The Future of Network Security in Cloud Foundry

by November 30, 2016

(This post assumes you’ve read the introductory blog post.)
Introduction
While Cloud Foundry is the world’s premier developer platform, we have heard from customers how we can give them even better control and security, and help them integrate Cloud Foundry into their current and new environments. In this post, we’ll talk about some common pain points and how Cloud Foundry is evolving to give organizations better control and smoother adoption on their own terms. To summarize: the network is becoming application-aware and we’re embracing software-defined networking to help developers, DBAs, and security engineers manage and secure their CF networks in new, flexible ways.
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Meet the New Container Networking Stack for Cloud Foundry

by November 18, 2016

Introduction
A few months ago, we shared a vision for container networking for Cloud Foundry. Today, we are excited to introduce you to netman-release – the new, pluggable container networking stack for Cloud Foundry.
As stated in the vision, the main problems that the container networking effort aims to solve are:

Security policies within Cloud Foundry are provided through Application Security Groups (ASGs) which require an application restart to apply policy. Simple, CIDR-based rules are too broad to indicate application intent.
All communication between containers must go through the Gorouter. This exposes internal applications by requiring them to have a public route or configuring ASGs to allow all internal communication.

What Lies Ahead for Cloud Foundry

by November 17, 2016

Over the past few years, I’ve been lucky to witness the evolution of Cloud Foundry. From a commercial product owned by VMware and Pivotal to its rebirth as an open source foundation, Cloud Foundry is a great example of the evolution of the technology industry as a whole. Beginning in January of 2015, the Cloud Foundry Foundation began to establish business and technology governance, building a strategy that has since rooted Cloud Foundry as the leading cloud application platform. Earlier this year, I joined the Foundation as its first Fellow before transitioning to a full-time position as the Vice President of Strategy. There is no place else I’d rather be.
This is why I’m thrilled to announce I am taking over Cloud Foundry Foundation as the Executive Director.

Diego-release for Docker Containers at Scale on OpenPOWER

by November 10, 2016

In our earlier blog posts, we have described how to build and deploy Concourse, BOSH and cf-release on OpenPOWER systems, an alternative processor architecture based on IBM POWER systems. In separate performance experiments, we have run up to 10,000 containers in a single IBM POWER system and run workloads such as IBM WebSphere Liberty in Docker containers with better price performance on IBM POWER systems.
In this post, we are describing how to build and deploy Cloud Foundry with Diego, for running Docker containers, as a BOSH release on OpenStack on OpenPOWER systems. Diego release installation steps with BOSH documented here require OpenPOWER specific binaries to deploy on OpenPOWER. We are providing a base Diego release which contains three OpenPOWER binaries: golang 1.7.

Twitter Chat: The Developer Gap – Join Us Tomorrow!

by November 2, 2016

Today, we published a report titled “Identifying The Developer Gap,” which divulges a looming shortage of developers with cloud skills. This “Developer Gap” presages difficulties not only for IT but for businesses in general — particularly as software continues to “eat the world.”
Although we are still in the early stages of this “developer gap,” the findings indicate companies who are late to the game will struggle to find the highly-skilled developers required to keep up with an industry becoming more fragmented and complex, and as the pace of change continues to accelerate. You can read the full report here.

How Can I Try Out Cloud Foundry?

by October 27, 2016

So you’ve built a cloud native app, taking advantage of all the 12-factors, or at least most of them. Is there a cloud application platform that you could run it to test it out? Yes, there is: Cloud Foundry.
Here are some of our certified providers that can help you get up and running on Cloud Foundry immediately:

AppFog from CenturyLink. Take advantage of a free trial on AppFog, CenturyLink’s platform based on Cloud Foundry. You also gain access to the broad array of services and resources for those developers that are new to cloud-native.
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Cloud Foundry: What’s the state of the project?

by October 20, 2016

With thousands of contributors and more than 130 core committers on Cloud Foundry, it can be challenging to keep up with the state of the project. At Cloud Foundry Summit in Frankfurt, Cloud Foundry Foundation VP of Technology Chip Childers provided an up-to-the-minute status report on Cloud Foundry. He kicked off the discussion with the to-be-released incrementally v3 API, moved on to “secret weapon” buildpacks, explained the need to migrate to Diego Runtime and delved into Garden before attacking cf v242’s volume services, container to container networking, route services, “bits” service, isolation segments, Abacus, BOSH “2.0” (“the heart of the Cloud Foundry multi-cloud promise”) and the OpenStack CPI.

Digital Uprising, One Government at a Time

by October 18, 2016

What do the Dutch government agency Rijkswaterstaat, the U.S.A.’s cloud.gov, and the Australian and UK governments have in common? They all use Cloud Foundry in their digital transformation journey! Watch these fascinating talks on how these government agencies left behind their clunky legacy technologies and learned to embrace open source as a path to digital excellence, with Cloud Foundry at the heart of it all.
1. Open As a Disruptor for Government: Liam Maxwell, UK Government
What’s the “square of despair”? National Technology Adviser Liam Maxwell explains.

2. Running Cloud Foundry in a Compliance and Security Focused Environment: Diego Lapiduz and Bret A.

5 Reasons Developers Can’t Afford to Miss Watson DevCon

by October 18, 2016

The countdown to the first-ever Watson Developer Conference is on. In less than one month, developers, students and entrepreneurs will be coming to the Innovation Hangar in San Francisco to learn how to drive innovation through cognitive app development. I’m here to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what you can expect at the DevCon and why you can’t afford to miss it.

REASON #1: Experience Watson services on Bluemix with hands-on labs:Stop by our hands-on labs and learn how to get started with Watson services, kick-start your app and become a Bluemix pro. And not to worry, Watson and Bluemix experts will be on-site to help answer questions and even bounce your latest and greatest app ideas off of.

Watch Cloud Foundry Summit Frankfurt Videos Now!

by October 13, 2016

Last month’s Cloud Foundry Summit in Frankfurt, Germany, brought together hundreds of members from our community and sparked fascinating conversations about the future of Cloud Foundry. Keynotes and technical talks were given by experts from around the world, and the schedule was packed! If you weren’t able to make it to certain talks or if you just want to rewatch some of your favorites, see the full playlist from Summit or just press play below.

For a full retrospective on Cloud Foundry Summit Europe, check out our recap! Read high-level lookbacks from Tuesday and Wednesday, see the full list of news, articles and blogs from Summit, and peruse the photo gallery below.