By combining the market-leading Spring development framework, the latest generation of vFabric application services and a per-VM licensing model, vFabric Suite 5.1 will provide the core application platform for building, deploying and running modern applications.
The push for this enhanced suite revolves around providing agility to developers and enterprises with application deployment automation using vFabric Application Director, address dynamic scalability and performance requirements for modern day multi channel applications by powering them with vFabric SQLFire, an in-memory distributed SQL database.
The suite also includes VFabric Postgres, an alternate relational SQL database enabling users to leverage open source databases and also supports developer essential opensource environments including Apache Tomcat, Apache HTTP Server and RabbitMQ messaging.
VMWare has also released BOSH, similar paas toolset for its opensource offering Cloud Foundry. This fundamentally differs from vFabric Application Director which provisions vFabric Suite components, as well as third party middle-ware components from Oracle, IBM, Red Hat, and others. VMware vFabric Suite 5.1 is expected to be available in Q2 2012. It will be licensed per VM with prices starting at $1,500 per VM.
The company is aware of importance of emerging platforms and standards that will hold key to its business and has announced validation of its vSphere, VMWare's virtualization platform for building cloud infrastructures to run SAP database powered portfolio and also achievement of Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification. Common Criteria is an international set of guidelines (ISO 15408) that provides a common framework for evaluating security features and capabilities of Information Technology (IT) security products, and EAL4+ is the highest assurance level that is recognized globally by all signatories under the Common Criteria Recognition Agreement (CCRA).