cloud foundry

The New Cloud Foundry Brand

by November 3, 2015

Yesterday afternoon during CEO Sam Ramji’s opening keynote at Cloud Foundry Summit Berlin (our first in Europe), we unveiled the new brand for Cloud Foundry. It marks an exciting moment in the evolution of what has quickly grown to become the industry standard platform for cloud applications.

. @sramji presenting the new #cloudfoundry brand.
— Casey West (@caseywest) November 2, 2015

This has been a collaborative effort among many members of the community. It is simple and clean and built to stand the test of time as our ecosystem grows. It is a visual identity tested globally and designed to work across many types of media and last for years.

Platforms Beat Products, Every Time

by October 8, 2015

Platforms beat products. 10 years ago, that might have not been the popular thinking. However, the latest cloud platforms are beating product. Over at today, Bryan Kirschner posted an interesting piece on how platform economics work – and why a product strategy will always lose.
As he puts it: “a successful platform strategy requires upending product strategy assumptions. Products win on features. Platforms win with communities. Value creation must shift from internal optimization to external servicing. Behavior must shift from command-and-control to openness by default.”
He goes on to highlight the three key pillars of a presentation from Cloud Foundry’s CEO, Sam Ramji:

Garden and runC

by July 31, 2015

Today, Julz Friedman (an engineer from IBM and the Anchor for Cloud Foundry’s Garden project) posted an important update from the Garden project team to the cf-dev mailing list about the future of the Garden project’s approach to the Linux container runtime. TL;DR here is that the Garden project will be transitioning from it’s own backend for Linux containers to using runC from the Open Container Initiative.
As he says in his email, the team did an initial prototype as part of this decision (fair warning, that repo is a spike).

News: EMC CTO John Roese Elected Chair of Cloud Foundry Board

by April 9, 2015

Today we announced that EMC’s CTO, John Roese, was eleccted Chair by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. In the role of Chair, John will be responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the Foundation. You can read more about it — and the importance of John’s background — in this Forbes story by Ben Kepes.

“Cloud Foundry is gaining momentum and the foundation needs to be seen in a credible light.” – Ben Kepes

“John’s progressive views on technology development and strong business acumen will serve the Foundation well,” said Cloud Foundry CEO Sam Ramji. “He leads a talented Board of Directors who are committed to making Cloud Foundry a place of practice for continuous innovation.

Welcome to Cloud Foundry: Mirantis

by April 2, 2015

Earlier this morning, news broke that Mirantis has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation. You can read more about in the official press release below.
Forbes’ Ben Kepes also provides a solid analysis of why this marriage of platform and infrastructure is good for companies who want to build their businesses on open cloud technologies.

Press Release
Mirantis Joins Cloud Foundry Foundation
Newest member commits to simplifying deployment and management of Cloud Foundry on top of OpenStack
SAN FRANCISCO, April 2, 2015 – Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the leading open source cloud native application platform, today announced that Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, has joined the organization.

Growing CF Foundation – Swapping over the Atlantic

by July 1, 2014

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.

New Performance Testing Tool added to the Cloud Foundry Incubator

by May 16, 2014

At the April Cloud Foundry Advisory Board meeting the Performance Acceptance Test (PAT) project, contributed by IBM, was accepted as a new Cloud Foundry incubator project. The idea behind PAT is that there should be a super easy way to test performance of Cloud Foundry installations so that any intended improvements can be proven, and regressions can be caught before the new code goes live.
High level overview of the PAT tool
PAT was originally created at the start of 2014 when it was noticed that a previous load testing tool project called Stac2 had gone stale, leaving an important gap in the Cloud Foundry CI/CD story that needed filling.

Packaged and Offline Buildpacks

by April 3, 2014

With the recent addition of the cf create-buildpack and cf update-buildpack commands, we’ve been looking into changes to how the Java Buildpack is deployed on Cloud Foundry. There is a move afoot to remove the buildpacks from the DEAs in favor of using those commands (with an automated initial install to preserve user-experience) and an outcome of this was the need to more easily create ‘packaged’ buildpacks. In the process of delivering these packages we also realized that we could also deliver “offline” buildpacks. To understand why “offline” buildpacks are interesting, it helps to understand why the buildpack is designed to look for dependencies on the Internet in the first place.

Cloud Foundry Serving Around the Globe

by February 14, 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) is a really large organization with even larger reach – probably much more than most of us realize. Sure, you probably know about the massive genealogy library and databases that they have, but it’s so much more. In my cursory research I found that they have numerous humanitarian programs, benefitting people around the globe with health services, drilling wells for safe water, disaster relief, educational services and more.
Why am I telling you all this? Because, just like in virtually every other industry Software is Eating the World; the mission of the LDS Church is greatly enabled and supported through technological innovation and application.

SAP HANA Service Broker Contributed to the Cloud Foundry Incubator

by December 11, 2013

The quintessential story for platform as a service is that the developer needn’t perform a bunch of administrative functions just to start working on their code. Have a look at the installation instructions for the developer-targeted Spring Trader reference implementation for a pre-PaaS deployment experience. In a PaaS, this lengthy guide is replaced with one command each to provision a database and a messaging service, and then another command that deploys each part of the application with bindings to these services.
Service brokers are what make this provisioning and binding happen with ease, and today we are delighted to report that Cloud Foundry partner, SAP, has open sourced a new Cloud Foundry service broker for their SAP HANA database.