VMware has announced the availability of a beta version of its new Micro Cloud Foundry platform as a service (PaaS) offering.
Available as a free download at http://micro.cloudfoundry.com, Micro Cloud Foundry is a complete version of VMware s Cloud Foundry that runs on a developer s Mac or PC.
The new offering enables developers to build end-to-end cloud applications locally, without the hassles of configuring middleware while preserving the choice of where to deploy and the ability to scale their applications without changing a line of code. Cloud Foundry, announced in April, is an open PaaS solution that delivers access to modern, high-productivity frameworks and features a rich ecosystem of application services from VMware, third parties and the open-source community.
Micro Cloud Foundry runs directly on a developer's machine and offers developers a choice of frameworks, application infrastructure services and clouds in which to deploy applications, Jerry Chen, vice president of cloud and application services at VMware, said in an interview with eWEEK.
"VMware recognizes there is a new generation of developers looking for a simpler approach to building and testing their applications," Charlotte Dunlap, an analyst with Current Analysis, said in a statement. "With this technology, VMware supports the growing need for developers to work on their laptops with an open, lightweight platform that minimizes configuration requirements and speeds application development."
"Today VMware is taking another significant step forward in delivering a modern cloud application platform ideal for the hybrid cloud environment, by delivering the industry's only PaaS solution that can be run on an individual developer s laptop," Chen said in a statement. "Micro Cloud Foundry gives developers a full cloud development environment that combines all the flexibility of local development with the ability to deploy and scale their applications anywhere in the future. Micro Cloud Foundry gives developers the ability to build cutting-edge cloud applications while exploring the latest developer frameworks and application services without configuration hassles."
The first version of Micro Cloud Foundry supports: Spring for Java; Ruby on Rails and Sinatra; Node.js; Grails and other JVM-based frameworks, including Scala Lift; and MongoDB, MySQL and Redis application services. VMware plans to include support for additional VMware vFabric services in future versions of Micro Cloud Foundry
This article was originally published on 08-25-2011