VMware's Micro Cloud Foundry Boosts Offline Support, Adds Java Debugging
Version 1.2 of VMware's Micro Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service (PaaS) became available for download this week.
The new version features improvements to offline support and a Java debugger that would let developers debug their applications the same way they would debug locally running applications.
According to the Cloud Foundry blog, the latest release makes it "very simple to configure your Micro Cloud Foundry instance to either run disconnected from or connected to the internet. The default network setting has been changed to the offline configuration, so that Micro Cloud Foundry can work flawlessly and consistently anywhere you are: home, office, coffee shop, conference, or even on a plane."
Additionally, with the new Java debugger, developers can set break points in the source code, suspend and resume running applications, perform code stepping operations, and view the application stack. According to the blog, Java debugging is enabled in the new version of Micro Cloud by pushing an application through the Cloud Foundry command-line (VMC) using the vmc push <my app> -d command option or by using the built-in debugger in the STS.
"An upcoming release of STS will further improve Java and Grails debugging with Micro Cloud Foundry applications to a seamless user experience," the company said.
The new release also updates the versions of some of the runtimes it supports, including Node.js 0.6, Java 6 1.6, and Ruby 1.8.7 and 1.9. It also supports MongoDB 1.8, MySQL 5.1, Postresql 9.0, RabbitMQ 2.4, and Redis 2.2.
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based virtualization vendor released Cloud Foundry last spring, billing it as the industry's first open PaaS that offers a "new generation of application platform, architected specifically for cloud computing environments." IDC analyst Al Hilwa saw the release as an important strategic move that positioned VMware as "another emerging pole for Java developers."
VMware also manages CloudFoundry.com, a public instance of Cloud Foundry that runs on the company's vSphere infrastructure.
All the frameworks supported on the Micro Cloud are also supported on Cloud Foundry, which means that Java developers using the SpringSource Tool Suite can deploy their apps to a local Micro Cloud Foundry instance or to CloudFoundry.com, all within the STS.
Micro Cloud Foundry v1.2 can be downloaded from the Cloud Foundry Web site.
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