cloud foundry

Stark & Wayne’s Dr. Nic on Winning in Production [Video]

by August 16, 2016

With his trademark sense of humor, Stark & Wayne’s Dr. Nic recounts what it was like to build a web application without the knowledge of how to run it in production, how discovering Cloud Foundry enabled a massive shift, and how clients have now adopted Cloud Foundry in production of over 10,000 applications.
Watch his thirty minute talk for a demonstration on how to deploy a new application to Cloud Foundry, view the logs and run database migrations — made all the more enjoyable thanks to Dr. Nic’s unique perspective and signature sense of humor.

Grape Up Revisits Cloud Foundry: UDP, VoIP, and Beyond! (Video)

by August 12, 2016

Roman Swoszowski, Grape Up’s CTO and VP of Cloud Foundry Services, provides a deep dive into what Cloud Foundry is and all that it has to offer. While Cloud Foundry is well-suited for web applications and 12-factor apps, it also supports TCP traffic, making itself ideal for IoT solutions. The Grape Up team experimented with the Cloud Foundry platform and enabled it for UDP-based applications, specifically VoIP use cases.

The Gap on Cloud Optimization & Cloud Foundry (Video)

by August 10, 2016

Philip Glebow, Gap’s Director of Pricing Architecture, draws an analogy between cloud optimization and a balanced diet of foods with the highest nutritional impact at minimal cost. To achieve this optimized “diet,” Gap employs linear optimizer Gurobi, which integrates with Cloud Foundry, and works with Amazon.
Glebow explains the nuance of localized promotional pricing which takes into account the average costs and seasonal wear appropriate to different geographies, and how this enables Gap to move inventory. Involved in these calculations are sensitive timing deadlines for price adjustment—specifically, the need to complete six thousand instances of a complex optimization problem within four hours.

Join the Cloud Foundry User Case Studies Program Today!

by July 12, 2016

Are you using Cloud Foundry? Is it making your world a better place? If so, we’d love to help you share your story.
Through the Cloud Foundry User Case Studies Program, we are raising awareness of Cloud Foundry. We want to share stories about how people use Cloud Foundry in order to encourage contributions to the open source software project and increase usage.
Whether you’ve just started working with Cloud Foundry or have applications in production today, we want to help you tell your story. Are you (or someone you know!):

Taking the IoT world by storm like GE?
Transforming government security and scalability like Cloud.

Hertz Leads IT Transformation using Cloud Foundry

by June 15, 2016

The Hertz Corporation. (PRNewsFoto/The Hertz Corporation)
A leader since the Ford Model T
Companies that are household names are rarely associated with innovation. Particularly when those companies have been household names since the 1920s. This is especially true for industries like car rental.
A New Approach
Fast forward to 2016. Hertz Global Holdings operates the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly car rental brands in approximately 9,980 corporate and licensee locations throughout approximately 150 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand.
John LaFreniere, Enterprise Architecture Vice President at Hertz
Hertz is now one of the largest car rental companies in the United States.

Cloud.gov: Offering agencies production-level security and scalability

by May 18, 2016

In October 2015, 18F announced cloud.gov, a new platform that will enable federal teams to rapidly develop and deploy web services with best-practice, production-level security and scalability. The platform will also help agencies reduce the work required to comply with federal security regulations.
Bret Mogilefsky, Innovation Specialist at 18F, recently shared his perspective on this game-changing initiative. Don’t miss his presentation at Cloud Foundry Summit 2016.
Making an impact
Mogilefsky’s professional accomplishments are diverse. They include time at Sony PlayStation, where he managed the developer-services group and helped pioneer the use of web-based support for pro game developers.

Springer Nature Reduces Deployment Time From Weeks To Minutes with Cloud Foundry

by May 17, 2016

Building the Foundation for Growth

Two years ago when Daniel Otte, Head of Platform Engineering, and Simon Johansson, Platform Engineer at Springer Nature, chose Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service (PaaS) as the foundation for global application deployment, little did they know that this decision would be a harbinger of huge transformations. May 2015 marked the final approval of the merger that formed Springer Nature, a transaction that combined Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media. This merger grew the company to almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries. Today, Springer Nature is a major force in scientific, scholarly, professional and educational publishing.

GE Leverages Pivotal Cloud Foundry to Build Predix, First Cloud for Industry

by May 11, 2016

At the 2015 Minds + Machines conference in San Francisco, GE announced that its Predix platform – the first PaaS built specifically for industry – was open for general availability. We chatted with Jeff Barrows, Cloud Platform Engineering Manager at GE Digital, to get his perspective on this transformation initiative. Don’t miss Jeff’s presentation at Cloud Foundry Summit 2016.
Jeff Barrows, Cloud Platform Engineering Manager at GE Digital
How did you get involved in Pivotal Cloud Foundry?
When I first joined GE, we were using a traditional three-tier web application deployment model—I designed Chef-based mechanisms to help developers deploy their Predix-based apps to the cloud using AWS or vSphere.

CI/CD Running on Cloud Foundry

by March 24, 2016

Pushing Apps to Cloud Foundry is as easy as it gets, thanks to the cf push command. However, it is still tedious to push your code after every change you make, just to see if it runs in the cloud. That’s where a CI/CD (continuous integration and continuous deployment) server comes in handy. It tests, builds and deploys your code every time you git push changes and makes sure that your code is always tested and deployed.
Now wouldn’t it be nice if your CI/CD server which deploys to Cloud Foundry also actually ran on Cloud Foundry? With Strider that is possible. It watches all your repos and, as soon as you git push some changes, tests them and deploys your app to CF.

Introducing CF-Abacus – Part 3 of 3

by February 19, 2016

picture credit: http://www.tecmaths.com
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)
Introduction
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.