If VMware has anything to say about it, developers are going to get more familiar with the concept of cloud computing quite soon. Today, VMware announced Cloud Foundry, which it’s describing as “a new generation of application platform.”
An official statement on the matter explained, “Cloud Foundry streamlines the development, delivery and operations of modern applications, significantly enhancing the ability of developers to deploy, run and scale their applications in cloud environments while embracing the widest choice of public and private clouds, industry-standard high productivity developer frameworks and application infrastructure services.”
Then Tod Nielsen, co-president of the Application Platform division at VMware, chipped in, “The shift to cloud computing is fundamentally transforming what businesses and consumers expect from applications, profoundly challenging traditional application development and infrastructure. Cloud Foundry delivers a dramatically simplified approach that embraces the diversity and speed of modern development that is at the heart of today’s most successful applications while exploiting key trends in mobile, social and cloud computing.”
Cloud Foundry‘s available right now in beta release if you feel like investigating the matter further (just sign up for an invitation to get started). And whatever VMware’s using to back this effort is likely to be more powerful than what’s under the average developer’s desk, after all.
An open source Cloud Foundry project‘s available, too, by the way, and more updates are supposed to be in the works.