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VMware has expanded its relationship with SpringSource to support an unfolding virtual appliance roadmap utilizing Linux and open-source Java.

SpringSource said Wednesday it's developing a series of appliance images for developers building and testing open-source Java apps for VMware's ESX hypervisor and its recently launched tc and dm Servers. VMware is already a SpringSource certified solutions partner.

The first images are due in the first quarter of next year and expected to include Ubuntu and tools for ESX. Images for other Linux distros and hypervisors are planned after that, SpringSource said, and will be downloadable from the SpringSource site or VMware's workplace.

As a first step, SpringSource today announced integration between VMware Workstation and the Eclipse-based SpringSource Tool Suite. VMware Workstation lets you create, deploy, and remove virtual machines from the desktop.

Peter Cooper-Ellis, SpringSource's vice president of engineering and product management, told The Reg this is the first step in integration with VMware. "We will working on a deeper level of integration with VMware in future," he said.

He said SpringSource picked VMware first because of market share - it's the market's biggest provider of virtualized systems - and technology. He said VMware's lightweight kernel and its ability to provision servers on the fly were important.

The images are designed so that developers can build and test software for SpringSource tc and dm Servers where they don't have a copy of the destination operating system. Plus, they can get Java - particularly Spring's open-source Java framework - running in virtual environments.

"You won't have to have the operating system locally to test against," Cooper-Ellis said. "You could test against the appliance. It's to facilitate the development and testing and deployment of applications in a virtual environment." ®

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