Why Altoros Joins the Cloud Foundry Foundation

by May 29, 2014

The momentum behind the Cloud Foundry Foundation signals the arrival of an application-defined infrastructure, where an app can define the underlying infrastructure through an industry-standard API call. As a corporate sponsor of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Altoros will continue contributing resources and code to help the Foundation fulfill its mission. Recently I wrote a post describing…
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Altoros is Sponsoring the Cloud Foundry Summit and Presenting a Lightning Talk

by May 29, 2014

On Jun 9-11, 800+ Platform-as-a-Service fans will gather at the Cloud Foundry Summit in San Francisco to discuss DevOps topics, CF roadmap, community contributions, and operational best practices. Altoros, which has recently become a Silver member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, is also participating. Besides providing the gold-level sponsorship to the event and delivering a…
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Using AWS spot instances to cut the cost of your BOSH deployments

by May 22, 2014

AWS, Google and Azure are in a price war; and seem committed to matching on-demand prices. That is good, but not the whole story.
The under reported price is that of the AWS spot market; which can be up to 10 x cheaper than on-demand prices.

Instance Type
On-demand / month
Spot / month

m3.medium
$56
$7

m2.xlarge
$200
$14

r3.xlarge
$358
$29

There are only 2 differences between AWS spot and on-demand instances.
1. Spot instances take longer to start (5 min vs 1 min)
2. Spot instances “fail” more frequently; when spot prices move above your bid price your instance gets terminated.
You might think that ( 2 ) would prevent you from using spot to host “always on” services like Cloud Foundry.
However:
1.

How to Speed Up AngularJS Apps That Use Internalization Libraries

by May 22, 2014

For a while, I was involved into development of a document workflow management-as-a-service system. The client app was created using AngularJS and I was to decide on the best option for its internalization (i18n) and localization (l10n). However, the service had a rather complex UI with plenty of messages to be translated and transferred between…
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Still Not into Cloud Foundry? Join These Hands-on Workshops and Get the Most of the CF Summit

by May 20, 2014

If you are amazed by the capabilities Cloud Foundry provides, but your experience with this PaaS is not long, you may be interested in one of the two workshops organized by Altoros. They will give knowledge and hands-on skills you need to become an active participant of the Cloud Foundry Summit. The workshop before the…
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New Performance Testing Tool added to the Cloud Foundry Incubator

by May 16, 2014

At the April Cloud Foundry Advisory Board meeting the Performance Acceptance Test (PAT) project, contributed by IBM, was accepted as a new Cloud Foundry incubator project. The idea behind PAT is that there should be a super easy way to test performance of Cloud Foundry installations so that any intended improvements can be proven, and regressions can be caught before the new code goes live.
High level overview of the PAT tool
PAT was originally created at the start of 2014 when it was noticed that a previous load testing tool project called Stac2 had gone stale, leaving an important gap in the Cloud Foundry CI/CD story that needed filling.

New Fellow Travelers Join the Cloud Foundry Foundation Mission

by May 2, 2014

Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz wrote about Cloud Foundry back in February when we announced our intention to form the non-profit Cloud Foundry Foundation. The Foundation aims to formalize Pivotal’s commitment to the open governance of a new platform that serves businesses in a multi-cloud world, anchored around Cloud Foundry.
I’m delighted with Pivotal’s announcement of the eight new Gold level members who have stated their intention to join the Cloud Foundry Foundation when it launches this Fall. They include  Accenture, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, Ericsson, GE, Intel, NTT and Verizon, bringing the total level of Platinum and Gold members to 17.
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