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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. Offering agencies production-level security and scalability

by May 18, 2016

In October 2015, 18F announced, 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

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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)
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.

Introducing CF-Abacus – Part 2 of 3

by February 12, 2016

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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)
In part 1 of this 3-part series, we motivated the metering problem for a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) like CloudFoundry (CF) and introduced and scoped CF-Abacus, which we claim provides a turnkey metering engine that can be used in a scalable manner by any CF installation. In this part, we dive into the architecture of CF-Abacus and also some of the key design points chosen by the team.
Architecture Overview
CF-Abacus uses a pipeline architecture.

Introducing CF-Abacus – Part 1 of 3

by February 4, 2016

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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)
Project CF-Abacus is a scalable usage aggregation and metering engine for any CloudFoundry (CF) installations. The paramount goal of the incubation project is to provide a complete turnkey solution that any CF vendor can use to enable their CF environments with usage metering and aggregation in a manner that will scale with number of users, organizations, spaces, and services.

dorma+kaba – One of the world’s leading providers of security and access solutions selects CloudFoundry

by January 26, 2016

Dorma+kaba Group is the latest Cloud Foundry user. They decided to start using Cloud Foundry because Swisscom’s Application Cloud offered them a certified and global industry standard for Platform as a Service.
“We are transforming our business model, as we are moving away from the product and focusing more on being a service business. The Swisscom Application Cloud is the means by which to do this.”
Andreas Häberli,
CTO, dorma+kaba Group
From the product to the services business.
The challenge: fit for the future with Access-as-a-Service. The dorma+kaba Group is one of the world’s leading providers of security and access solutions. The Group has been a pioneer in the field of digitisation for some years now.

Four Meetups in 15 Days

by December 18, 2015

Last Tuesday I wrapped up a four-city meetup tour which began on December 1st in a joint Docker and Cloud Foundry meetup at CenturyLink’s Minneapolis headquarters and ended at StackExchange in New York City. Bridget Kromhout was able to join me for three of them: Minneapolis, New York City, and Comcast’s headquarters in Philadelphia. I went to Columbus on my own.
We averaged 40 attendees per event. I’m honored to have spoken to 160 people across four cities about the capabilities of Cloud Foundry and how it relates and interacts with containers of several formats.
For this talk I used a local Cloud Foundry instance to do live demos of deploying applications with and without Docker.