Virtualization leader VMware is upbeat that with the rising popularity of cloud computing in the country, local developers will see the wisdom of adopting vFabric tools for their application development for the cloud.
VMware is confident that it can accomplish this task with the help of local software development company Orange & Bronze Software Labs (O&B), one of the largest SpringSource partners based outside of the United States and Europe, and the first and only partner based in the Asean region.
vFabric, an application platform for virtual and cloud environments, was originally developed by SpringSource. In 2009, however, SpringSource was bought by VMware, pushing the company to collaborate with O&B.
At the recent Philippine launch of the vFabric product suite, VMware’s top Filipino executive said that it is high time for companies to upgrade application platform after modernizing their IT infrastructure.
“Sadly, their application development is still in the middle-ages,” noted Manny Portugal, VMware Partner Business Manager. “VMWare is now bringing to application development what it has brought to IT infrastructure,” he said.
Portugal said that the current application development is riddled with problems at every stage. “Bugs and project delays occur because the tools and technologies are too complex. Testing and deployment are nightmares because there is little to no visibility into the cause of problems, especially performance problems,” he says.
While companies are now able to optimize their hardware and network resources, application-level problems are still a mystery to most. vFabric, he said, provides the technologies and tools that allow companies to manage and optimize their applications at the same level of ease and visibility as their infrastructure.
VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, says vFabric is a middleware suite that enterprises can use to develop, deploy, and manage data intensive and dynamic applications.
vFabric is “going to address a lot of headaches of CIOs in application development,” said O&B CEO Calen Legaspi. “Application developers can now focus on the actual application they want to develop and the problems that they want to fix,” he stressed.
Many of O&B’s engineers and architects have been using Spring, the de facto standard programming model for enterprise Java applications, since its first release in 2004.
The company has built massive global IT systems and innovative products using Spring for one of the largest telcos in the Philippines, as well as for a Silicon Valley-based Fortune 500 company.
“One of the reasons we started using Spring is because it made things simpler, faster, and less error-prone. We can do more within a short span of time, yet be confident that our code works,” added Legaspi.
He said the adoption of Spring grew rapidly in the Philippines because of the flexibility it provided for software developers in putting components together.
O&B’s experience in Spring and its partnership with VMware has paved the way for the firms to be known as the vFabric Suite experts in the Philippines.
Both O&B and VMware are confident that vFabric will generate a positive response from the local market because of the benefits it brings to enterprises which develop custom applications.
“As enterprises now gradually move to the cloud, VMware’s vFabric becomes an indispensable tool in creating applications faster,” O&B chief technology officer Butch Landingin asserted.