cloud foundry

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.

Georgia Tech Hack for Good on Cloud Foundry

by November 14, 2013

This last weekend I had the tremendous pleasure of spending it with the incredibly bright, creative and inventive students of Georgia Tech. The occasion was a “hack for good,” an intense 24 hour code-cutting marathon where the participants were challenged to use their talents to conceive, design, build and demonstrate applications that would be used to help combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity we are facing in this country. This was a part of the Intel “code for good” program and because I had met Professor Matthew Wolf when I participated in the hackathon that was a part of the IDF, he had invited Pivotal to play a part, allowing us to provide the PaaS that the student projects would be hosted on.

Essential Elements of an Enterprise PaaS

by October 24, 2013

When I speak with customer prospects about Cloud Foundry, I don’t start with networks, servers, VMs and build my way up a stack of abstractions, instead I ask them how they will change to compete in an industrial era increasingly defined by software. Refactoring their entire mindset away from IT management to becoming a high performance software factory is job-one of any briefing I give.
Enterprise PaaS delivers a next generation platform to answer this challenge. Leaving the legacy of custom VM, middleware and server orchestration behind can sometimes be uncomfortable for traditional IT buyers, but it is captivating to business oriented leaders looking to transform their organizations.

Canaries are Great!

by October 17, 2013

First a little background, and then a story. As Matt described here, Cloud Foundry BOSH has a great capability to perform rolling updates automatically to an entire set of servers in a cluster, and there is a defensive aspect to this feature called a “canary” that is at the center of this tale. When a whole lot of servers are going to be upgraded, BOSH will first try to upgrade a small number of them (usually 1), the “canary”, and only if that is successful will the remaining servers in the cluster be upgraded. If the canary upgrade succeeds, then BOSH will parallelize up to a “max in flight” number of remaining server upgrades until all are completed.
And now the story.
For the last few weeks I’ve been pairing on the Cloud Foundry development team here at Pivotal.

Monitoring Cloud Foundry Applications with New Relic

by October 10, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, Ben Hale blogged about the new Cloud Foundry Java Buildpack, highlighting some great new features and our design principles – the “it just works” experience.
The new buildpack provides the opportunity for a new level of configuration and setup for popular add-on services, such as application performance and monitoring tools. The Java buildpack now includes automated configuration for the New Relic application monitoring agent. If you create a New Relic service and bind it to an application, the buildpack will set up the New Relic agent automatically when the application is staged.