Cloud Foundry

Hope Versus Reality: Containers In 2016

by June 15, 2016

Today we released the broadest and deepest report to date on containers. The report, part of the Cloud Foundry Foundation’s Global Perception Study, was conducted in the first quarter of 2016 and included an extraordinary 711 respondents across seven geographies (US, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Japan, South Korea) in five languages (English, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean).
Given the breadth of the users included in this survey, the results provided insights into the current state of containers in organizations around the world today. It was fascinating, to me, to see that the majority of companies (53%) had either deployed or were evaluating containers.

#tbt to Wednesday at Summit

by May 26, 2016

The Cloud Foundry Summit NA has come to an end–with the distinction of being the largest Cloud Foundry gathering in history! With 107 sessions, keynotes, lightning talks, breakouts, BoFs and project office hours and 29 sponsors, Cloud Foundry NA Summit 2016 was a smashing success.
Here’s a peek back at Wednesday’s main events:
Memberships & Certifications

EMC announced Unik, a new open source tool enabling developers to deploy applications to the cloud and IoT devices more securely and efficiently by compiling application sources into unikernels.
The first public preview of service brokers for Azure was released today, enabling developers to easily connect and configure Azure services and expanding the Cloud Foundry ecosystem to Azure.

Swiss Re moves to Cloud Foundry from Swisscom

by May 9, 2016

Over the next five years, the global reinsurer will be drawing on infrastructure, databases and a development platform from the Swisscom Cloud.
If a natural catastrophe strikes, it is imperative for reinsurer Swiss Re to act quickly. What is the extent of the damage? To find out, its 12,500 employees at 70 global locations need reliable data to be available at the touch of a button. For this purpose, Swiss Re relies on the Swisscom Cloud. Swisscom delivers infrastructure, a development platform and run-time environment, databases and IT service management from a single source. The service includes: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Database as a Service (DBaaS), a comprehensive integration layer, service management and self-service portals.

Former VMware Director of Validation Services Tim Harris Joins Cloud Foundry Foundation

by May 5, 2016

Founder of Cloud Education Non-Profit Takes On Certification Programs
SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2016– Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry-standard platform for cloud applications, today announced Tim Harris as Director of Certification Programs, in support of the existing Cloud Foundry Certified PaaS program and forthcoming programs.
“Cloud Foundry certification provides the promise of portability and flexibility, allowing true multi-cloud computing,” said Harris. “As we extend certification programs for Cloud Foundry developers and operators, we can continue to build and reward our rapidly growing community. Together these programs represent a unique opportunity to push this community to even broader success and adoption.

Context Path Routing

by April 15, 2016

We’d like to share a feature developed by the OSS Routing team at Cloud Foundry called Context Path Routing that should simplify creation and management of multiple microservices. Although this was introduced late last year, we have just completed CLI support for it; so this is a good time to review it. More importantly, this should save time for most of you by streamlining your development and reducing the complexity associated with many applications.
Most Cloud Foundry developers know that if you push your app to CloudFoundry and want to have data traffic reach that app and do something meaningful, you need to create and map a route to your app. The way you create a route is by adding a hostname to the domain. Here is an example:
cf create-route myspace example.

Key Cloud-Native Approaches and Challenges to an Agile Digital Business

by March 9, 2016

Organizations realize that in competing against digital disrupters, they must move beyond being cloud service consumers to becoming cloud providers themselves. This requires looking differently at how they tackle software engineering and involves the adoption of a cloud-native architecture. Lets take a look at some of the approaches and challenges of these new development practices and application architectures and technologies and what questions you should be asking.
Continuous Integration – Continuous Delivery
Key areas to help accelerate software delivery are continuous integration and continuous delivery. Both allow developers to build and update software quickly and frequently with the aim to build, test, and release software as speedily as possible.

Introducing CF-Abacus – Part 3 of 3

by February 19, 2016

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CF-Abacus team: Jean-Sebastien Delfino (IBM), Saravanakumar Srinivasan “Assk” (Independent), Benjamin Cheng (IBM), Hristo Lliev (SAP), Georgi Sabev (SAP), Kevin Yudhiswara (IBM), Piotr Przybylski (IBM), and Rajkiran Balasubramanian (IBM)
In part 1 and part 2 of this series we introduced the metering problem that CF-Abacus solves as well as giving a complete overview of its architecture and design. In the last part we discuss the decisions the team took to realize the architecture and give some hints about future directions and conclude with the next steps. We also provide various references that all parties interested with CF-Abacus can use to become more active in the project.

100-day Challenge #002: Running postgresql-cf-service-broker on Cloud Foundry

by February 17, 2016

The 2nd topic of “Cloud Foundry 100-day Challenge” is postgresql-cf-service-broker, which may come as a little bit of a twisted feeling.
Basic Information

Source code:

This application is actually is not a typical application. It is an application that functions as a service broker for Clould Foundry.
Having said that, the reason that we are covering this topic now is because we utilized this application to build the PostgreSQL service in the previous Kandan article, so we found it appropriate to cover this topic at this timing.
Additionally, we believed that this article will prove useful to readers who are, or are considering, building Cloud Foundry environments using bosh-lite, etc. on their own.

Introducing CF-Abacus – Part 2 of 3

by February 12, 2016

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CF-Abacus team: Jean-Sebastien Delfino (IBM), Saravanakumar Srinivasan “Assk” (Independent), Benjamin Cheng (IBM), Hristo Lliev (SAP), Georgi Sabev (SAP), Kevin Yudhiswara (IBM), Piotr Przybylski (IBM), and Rajkiran Balasubramanian (IBM)
In part 1 of this 3-part series, we motivated the metering problem for a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) like CloudFoundry (CF) and introduced and scoped CF-Abacus, which we claim provides a turnkey metering engine that can be used in a scalable manner by any CF installation. In this part, we dive into the architecture of CF-Abacus and also some of the key design points chosen by the team.
Architecture Overview
CF-Abacus uses a pipeline architecture.

Cloud Foundry Morning Edition, Episode 15: New teams!

by February 11, 2016

Welcome to the Cloud Foundry Morning Edition Episode 15! The news includes:

The call for papers for the Cloud Foundry Summit, May 23-25 is now open. Submit your best talk!
The ECS Team has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation!
Dr. Max has a series of blog posts on CF-Abacus.
The Japan Cloud Foundry group is posting a series of 100 days of apps.
We are kicking off our Cloud Foundry Expert Certification with an in person meeting March 1-2.
There’s been lots of meetups and talks.

The Colorado Meetup has Digital Globe speaking next week
Casey West spoke at the Sydney meetup and the Pittsburg meetup.