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VMware launches PaaS offering Cloud Foundry: News in brief

McAfee taps Reflex for virtual security; NTT America builds vCloud; BlueCat IPAM supports Hyper-V; Decision Lens deploys NetEx virtual appliance and other news in brief.

VMware opens up Cloud Foundry
VMware this week launched a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering called Cloud Foundry, which will be available at, and is currently in beta. With Cloud Foundry, developers gain a flexible architecture for writing applications using a variety of frameworks, VMware said. In the initial release, Clound Foundry supports Spring for Java, Rails and Sinatra for Ruby and Node.js. On the back end, software ISV Rightscale is providing an Infrastructure as a Service component, while VMware’s Hyperic provides platform monitoring.

Cloud Foundry “has bridged the last gulf between VMware's recently acquired Java development platform SpringSource and cloud computing, revealing core components of VMware's cloud strategy,” according to

McAfee taps Reflex for virtual security
The latest release of McAfee Network Security Platform includes virtual network inspection, and for help with threat detection and security management in virtual environments, the security giant turned to virtualization management independent software vendor Reflex Systems. McAfee and Reflex Systems will offer integrated virtual and physical security, and management “that enables customers to holistically monitor and understand security issues, easily apply best practices, and provide comprehensive reporting,” according to a press release.

NTT America builds vCloud
NTT America this week announced the first commercial availability of its enterprise private cloud hosting environment, built using VMware vSphere and vCloud Director. NTT America first announced the platform integration with VMware at VMworld 2010, and claims to be one of the first providers to launch cloud services based on vCloud Director that can provide on-demand compute capacity.

BlueCat IPAM supports Hyper-V
BlueCat Networks’ Proteus for Microsoft DNS and DHCP, an IP address management (IPAM) product for Microsoft Windows environments, is now available as a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual appliance. It is also available as a VMware virtual appliance or as a hardened physical appliance.

Decision Lens deploys NetEx virtual appliance
NetEx, makers of HyperIP WAN optimization software, said this week that Decision Lens, a provider of collaborative decision-making software, has deployed NetEx’s HyperIP as a virtual appliance to improve the performance of its SAN system’s volume replication. 

Decision Lens is currently replicating two 1.5 TB Dell EqualLogic SAN system volumes, as well as 500 GB between Linux backup systems. The company plans to expand its use of HyperIP as it scales the amount of data it synchronizes and as the number of worldwide locations grows, according to a NetEx press release.

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

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