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With VMWare's acquisition of SpringSource, Java's relevance to cloud application development has never seemed stronger. However, the real story here is how application deployment and operations may be made much more developer friendly.
The $420 million acquisition makes a true application lifecycle powerhouse, extending SpringSource's Java application tech to the cloud and virtualized environments.
Microsoft's recent 10-K reveals that the software giant still views open source as more foe than friend.
It's a common myth that open source can't innovate, but open-source Java company SpringSource proves that open source can lead an industry, not follow it.
The traditional "application server" category is being shaken up by new entrants SpringSource and MindTouch.
As cloud adoption continues at an alarming rate, big IT vendors aren't sending the right messages to developers.
Benchmark and Accel have come together to invest in SpringSource. Even VCs can play nicely together.
The open-source leader in Java development has acquired IT management vendor Hyperic, a move that signals a new phase of commercial open-source competition.
Microsoft's former No. 3 executive, Paul Maritz, is using some of the strategies developed at the software giant to turn VMware into a platform player. His toughest rival: Microsoft.
Sun wants to control Java, but this may be inimical to the open-source community's own plans for Java.