One of the most important players when it comes to virtualization technologies is VMware. As of lately, the company is attempting something new with an update to its vFabric application. The idea behind vFabric is to allow virtualization customers to make better use of the VMware cloud stack. The prior version of the VMware suite lacked some capabilities, which turned out to be core functionality for some customers; among these was a database system.
By adding the vFabric Suite 5.1 to the VMware umbrella of useful programs, the suite gains not only a relational database known as vFabric Postgres, but also a management tool known as the vFabric Application Director. According to IT support professionals, who deal extensively with VMware to assist small and medium businesses with their virtualization needs, these two additions will "fill important gaps" in the cloud computing platform offered by VMware.
The update reflects VMware's determination to appeal to a wider customer base by deploying a variety of new applications that make use of the overall system in place for those businesses already running vSphere. According to reports, one customer has already commented on the brand-new update, remarking that it provides exactly the kind of functionality that companies need in order to build their own cloud applications.
Jeff Reed, an IT solutions expert in the United Kingdom, also had high words of praise for the vFabric improvements: "Now that vFabric Suite includes an RDBMS tuned for virtualization, which can be coupled with Director for complete database management in a virtualized environment, VMware provides a complete stack that can be leveraged for application development in the cloud model."
The new developments are also considered key for businesses using Java, since it will enable these companies to use the VMware interface to expand more readily into cloud-based business models. Indeed, industry insiders are already predicting that over time, this type of update could be critical to help VMware expand its already significant footprint in the arena of cloud computing.
All of this is good news for small and medium-sized businesses already leveraging VMware. Just as nobody wants to purchase a car that will be obsolete in a few years, companies using cloud computing want to feel confident that the IT company providing their platform will be around for many years to come. This ultimately also gives businesses confidence in their managed services providers as well.