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VMware acquires WaveMaker for Java app development: News in brief

VMware buys Web app dev startup, integrates with Amazon; Veeam chases billion-dollar aspirations with Business View 2.0; NetEx offers free WAN optimization to VMware users.

VMware acquires WaveMaker
VMware Inc. has acquired WaveMaker, which makes software meant to ease the process of developing Web applications, and will be folded in with VMware’s Java application development subsidiary SpringSource. On VMware’s SpringSource Team blog, the company explained its thinking behind the acquisition: “Not all business applications are written by specialist developers… to enable less technical users to build such applications…means introducing visual tooling to take the place of coding, in areas (such as UI design) where automation is possible.” Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

Export VMs to Amazon EC2 from vCenter
Amazon launched the Amazon EC2 VM Import Connector plug-in for vCenter last week with the goal of making it easier to import vSphere virtual machines (VMs) into EC2. According to an blog, with this tool, “Amazon EC2 customers can use a familiar graphical user interface to select a virtual machine…and specify the AWS Region, Availability Zone, operating system, instance size, security group, and VPC details (if desired) into which the VM should be imported.”

Veeam chases billion-dollar aspirations with Business View 2.0
Veeam Inc. this week rolled out version 2.0 of its Business View software, which offers an automated way for users to categorize virtual resources by criteria such as business unit, department, purpose and SLA. Version 2 (PDF) extends that categorization model -- originally focused solely on VMs -- to ESX hosts, clusters and datastores, and dynamic groups, which self-modify based on pre-set criteria, and adds support for new rules, customized mappings, exclusions, plus an updated graphical user interface (GUI).

According to public statements also made this week by a UK Veeam executive, the company has big aspirations, aiming to double its revenue and workforce, go public in 2012 and become a billion-dollar vendor over the next five years.

NetEx offers free WAN optimization software for VMware users
NetEx, maker of software-only WAN optimization technology, announced the availability of a free annual subscription for its HyperIP virtual appliance software through the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace (VAM). According to a NetEx press release, qualified VAM users of replication and backup applications are eligible for a maximum of two free annual subscriptions of the 2Mb/s HyperIP (VM edition). The free download program will be offered until the end of the year.

Netuitive previews new virtual data center dashboard
Netuitive Inc., once the chief competitor to an independent Integrien Inc., which is now a part of VMware and its newly announced vCenter Operations automated root-cause analysis software, met the release of vCenter Operations this week with its own product preview. Netuitive claims the forthcoming version of its tool will match the capabilities of vCenter Operations, including interfaces with physical server reporting tools such as IBM’s Tivoli, but with the ability to cover heterogeneous hypervisor environments.

Xangati tweaks installation of virtualization management tool
Virtualization performance management ISV Xangati has released a new version of its free Xangati for ESX/ESXi management tool, saying it has streamlined the installation process for the tool, which the company says has been downloaded more than 3,000 times worldwide. 

Installation improvements include a new GUI-based appliance set launched directly from the vCenter console tab; consolidation of what had been multiple modules into one virtual appliance covering dynamic and static IP addressed data center segments; a streamlining of the steps required to gather and summarize traffic traversing a vSwitch; and the halving of the number of “screens” required to get to a working Xangati UI.

Beth Pariseau is a senior news writer for Write to her at

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