A Taste of Platform: 5 Sessions from a Thriving Community
Starting Sunday, September 8th, Platform: the Cloud Foundry Conference welcomes a worldwide group of over 400 dedicated developers and operators to Santa Clara for the first conference around the open source Platform as a Service (PaaS). The conference features leaders, contributors, and users who will cover tech topics, provide roadmaps, and share case studies in an environment designed for interaction and discussion. There is also a dedicated un-conference where attendees attend discussion topics they voted on.
Besides hosts GE, IBM, and Pivotal, companies like VMware, AppFog/Savvis, NTT, Tier 3, ThingWorx, Wipro, Anchora, Rakuten, Cloud Elements, Intel, AnyNines, and others will also be speaking.
Using OpenStack to Take Cloud Foundry into High Gear
In this guest post, Piston Cloud CTO and co-founder Josh McKenty shares why Piston’s OpenStack community infrastructure is a catalyst for growing and expanding the Cloud Foundry community.
By now, most of you have noticed Piston’s growing involvement with Cloud Foundry, and our maturing partnership with Pivotal. It started with our collaboration to support running Cloud Foundry on top of OpenStack, and has matured through a number of joint customers, and more recently, a deepening engagement in Cloud Foundry development itself. So today’s announcement that we have agreed to provide community infrastructure for the CF development ecosystem, should come as no surprise.
Last week, we rapidly deployed a Piston OpenStack environment for the Cloud Foundry community.
Facilitating Open Community: an Interview with Andrew Clay Shafer
While planning the first Platform conference, I asked Andrew Shafer for advice and to facilitate an unconference. I first met him at OSCON 2010 and have enjoyed Andrew’s thought provoking perspective ever since. I sat down with Andrew to learn more about his experience with conferences, communities, open source, business and his plans for the Platform unconference.
Andrew, most people who are following the cloud computing and devops storyline for the past few years probably know who you are, but why don’t we start with an introduction.
Right, I’m Andrew Clay Shafer (@littleidea). A lot of people know me as a co-founder of Puppet Labs, and for evangelizing devops, but I worked for a couple of funded startups before that.
IBM WebSphere Liberty Buildpack on Cloud Foundry
IBM has just announced it is joining the Cloud Foundry project and making it a component of their open cloud architecture. Pivotal and IBM has jointly announced a series of actions to further engage the community in Cloud Foundry.
A guest blog by Rachel Reinitz, an IBM Distinguished Engineer in IBM Software Services
As one of the IBMers who have been engaging with Pivotal, I’ve really enjoyed the collaboration and certainly learned a lot. So, I’d like to tell you about the IBM/Pivotal collaboration around developing an IBM Java and Liberty buildpack.
Buildpacks offer Great Potential
A key part of the Cloud Foundry architecture is the use of buildpacks to specify and compose runtime environments for a class of applications. Cloud Foundry has adopted buildpacks from Heroku.
OpenStack Swift as a Cloud Foundry service
This is a guest blog post by anynines, a Cloud Foundry hosted cloud provider from Europe.
In the past few years, the perception of cloud hosting has been revolutionized by the growth of IaaS and PaaS environments. However, many of the major hosting companies are US-based. In order to assure that data subject to European Union data privacy regulations stays in the EU, it might be important for some users to choose an IaaS that is completely EU-based (unlike AWS, for example).
We are committed to solving this challenge. Say “hello” to anynines – a solution for European cloud enthusiasts (or any others!) looking for safe, 100% European PaaS hosting.
Matching IaaS to your PaaS
Firstly, we needed an IaaS that was EU-based and that worked with our PaaS.
Installing Cloud Foundry on Vagrant
This is a guest blog post by Altoros, a software development firm specializing in PaaS enablement and integration services around Hadoop and NoSQL.
Cloud Foundry is by default a highly distributed multi-tenant platform that is usually deployed at scale (>40 nodes) on top of existing virtualized infrastructure (e.g., VMware vSphere or vCloud, Amazon AWS or OpenStack). For the novice Cloud Foundry developer, a full scale PaaS deployment isn’t always an affordable choice. To address this issue, the Cloud Foundry team released Micro Cloud Foundry as a virtual machine image that could be run on a laptop. Micro Cloud Foundry behaved much like a production cloud and provided developers a sandbox to play with.
Static.com Adds Hadoop Support for Cloud Foundry
In this guest post, Jake Farrell, CTO for Static.com, explains how the major shift in the hosting industry towards platforms for high developer productivity and data-centric applications led them to build their Platform as a Service using Cloud Foundry with Hadoop support.
Test Static.com for Cloud Foundry Core Compatibility here.
The hosting industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation due to increasing demand for self-service cloud based capabilities. To greet this shift, Static.com, a subsidiary of Catalog.com, is leveraging 19 years of hosting experience, and adopting Cloud Foundry as the foundation for its Platform as a Service (PaaS).
Want to Contribute to Cloud Foundry? Come on in!
Cloud Foundry is an Open Platform-as-a-Service, and an Open Source project. It has attracted phenomenal interest from the community – including partners, companies using the code internally, and those individual developers with a passion for getting involved. You can find the source code on Github. Community contributions are what help to make the platform so extensible. We are always happy when we receive a Github pull request to offer new functionality or fixes! We also appreciate bug reports submitted through Github Issues.
Looking at the Cloud Foundry project as a whole though… where should you start?
As you might imagine, there are a lot of moving parts in a PaaS.
UK Charity Raises Record Donations Powered by Cloud Foundry
For Comic Relief – a UK based charity, fifty minutes of downtime during peak fundraising hours could result in half their annual online donations income being lost. This blog describes how Cloud Foundry was used to provide an Enterprise grade donations platform that helped Comic Relief raise a record £75million (about US $115 million) in funds for their humanitarian projects.
Guest Blog by Colin Humphreys, CloudCredo, Inc.
Comic Relief is a well known charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world free from poverty. They raise millions of pounds through two big fundraising campaigns – Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. The money raised is spent in the best possible way to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice.
NTT Contributes Nise BOSH, a Tool to Speed Up BOSH Development
NTT, the world’s leading telecom, has been active in fostering the Cloud Foundry developer and user community in Japan. We’re excited about NTT Lab’s latest open source community contribution to Cloud Foundry – Nise BOSH, a lightweight BOSH emulator for locally compiling, releasing and testing services. BOSH is an open source tool chain for release engineering, deployment and lifecycle management of large-scale distributed applications and services, such as Cloud Foundry. Nise BOSH allows developers and cloud operators who use BOSH to speed up the development feedback cycle while saving effort and money. In this post, we’ll explain how all this works and why it’s useful.