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Days after being purchased by VMware, open-source Java specialist SpringSource is expanding into the enterprise cloud-deployment biz using a recent acquisition of its own.

SpringSource has sprung a service into beta for Java developers making apps in the cloud. The platform, called SpringSource Cloud Foundry, is built on the open-source Cloud Tools project currently used for Java Enterprise applications on Amazon EC2.

Cloud Foundry expands SpringSource's product line to building, deploying and managing applications based on Java, Spring, and Grails on a cloud environment. Clearly VMware had an idea of service when it announced the intention to purchase SpringSource for $362m to get its vSphere hypervisor cooperating with cloud applications.

SpringSource itself quietly scooped up the technology back in June by acquiring a startup called (shock!) Cloud Foundry. While it currently uses Amazon Web Services for its cloud-based infrastructure, Cloud Foundry unsurprisingly says it has plans to support vSphere to cover both on-premise and off-premise clouds.

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Cloud Foundry ties together SpringSource's Apache-baed Tomcat web server for load balancing and open-source Hyperic technology for infrastructure monitoring and management. It also includes a MySQL relational database.

The beta is currently available gratis, assuming a user has an AWS account for access to EC2. Pricing for the complete service which is planned to include additional features hasn't been determined, although the company claims it will "follow standard cloud service pricing models."

You can check out the preview here. ®

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