Virtualization kingpin VMware(s vmw) keeps working its plan to become a bona fide application development powerhouse. The company’s acquisition of Springsource and its Java framework three years ago was just the beginning. VMware’s Springsource-based vFabric Suite 5.1, announced Tuesday, adds application deployment automation, a version of the Postgres database optimized for vSphere as well as the SQLFire in-memory distributed database to the advanced vFabric Suite. Those perks are geared to make vFabric more attractive to web scale developers.

In this quest for developer love, VMware must again lock horns with Microsoft(s msft) which — for all its problems moving to the cloud — remains the lodestone for developers with its wildly successful .NET franchise. And it also takes on Amazon(s amzn) Web Services, already a fan favorite among developers who have used this pay-as-you go infrastructure as an application building and testing ground for years. Of late, Amazon has added more…

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About Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm. Gardner, a leading identifier of software and cloud productivity trends and new IT business growth opportunities, honed his skills and refined his insights as an industry analyst, pundit, and news editor covering the emerging software development and enterprise infrastructure arenas for the last 18 years. Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business development issues: Cloud computing, hybrid IT, software-defined data center, IT productivity, multicloud, AI, ML, and intelligent enterprise. His specific interests include social media, cloud standards and security, as well as integrated marketing technologies and techniques. Gardner is a former senior analyst at Yankee Group and Aberdeen Group, and a former editor-at-large and founding online news editor at InfoWorld. He is a former news editor at IDG News Service, Digital News & Review, and Design News.
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