VMware's SpringSource division, which focuses on Java application infrastructure and management, will acquire GemStone Systems, a privately held provider of enterprise data management solutions, VMware announced on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Data management technologies are fundamental to the creation of applications, and with the rise of virtualization and cloud computing, the manner in which applications need to access data is evolving," said Rod Johnson, general manager of the SpringSource division of VMware. "Cloud computing is a distributed deployment model, and for that reason, caching and data accessibility are of far greater strategic importance than before. We are acquiring and will integrate into the SpringSource portfolio a well-regarded set of high performing data management solutions with GemStone."
The acquisition brings a set of technologies and expertise in scaling databases to VMware's stable. SpringSource said it will continue to fully support GemStone's product line as well as all of GemStone's customers
Oracle, in collaboration with SpringSource, has proposed a new Eclipse project called "Enterprise Modules," or "Project Gemini" if going by the platform's codename. The project is intended to provide a home for subprojects integrating existing Java enterprise technologies into mobile-based platforms, according to the proposal.
"The primary goal of the Gemini project is to provide access to standard enterprise technology implementations within a modular framework," the proposal states. "The OSGi [Open Services Gateway Initiative] Alliance has developed specifications for the application and usage of many of the enterprise technologies within OSGi. These specifications describe how vendors should implement and interoperate with existing services, and how the OSGi modularity, life cycle, and service models should be applied with respect to those technologies. Gemini will provide implementations of many of these specifications."
The Project Gemini proposal went on to claim that OSGi has been gaining in popularity among enterprise developers, and that the natural evolution is to now start creating standards for integrating popular enterprise technologies in module-based systems before serving up implementations for the general public.