Earlier this week at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, VMware announced VMWare vCloud Air (previously, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service) “…working with leading mobility experts who provide Mobile Backend as a Service (mBaaS), world-class front-end mobile application development tools, mobile testing and analytics tools and mobile application development and integration services. These fit alongside mobile device and application management from AirWatch by VMware, to ensure IT and developers have everything they need to effectively build, securely connect, and comprehensively manage mobile services and apps through a hybrid cloud-based enterprise mobility ‘backbone’.”
Specifically, VMWare has partnered with StrongLoop to help make our mBaaS available on vCloud Air so that customers can use a hybrid approach to building out their mobile infrastructure, while allowing for a best of breed approach.
StrongLoop mBaaS highlights
For organizations looking to leverage vCloud Air for their mobile backbone, StrongLoop’s mBaaS offers many advantages:
- On-premise – take control of your mBaaS and run it in your datacenter or on your own cloud infrastructure
- Powered by LoopBack – the leading, open source API framework project built 100% in Node.js
- Push – send alerts and popups to iOS and Android devices
- Geopoint – compute position based on location, geo-spatial filters and sorting
- Replication – client to server, server to client, app to app and database to database
- Enterprise and social login – support for authentication through Facebook, Twitter, Google, GitHub and enterprise security services
- Storage service – CRUD, upload and download files from AWS, Rackspace, OpenStack and Azure
- User – Role based management with registration and token management
Here’s how to get started with vCloud Air and StrongLoop in four simple steps…
Step 1: Choose your operating system
Here are the basic options from the VMWare vCloud Air Marketplace
- Microsoft Windows Server
Complete catalog listing is here.
Step 2: Install Node.js
Download the appropriate Node installer based on your operating system.
Downloads and installation instructions are here.
Step 3: Install StrongLoop
Installing StrongLoop is simple once you have Node installed. Simply execute:
$ sudo npm install -g strongloop