for VMware environments via VMware vSphere™ and the VMware vCloud API.

For more information, please visit www.vmware.com/go/vcloudexpress

About VMware

VMware delivers solutions for business infrastructure virtualization 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 2008 revenues of $1.9 billion, more than 150,000 customers and 22,000 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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