VMware has released Micro Cloud Foundry, a free software tool that allows developers to code and test applications for cloud computing platforms without the need for additional middleware or a hosted service.
Micro Cloud Foundry is designed for Mac, PC and Linux systems, and supports VMware's Cloud Foundry developer platform, which was launched in April to give developers a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering to craft cloud computing applications.
The company hopes that Micro Cloud Foundry will allow developers to build code on individual systems which can still run with larger Cloud Foundry deployments.
"Today VMware is taking another significant step forward in delivering a modern cloud application platform ideal for the hybrid cloud environment by delivering the industry’s only PaaS solution that can be run on an individual developer’s laptop," said VMware vice president of cloud and application services Jerry Chen.
"Micro Cloud Foundry gives developers a full cloud development environment that combines all the flexibility of local development with the ability to deploy and scale applications anywhere in the future."
Developers can obtain the Micro Cloud Foundry tool as a virtual machine image through the Cloud Foundry site.
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