sundling writes "Creator of the popular Java Spring Framework, SpringSource has been acquired by VMWare. SpringSource itself has acquired a number of companies itself including G2One (the company behind Grails, the Java contender for the Ruby on Rails crowd) and Hyperic. SpringSource has also become home to other important Java projects like AspectJ for Aspect Oriented programming. Of all the open source Java Enterprise players, Spring tends to have vision that will definitely expand into the cloud. It was already putting the pieces together, but being acquired by VMWare should accelerate that direction."