VMware promotes free SpringSource tc Server licenses

Will the offer of free licenses attract Java developers to VMware's virtualization and cloud environment?

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.

Connolly also stated, "Our customers have proven that to deploy applications properly in virtual environments, the application server must require a very small footprint. In this way, tc Server Spring Edition is ideal for virtual deployments which are the onramp to cloud computing."

Spring Edition and the promotional program all seem to be part of VMware's strategy to encourage its virtualization and vCloud partner ecosystem to adopt and begin building SpringSource applications as online service offerings. VMware will continue to do its part to help make that happen. As part of the upgrade, SpringSource is also providing integration between tc Server and VMware Workstation and VMware Lab Manager, open and secure APIs, and template-driven server instances to offer the deployment flexibility needed for the virtual data center and cloud.

The tc Server will be made available as a free download for the developer edition, and is available for $500 per CPU in a Standard Edition or $750 per CPU for the Spring Edition, which will be generally available in early April.

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