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VMware teamed with SpringSource takes cloud computing head on

The VMworld 2009 opening keynote began like a rock concert with pulsing music and a light show as the morning’s keynote speaker, Tod Nielsen, took the stage. Nielsen, VMware’s Chief Operating Officer, introduced the conference venue with exciting news for the company’s multiple products and services.

None of which measured up to the audience’s response when Nielsen was joined on stage by Steve Herrod, CTO and vice president of R&D for SpringSource. Herrod reviewed VMware’s plans for SpringSource, which he’d already blogged about in August.

SpringSource, a commercial open source company, started by creating tools that competed with Java; but in the last few years has released a more diverse tool developer. Combined with the VMware infrastructure, Herrod said, SpringSource’s software will bring advanced development and storage capabilities to data centers.

“I am very excited about this,” said Rob Zylowski, Director IP for GlassHouse Technologies Inc. “With VMware and SpringSource working as one, they will be formidable competition for Apple’s cloud powered initiative.”

Chris Wolf, Burton Group senior analyst, is another industry expert who voiced enthusiasm, Twittering and blogging about the SpringSource-VMware combination throughout the opening day of VMworld. On his blog, he wrote:

“Rod Johnson did a tremendous job with the SpringSource demo. Giving application owners an interface to provision an app locally, or to an internal or external cloud was spot-on. IT service delivery requires IT operations to give application owners and individual business units interfaces that they understand… this is a technology VMware ships should begin working with in their labs.”

Stay tuned for additional blogs, videos and impressions from VMworld.

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