This week's announcement that VMWare is acquiring SpringSource
sure caught me by surprise. I'm not surprised that VMWare is making an acquisition; it clearly needs to get away from the "one trick pony" problem of being known only as a hypervisor vendor, because there are many entrants in that field now, and it will become commoditized soon.
What surprised me was that VMWare picked a company known for its support of software development frameworks, namely, the Spring framework. Also what surprised me was that VMWare pretty much explicitly commits to Java as the programming language of choice for their cloud offering.
Don't get me wrong: I love Java as a choice of programming language. But I have two basic questions about this choice:
- Really? Java is the language you're choosing for rapid-beyond-belief development and deployment of applications on the web?
- Why is VMWare locking themselves into a single language? That's essentially what I get out of the announcement and press.
Maybe there weren't any other credible candidate frameworks in PHP, for example.
Here is a nicely-written opinion piece
by an IBM guy about what the deal means to VMWare and the industry. I like his take that this purchase is less help to VMWare's cloud vision than what you might think, but it does help VMWare get into the addressable market for application servers
But what do you think is going on? Why did VMWare choose to buy SpringSource? Does this really make VMWare more credible as a cloud vendor, or do you think VMWare is off track with this decision?
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