SpringSource, a former independent enterprise and Web application development and management company, was acquired by VMware last August for $420 million. Now operated as a business unit within the virtualization giant, the group recently sprang a new version of its Apache Tomcat-based tc Server on us, called the Spring Edition.
The new Spring Edition is expected to help bridge the gap between developing Java applications and then deploying and using them in production. According to VMware, the edition delivers new levels of developer productivity, operational control, and deployment flexibility for customers building and deploying Spring applications. Monitoring mechanisms and application metrics have been added to provide developers and IT operations with the intelligence and insight needed into the health, performance, and quality of their Spring applications.
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The SpringSource group is also claiming that the new release is ideally suited for VMware virtualization and cloud computing environments. To better showcase that assumption, VMware is prepared to give away licenses to its customers. The company is launching a two-month Spring on VMware Promotion that offers customers the opportunity to receive two perpetual, production-use CPU licenses of tc Server Spring Edition and 60 days of Evaluation Support. To get in on the promotion, customers will need to make a qualified purchase of vSphere, vCenter, View, or ThinApp licenses between March 8 and May 8, 2010.
Shaun Connolly, vice president of product management for the SpringSource division of VMware, calls tc Server Spring Edition "the best place to run Spring apps," and says that it is ideally architected for next-generation data center technologies.