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VMware buys WaveMaker to float casual developers' boats

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VMware has bought open-source web apps outfit WaveMaker for an undisclosed sum.

The software created by San Francisco-based WaveMaker is aimed at casual developers who aren't expertly trained in the coding field.

VMware acquired SpringSource about 18 months ago, and WaveMaker is already part of the Spring ecosystem, so it makes sense for the virtualisation tech vendor to have effectively folded the software into the cloudy arm of its business.

"This acquisition furthers VMware's cloud application platform strategy by empowering additional developers to build and run modern applications that share information with underlying infrastructure to maximise performance, quality of service and infrastructure utilisation," said Rod Johnson, the former SpringSource man who now serves as senior vice president of VMware's application platform division.

The tool itself is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and various Linux-flavoured operating systems and it allows users to load their apps to a cloud-based system on a number of platforms including Rackspace and Amazon.

WaveMaker's CEO Christopher Keen said of the deal: "As WaveMaker went from 3,000 downloads a month in January, 2010 to 135,000 downloads a month in December, 2010, we realised that we had created the perfect 'on ramp' for cloud computing. WaveMaker can play a big role in bringing large numbers of developers to the cloud, but only if we team with the right cloud partner. With VMware and SpringSource, we have found that partner!" ®

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