grape up Works to Broaden Cloud Foundry Adoption

February 7, 2019

More than 50% of Fortune 500 companies have transformed using Cloud Foundry, and it is being widely adopted by large enterprises worldwide. Smaller companies should be equally able to create their dreams with Cloud Foundry, a topic the new Cloudboostr stack from grape up addresses.

Simplicity and flexibility are essential to this idea, so Cloudboostr fuses Cloud Foundry Application Runtime (CFAR) and Cloud Foundry Container Runtime (CFCR) to let companies “easily unlock their full potential by running any workload in the cloud,” according to grape up’s Daniel Hekman.

PaaS, CaaS, and Hybrids

By integrating CFAR with CFCR – which provides a Kubernetes-certified way to manage Kubernetes clusters through Cloud Foundry BOSH – companies can pursue Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) or Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) strategies while on their digital transformation journeys.

Ready-made templates and grape up’s cloud maturity model were created so that all enterprises can enjoy the same benefits of going cloud native with Cloud Foundry as larger organizations traditionally have.

Cloudboostr can be deployed on open source Cloud Foundry and to reach out to public clouds, while also providing the ability to run on VMware Cloud Foundry (PCF) and the Swisscom Application Cloud.

grape up let the world know about its unique solution in a joint announcement with the Cloud Foundry Foundation during the 2019 Cloud Foundry Europe Summit in Basel, Switzerland. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley but has its roots in Krakow, Poland’s technology region, and maintains four offices in Europe.

Maturity Model Guides Transformation

“Our cloud maturity model takes organizations through four key steps,” Daniel explains. “A cloud native journey starts with platform technology that enables you to start leveraging automation. Then we train your workforce to work in an agile environment. After that step, we are able to show you how to transform your existing workloads to the cloud, and then build apps and services the new, cloud native way.”

Any type of company, no matter where they are in their cloud native journey, can choose to adopt this platform and method. This includes enterprises in which some teams may be deploying 12-factor apps into public clouds while at the same time other teams are using open source Cloud Foundry. Still others may be experimenting with other new tools. The grape up model is easy to adopt and bring disparate teams together without forcing them to work in one platform.”

Inside Cloudboostr deployments, a telemetry system collects metrics, monitors component and is integrated with Cloud Engine, according to grape up. Pre-configured visual dashboards provide the ability to view information about the current usage, the state of the platform as well as each component, and browse all the collected metrics.

Ops Control automates and simplifies operations and platform management. For CFCR users, application code is automatically packaged into containers and runs in the cloud.

There is also built-in support for Java, Go, .Net, Node. js, Ruby, PHP, Python, static websites, and binary executables, and optional support for custom languages.

Understanding How Transformation Works

grape up has more than a decade’s worth of experience in consuming enterprise IT technology as it has built out its own business and infrastructure. Its latest step, with Cloudboostr, is to spread the word about “how we understand how an organization works, how a transformation works, and how to get the right questions to the technical people to achieve what the business wants to achieve,” Daniel concludes.

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As Senior Marketing Manager of Cloud Foundry Foundation, Caitlyn runs content and manages diversity programming.