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.
Q&A: Junjie Cai
We’re closing in on the opening keynote of Cloud Foundry Summit 2015 (May 11-12 in Santa Clara…you registered already, right?). Continuing our series of Q&As with speakers you’ll see at the Summit is IBM Bluemix runtime architect, Junjie Cai, who’s talk on “10 common errors when pushing applications to Cloud Foundry” is sure to draw a crowd.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your career history.
I’m currently the architect for the runtime offerings in IBM’s cloud application platform called Bluemix. Previously I worked on several cloud related incubation projects inside IBM including the multi-tenancy tech-preview feature in IBM JDK. Before that I worked on Apache Geronimo and Apache Harmony.
EMC Stages the First Cloud Foundry Dojo
(Earlier this morning, EMC announced the first Cloud Foundry Dojo in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Brian Gallagher, President, Cloud Management Division at EMC, gives us a look inside.)
Having reached the rank of second-degree black belt in ShukoKai Karate, I’m acutely aware that martial arts excellence requires an all-in commitment by students to master strength, flexibility, discipline and harmony across both body and mind. Like any worthwhile training, students benefit greatly from a teacher, a sensei, to impart experience, skill and wisdom. The same holds true in software and application development. Pupils learn from masters and advance to create new innovations through the art of code writing.
Growing CF Foundation – Swapping over the Atlantic
In the last few weeks, we saw a fast adaption and commitment from the Cloud Foundry Open Source Foundation members and just during the Cloud Foundry Platform conference two weeks ago; Swisscom joined the group as the 34th member of the Foundation (Checkout the panel discussion with Piston, Pivotal and Swisscom on stage).
Snapshot from the CF Platform Conference, 6.9.14, San Francisco
Swisscom is the biggest Service Provider of Switzerland, an early adopter of Cloud Technologies and was involved as one of the first few Service Providers in the Cloud Foundry Community in 2013.
Using AWS spot instances to cut the cost of your BOSH deployments
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.
On-demand / month
Spot / month
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.