Driving Cloud Foundry User Requirements
Developing and prioritizing requirements
The Cloud Foundry Foundation wants to make sure all of our member companies’ requirements are included in our platform strategy. One way we do that is through vertically focused special interest groups, or SIGs for short.
Cloud Foundry is about its users, many of which join the Cloud Foundry Foundation. As we look across our membership, over 80% are truly user companies. This is a unique and valuable asset for the ongoing and overall success of the project. We will only change the world if our software helps make users successful by providing the capabilities they need to drive their businesses. In turn, user success will proliferate to our members who provide Cloud Foundry services, driving their overall success as well.
Biarca CEO Kris Rajana On Joining Cloud Foundry
You may have seen the news from Biarca today. They are one of the latest companies to join Cloud Foundry Foundation. In the following QA, CEO Kris Rajana shares a bit more about Biarca and how they’re working with Cloud Foundry.
“Cloud Foundry is the leading open source platform delivering PaaS. It was a no brainer to embrace it.”
– Biarca CEO Kris Rajana
What does Biarca do?
Biarca is a Professional Services company focused on helping transform organizations from a legacy IT and applications approach to ones that delivers IT as a Service. We work directly with end customers, and partners with value-added resellers and managed service providers.
Please join us for the first ever Cloud Foundry doc sprint!
Hack on MDN Sprint. March 2015. Berlin, Germany. Photo by Biraj Karmaker.
Please join us for the first official Cloud Foundry doc sprint!
No writing experience is required. (Although if you are a technical writer, we would love to have your help!) We are looking for a balance of technical writers, developers and users.
What: Cloud Foundry doc sprint
Where: Cloud Foundry Foundation offices at 535 Mission Street
When: September 30, 2015, 9am-5pm (drinks and dinner afterwards)
Topic: Getting started with Cloud Foundry
Who: Technical writers, Cloud Foundry Developers and Cloud Foundry Users
What’s a doc sprint?
Writing documentation is hard. Some people have the technical knowledge but not the writing skills.
Supporting Cloud Foundry Meetups and their speakers with travel
Come speak at one of the 152+ global Cloud Foundry meetups!
Meetups are an important part of learning about new technology, connecting with others doing the same thing and helping others. When I started at Cloud Foundry, I thought I’d help meetups by helping them find sponsors for location and pizza. Turns out, that’s not what they need. They need awesome speakers!
So here’s the plan.
We’ll designate a place for speakers to list their accomplishments.
We’ll provide a place for speakers to say they are available and meetup organizers to say they need speakers.
We’ll provide funding for speakers to travel to meetups.
Speakers, make yourselves known
We need a place where speakers can identify themselves and what topics they know.
Cloud Foundry at LinuxCon: Some great conversations!
Last week Cloud Foundry – contributors, members and future users – were at LinuxCon!
We had an awesome booth where we got a lot of great questions and had fun ourselves. We had three types of people stop by the booth: newbies, curious and fans!
Newbies: We gave away tshirts so we got a lot of the polite “What is it?” questions – hopefully those newbies left a bit more informed.
Curious: We also got a lot of great questions from people exploring Cloud Foundry. Many people from large enterprises stopped to tell us they were installing it and using it in parts of their organization. They had very specific usage questions.
Fans: In addition, much to my delight, we got several questions and offers to help from people who wanted to contribute to Cloud Foundry.
Cloud Foundry on Azure Preview…The Sequel
Unlike most movie sequels, software tends to get better with each new version. This afternoon, Microsoft announced the sequel to its April premier of Cloud Foundry on Azure. Dubbed Cloud Foundry on Azure Preview 2, this newest Microsoft contribution to the Cloud Foundry ecosystem incorporates months of community feedback and new Cloud Foundry technologies.
With these new updates, customers will be able to deploy a standard Cloud Foundry infrastructure on Azure using Bosh-Init.
You can watch the trailer for Cloud Foundry on Azure Preview 2 below:
For more information, head over to the BOSH Azure CPI github repo.
The Cloud Foundry Foundation: Who We Are
One of the most important aspects of this past six months has been getting our Foundation team fully in place.
Now we’re fully staffed and wanted to share a brief recap of the team and our roles.
In the News: Cloud Native, HP + ActiveState and BOSH
A number of great resources to help you on your Cloud Foundry journey hit the intertubes this week. Among them:
A step-by-step guide to using BOSH
A helpful list of ways to get started with Cloud Foundry
An insightful talk about Cloud Foundry, cloud native and the continuous innovation movement given by Cloud Foundry CEO Sam Ramji at OSCON. You can grab Sam’s slides here and watch the video below:
And in case you missed it, Cloud Foundry Foundation members HP and ActiveState created quite the stir this week, too.
The Forklifted Application
This content was originally posted on the Pivotal blog and is part of the upcoming book – on Cloud Native Java – that I am writing with Kenny Bastani on building cloud native applications with Spring and Cloud Foundry. –Josh
Community and customers alike are moving as much of their workloads to platforms like Cloud Foundry as possible. Cloud Foundry aims to improve velocity by reducing or at least making consistent the operational concerns associated with deploying and managing applications. Cloud Foundry is an ideal place to run online web-based services and applications, service integrations and back-office type processing.
How can I try out Cloud Foundry?
So you’ve built a cloud native app, developed with all the best practices for software as a service or microservices architectures. Where do you try it out?
There are at least three ways to easily give it a go within the expanding Cloud Foundry ecosystem:
Pivotal Web Services. You can sign up for a free trial and run your app on Pivotal’s public Cloud Foundry service. You’ll need to pay for the number of instances and memory you use after the free trial.
IBM BlueMix. You can sign up and try out IBM’s instance of Cloud Foundry. You’ll get half a GB free each month for runtimes and containers.
Lattice. Install Lattice. Think about Lattice as a lightweight version of Cloud Foundry.