VMware’s acquisition of SpringSource in September of 2009 initiated the company’s focus on Java with a goal of making vFabric the best place to develop, run, and manage Java in the most cost effective, cloud-ready environment available.

Three years later, representatives from VMware engineering, product, and consulting teams posted a list of the top 20 vFabric blog articles from 2012 (in terms of viewership). The list includes a number of Java-related posts (as noted further below) and also encompasses a significant number of vFabric accomplishments in 2012:

  • The launch of vFabric Suite 5.1 and 5.2 which included updates to all products including GemFire 7.0, RabbitMQ 3.0, and Elastic Memory for Java 1.2.
  • The launch of multiple versions of vFabric Application Director and the Cloud Applications Marketplace as well as the product’s incorporation into the vCloud Suite and the Software Defined Data Center
  • Numerous Spring Framework releases
  • The launch of Project Serengeti for Hadoop
  • The launch of Bounty Programs for Spring Insight and Hyperic
  • The release of the SpringTrader Reference Architecture

In 2013, the vFabric team (including Spring and Cloud Foundry) will be joining the Pivotal Initiative and will continue to make strides towards a world-class cloud platform for developers. 

The Top 6 Java-related vFabric Posts of 2012:

#2: Spring and RabbitMQ – Behind India’s 1.2 Billion Person Biometric Database

Aadhaar was conceived as a way to provide a unique, online, portable identity so that every single resident of India can access and benefit from government and private services. The Aadhaar project has received coverage from all possible media – television, press, articles, debates, and the Internet. It is seen as audacious use of technology, albeit for a social cause. UIDAI, the authority responsible for issuing Aadhaar numbers, has published white-papers, data, and newsletters on progress of the initiative. A common question to the UIDAI technology team in conferences, events and over coffee is – what technologies power this important nation-wide initiative? In this blog post, we wanted to give a sense of several significant technologies and approaches...

#4: Sneak Peak at VMware’s Nanotrader Reference Architecture

(Note: See a newer article on the renamed SpringTrader.) vFabric’s Reference Application, Nanotrader, provides customers with an end-to-end solution for developing, provisioning, and managing a distributed application in a cloud environment. The reference application and architecture provide customers and partners with a blueprint for development, infrastructure, and operations teams...

#8: What’s New in EM4J 1.1?

Elastic Memory for Java (EM4J) 1.1 is a memory management toolkit for Java in vSphere, focused on enabling customers to confidently achieve greater memory efficiency for their Java workloads. EM4J is a relatively new technology developed here at VMware which was created to solve the problem of memory reclamation in VMs predominantly running Java. This week, as part of the overall vFabric Suite 5.1 release, we introduced EM4J 1.1 which builds on that foundation with new monitoring capabilities in vCenter designed specifically to support Java workloads, as shown in this screenshot. First, however, if you are not familiar with EM4J, it may be helpful for a more detailed background on EM4J itself. If you are already familiar with it, you can skip to the section below on EM4J 1.1...

#13: 4 Drivers behind Intel’s Cloud Foundry Choice and Why

Our goal at Intel was to let software developers get an innovative idea into production in less than a day. One of the large aspects of meeting this goal is delivering a robust PaaS solution. We made a decision in mid-2011 that PaaS would enable this goal, and for our wide range of data and security requirements, running it in our private cloud was paramount. In searching for a PaaS solution for our Enterprise Private cloud, we conducted a study of solutions that could be landed within an enterprise. We specifically wanted a solution that could run on an IaaS and help address our key challenges...

#16: Powering Mobile Architecture with vFabric

Mobile is driving a lot of new application development. But, how can vFabric help? We’ve all heard the incredible growth trends of mobile. As an example, “The Future of Mobile” presentation by Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider (2012), shows how mobile apps are now a $10B market and growing at 100% per year...

#17: Doing Agile? 10 Features of an Agile App Platform (Part 1)

Using an “agile process” is listed as one of the Top 10 Reasons for Project Success. So, it’s not surprising that everyone wants to be agile these days. There are numerous books and blogs available that explain how to adopt agile practices from a people and process perspective, but what about technology? Do the decisions we make when choosing our “build, run and manage” application platform affect our ability to adopt agile practices? To answer this question, we’ve looked at the principles behind the agile manifesto and identified two core themes to help characterize the agile features of application platforms...

For the full list, see the original article.