Creating an app with VMware Wavemaker

ubercloud-iconWaveMaker was bought by VMware back in March 2011. If this is news to you and you don’t recall reading the press release, I don’t either so you aren’t alone. Wavemaker is a tool that “let’s non-developers to build Java applications”. (wait – don’t let that scare you off! I said “non-developers” and that’s you!) VMware bought SprinSource in 2009 and Spring is the leading open source development tool, used by most Java developers. The goal of Wavemaker is to make Spring development easy, for everyone. Wavemaker is a graphical tool that allows you to simply drag and drop to easily create a new web-based application. That application can then be easily deployed directly to an internal cloud or to a variety of other platforms, including Amazon, Rackspace, OpSource and Eucalyptus. The Wavemaker development tool runs on Windows, Mac OS, Red Hat, Ubuntu and other operating systems and supports databases including MySQL and Microsoft’s SQL Server. WaveMaker is available free under an open source license.

WaveMaker users typically are people in a business who are not developers but who want to build a Web app, usually one featuring forms. For example, one of the most common uses is to build a page that lets end-users enter a credit card to purchase a product.

In comparison to someone using a traditional development tool, Wavemaker claims that you will be able to:

Eliminate 98% of all application coding
Cut the learning curve to build a web-based application by 92%
Reduce software maintenance by 75%

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Using the VMware Guest Console

ubercloud-iconA number of great projects have come from out of these flings but my favorite, at least so far, is VMware Guest Console (or VGC).

The vSphere Client is focused on managing ESX/ESXi hosts and virtual machines (and it does a great job of it). However, it doesn’t get into managing the guest OS. VMware Guest Console steps in to manage those virtual guests’ operating systems.

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Using VMware ESX with System Center Virtual Machine Manager

ubercloud-iconThis article is about how to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 to manage VMware ESX servers, and how to initiate vMotion from the Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Administrator Console.

Many enterprise infrastructures support a mix of operating systems and applications, even virtualization platforms. While each virtualization solution satisfies a specific set of requirements, they do not share common management applications. In these heterogeneous environments, this can present an obstacle to the implementation of standard management processes and procedures.

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Setting up vSphere Storage Views

ubercloud-iconWhen it comes to analyzing what storage (virtual or physical) is connected to what or how much storage is being used by what, the VMware vSphere Storage Views tab is where you need to go. The Storage Views tab is generated by a plug-in for the vSphere Client and you can view it on any object (VM, Host, Datacenter & cluster). In this article, I’ll show you where to access the vSphere Storage Views tab, what plug-in makes it work, and how it can help you.

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