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5 Reasons Developers Can’t Afford to Miss Watson DevCon

by October 18, 2016

The countdown to the first-ever Watson Developer Conference is on. In less than one month, developers, students and entrepreneurs will be coming to the Innovation Hangar in San Francisco to learn how to drive innovation through cognitive app development. I’m here to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what you can expect at the DevCon and why you can’t afford to miss it.

REASON #1: Experience Watson services on Bluemix with hands-on labs:Stop by our hands-on labs and learn how to get started with Watson services, kick-start your app and become a Bluemix pro. And not to worry, Watson and Bluemix experts will be on-site to help answer questions and even bounce your latest and greatest app ideas off of.

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.

Welcome to the IBM Cloud Foundry Dojo!

by March 22, 2016

The IBM Cloud Foundry in Dojo in Raleigh is having its official opening today.

To learn a bit more about it, we are talking to Swetha Repakula, Cloud Foundry Open Source Community Developer and a member of IBM Cloud.

Swetha, how did you get started with Cloud Foundry?
I graduated last May and joined IBM in their Open Source Cloud team. There I was introduced to Cloud Foundry and began contributing as an IBM employee.
IBM is opening a Cloud Foundry Dojo. What is a Dojo?
I like to think of the Dojo as a place to learn the Cloud Foundry culture and development process. Many people are new to pair programming and test driven development, both integral in CF development.

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.

IBM WebSphere Liberty Buildpack Contributed to Cloud Foundry

by September 9, 2013

IBM is contributing the IBM WebSphere Liberty Buildpack today as further proof of its commitment to make the Cloud Foundry open source project and community even stronger.
A guest blog by Rachel Reinitz, an IBM Distinguished Engineer in IBM Software Services
In late July, I wrote a guest blog here about our development of a preview IBM WebSphere Liberty buildpack. I’m delighted to announce we have contributed the WebSphere Liberty Buildpack to the Cloud Foundry community. It now has its own Cloud Foundry GitHub repo, ibm-webphere-liberty-buildpack.
Importance of Buildpacks
Buildpacks can provide a complete runtime environment for a specific class of applications. They are key to providing portability across clouds and contributing to an open cloud architecture.

Combining Voice with Velocity thru the Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board

by September 8, 2013

Cloud Foundry is taking a unique approach to community that combines inclusiveness and scale with high velocity development. In this post Christopher Ferris, IBM Distinguished Engineer, shares some thoughts on how to bring this approach to life and invites the community to co-invent the Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board.
A guest post by Christopher Ferris, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for Cloud Interoperability in IBM Software Group’s Standards and Open Source organization.
I’m really pleased with the steadily growing interest in Cloud Foundry over the past few months.

A Taste of Platform: 5 Sessions from a Thriving Community

by September 4, 2013

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.

Cloud Foundry is Open and Pivotal, Part 2

by July 24, 2013

In early March we introduced our vision for the Cloud Foundry Open Platform-as-a-Service project at Pivotal, and laid out a strategy of furthering our broad ecosystem with deep engineering partnerships with external organizations.
“Adding full-time external committers has always been a goal of the team, and we are engaged with several organizations around putting dedicated resources on the extended engineering team”
As of today’s major collaboration announcement with IBM, we can now be explicit about one of the organizations we were already working with in March. Working with IBM and other external organizations over the last several months we have learned more about what it will take to scale our thriving community.

IBM WebSphere Liberty Buildpack on Cloud Foundry

by July 23, 2013

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.