SpringSource launches lightweight tc server for virtual, cloud environments

SpringSource has announced a new lightweight edition of its open source application development and management server optimized for the virtual datacenter, cloud computing -- and VMware products, of course.VMware acquired SpringSource in September.

SpringSource has announced a new lightweight edition of its open source application development and management server optimized for the virtual datacenter, cloud computing -- and VMware products, of course.

VMware acquired SpringSource in September. SpringSource's Apache Tomcat-based server is used by more than half of the Global 2000 companies.

The tc Server Spring Edition, which will be available as part of the 2.0 product line in April, gives customers a small footprint that is "ideally suited" for virtual server environments as well as public and private clouds. VMware said it is heeding the call of customers who maintain that deploying Java applications properly in virtualized environments requires a lean architecture.

The server is also designed to make it easier for customers running Spring applicatiions on Java -based enteprise servers to migrate to the Spring edition and for customers running applications on Tomcat servers to move to the more enterprise ready tc Server Sring edition, the company added.

As part of the rollout, VMware, has also announced a special promotion cutely dubbed "Spring on VMware" that offers two licenses of the Spring edition free and 60 days of evaluation support free for a limited time with the sale of select VMware products through VMware channel partners. The promotion runs between March 8 and May 8th.

The Spring edition SpringSource tc server 2.0 will start at $750 per CPU while the standard edition is priced at $500 per processor and the developers edition will be free.

The 2.0 platform also offers deeper visibility into Spring applications, an enhanced tool suite to speed code development and find performance flaws and a template-driven tool for configuring and deploying multiple application server instance per machine, VMware said.

It is also integrated with VMware Workstation and VMware Lab Manager, which allows for applications to be quickly debugged and deployed in virtualized environments.

VMWare featured in its release today a quote given by a portal webmaster for NPC International who said he was able to deploy dozens of application instances on one server virtualized by VMware and said he could not have deployed his web based applications into the private cloud he built without tc's small footprint.