After much speculation, VMware and Salesforce.com have publicly disclosed details about their joint VMforce offering.
VMforce is a cloud computing service for running Java applications built with the Spring framework, and running on tc Server, a lightweight Java application server from VMware subsidiary SpringSource. Salesforce.com will offer the service as a complement to its existing Java application hosting service, Force.com, which hosts applications written in the proprietary Apex language.
VMforce is based on VMware vSphere and vCloud. It also takes advantage of other Force.com services, including so-called Chatter services, its database, search, identity and security, workflow, a Web services application programming interface, and more. A beta of the service will be available in the second half of 2010, at which point the companies will also announce pricing.Free VKernel app checks VM health
Virtualization management vendor VKernel released a free capacity management tool for VMware environments. AppView 1.0 allows administrators to monitor the performance of virtual machines (VMs) and identify resource bottlenecks.
The tool monitors and displays the CPU, memory, storage I/O and storage capacity resources of up to five virtual machines for up to 30 days. In the event of a problem, administrators can troubleshoot or optimize the VM using VKernel Capacity Analyzer or Optimization Pack.
The company said AppView will help IT managers identify performance problems on mission-critical VMs, such as those running email, databases or other important production applications. The tool is available on the VKernel website.