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08.05.2015 - New Activity in App Standards

View VMware related news. There has been a lot of activity on improved app management standards lately. And it has been happening on several fronts, all at the same time. Many years ago I co-authored a book, which is no longer in print, called the Foundations of Application Management , published by John Wiley and Sons. In that book I concluded that application management was an oxymoron as most applications weren’t manageable, very few application management standards existed, and of those that did exist, few were implemented. About eight years ago VMware helped spearhead a packaging and deployment standard for virtual machines called the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) . This is now a national and international standard, and is implemented in many VMware products as well as most virtualization and cloud platforms today. While moving entire virtual machine(s) around as a single package provided a much-needed capability, it didn’t meet the needs of the ever-expanding mobile platform as well as the new emerging area of containerized apps. OVF was also challenged as it just described the images and some base application configuration requirements, but didn’t deal with any of the issues once the day-zero deployment and launching was complete. Recently several new standards activities have been launched and new standards are being [...]]>...

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