With thousands of contributors and more than 130 core committers on Cloud Foundry, it can be challenging to keep up with the state of the project. At Cloud Foundry Summit in Frankfurt, Cloud Foundry Foundation VP of Technology Chip Childers provided an up-to-the-minute status report on Cloud Foundry. He kicked off the discussion with the to-be-released incrementally v3 API, moved on to “secret weapon” buildpacks, explained the need to migrate to Diego Runtime and delved into Garden before attacking cf v242’s volume services, container to container networking, route services, “bits” service, isolation segments, Abacus, BOSH “2.0” (“the heart of the Cloud Foundry multi-cloud promise”) and the OpenStack CPI.
Today we released the broadest and deepest report to date on containers. The report, part of the Cloud Foundry Foundation’s Global Perception Study, was conducted in the first quarter of 2016 and included an extraordinary 711 respondents across seven geographies (US, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Japan, South Korea) in five languages (English, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean).
Given the breadth of the users included in this survey, the results provided insights into the current state of containers in organizations around the world today. It was fascinating, to me, to see that the majority of companies (53%) had either deployed or were evaluating containers.
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.
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.
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.
dorma+kaba – One of the world’s leading providers of security and access solutions selects CloudFoundry
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.”
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.
Platforms beat products. 10 years ago, that might have not been the popular thinking. However, the latest cloud platforms are beating product. Over at CIO.com 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:
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.
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.
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.
The much anticipated agenda for Cloud Foundry Summit 2015 is here. And it’s overflowing with user stories, high octane keynotes and deep technical content. This is a program you don’t want to miss. Register today.
The announcement press release is below. You an also check out the schedule and register at the official Cloud Foundry Summit site.