SAN FRANCISCO -- Following up VMware's debut of several new products aimed to spur adoption of software-defined data centers, the virtualiation giant also has news with fellow EMC subsidiary, Pivotal.
The two companies are teaming up to co-produce a new commercial and hybrid Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) based on the already well-known open source PaaS, Cloud Foundry.
Pivotal's own Platform-as-a-Service entry, touting to bring consumer-familiar cloud features to the enterprise, was unveiled earlier this year. The Pivotal Initiative relies heavily on open source technology -- namely Cloud Foundry as well as Spring, an application development framework for Java.
This new Paas option, dubbed Pivotal CF, will be an additional commercial version of Cloud Foundry running on VMware's vSphere private cloud platform. Pivotal will serve as the backbone, providing security, management and other infrastructure features.
Supporting "next-generation" apps (specifically those built using open source resources such as Apache Hadoop and Python, for example) is already one of the predominant themes at VMworld 2013 this year.
Thus, the idea with this commercial Cloud Foundry option on a private cloud is to speed up time-to-market windows for new applications built and then deployed on-premises.
Pivotal CF for vSphere as well as support on VMware's vCloud hybrid cloud service are scheduled to roll out at a yet-to-be-specified date later this year.