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PaaS News Summary: September 2013

Alena Vasilenko

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Here is a brief overview of the main Platform-as-a-Service news for September 2013.

Highlights:

  1. 450+ PaaS experts at Platform, the largest Cloud Foundry conference
  2. Red Hat to add middleware-as-a-service to its OpenShift Online PaaS
  3. Red Hat and dotCloud will enhance OpenShift with Docker capabilities
  4. Jelastic delivered an iOS app for managing their PaaS
  5. Engine Yard gets Java support and can now run on Oracle Public Cloud
  6. CloudBees enables hosting OS X and iOS builds, as well as integrates on-premises and cloud applications
  7. Oracle-as-a-Service announcements: Oracle DBaaS, Java-aaS, and IaaS
  8. NephoScale became a PaaS provider by utilizing Cloud Foundry
  9. cloudControl introduced Enterprise and White Label PaaS
  10. PostgreSQL 9.3 is available on the Heroku Postgres DBaaS
  11. ActiveState released the CPBM connector for Stackato

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Auto-scaling Applications on AWS and OpenStack Using Cloud Foundry as a Private PaaS

Alena Vasilenko

The Frontier Big Data Cloud Meetup—that took place at Hacker Dojo in Mountain View on September 30—drew attention of 75 attendees. Renat Khasanshyn, CEO at Altoros, demonstrated how Cloud Foundry can help DevOps and hosting providers to eliminate infrastructure configuration and management routines. He elaborated on the options currently available for public and private PaaS deployment and gave some examples of running such services.

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His presentation, “Auto-scaling Applications on AWS and OpenStack with Cloud Foundry PaaS,” covered:

  • the history of application development platforms and how it affects legacy applications
  • architectural constraints for applications in the world of PaaS
  • how to deploy Cloud Foundry on AWS and OpenStack in 3 steps
  • a simple three-node Cloud Foundry cluster reference architecture and life cycle considerations

Renat also demonstrated how a sample application can be deployed with Cloud Foundry in less than 30 seconds.

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Going to Barcelona Ruby Conference 2013

Alena Vasilenko

BaRuCo 2013, a Barcelona Ruby Conference, will be held during September 14–15. The event will feature 17 sessions on the hottest topics of the Ruby ecosystem. They range from practical aspects (such as code refactoring, garbage collection, pattern design, etc.) to more philosophic discussions on “Building a culture of quality” and Ruby’s future. Read the agenda here.

Altoros contributes to the event as a sponsor along with such companies as Heroku, Basho, Engine Yard, Zendesk, GitHub, and many others. If you want to meet Robert Claeson, our Managing Director UK, face to face there, just let us know in the comments.

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How to Deploy Cloud Foundry v2 to AWS via Vagrant

Alena Vasilenko

Recently, Gastón Ramos, a member of Altoros’s Argentinian team, has published an article on the Cloud Foundry Blog in which he explained how to install Cloud Foundry on Vagrant. Although BOSH is suggested as the official method of setting up a system, the way described in the article is easier and faster. This blog post found on the ActiveState blog adds some more details to the subject. Don’t skip the comments made by the guys from Altoros’s Argentinian office, in which they suggest the ways of automating some installation tasks.

Read the full article “How to Deploy Cloud Foundry v2 to AWS via Vagrant” to learn the details.

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Altoros at Cloud Expo 2013: Measuring Hadoop Performance

Alena Vasilenko

Hadoop can be deployed in many different ways. Still, it is complicated to evaluate performance of your deployment without years of experience in configuring and tuning such systems. Andrei Yurkevich, CTO of Altoros, spoke at Cloud Expo in NY about the ways you can objectively measure Hadoop performance. The session revealed the results of benchmarking Apache Hadoop on Ubuntu, RedHat, and SmartOS hypervisors and provided recommendations on how to evaluate the performance of Hadoop clusters deployed in various environments.

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Why CoffeeScript

Alena Vasilenko

Developers who are used to object-oriented languages, such as Ruby or Python, may find JavaScript ambiguous. However, it is the only language that is interpreted by browsers. CoffeeScript is an amazing language that compiles into JavaScript and may run even faster than a native JavaScript code. Read the article Why CoffeeScript, written by Nicolas Oga, Ruby Developer from Altoros’s office in Argentina, to learn how this language can help you to write less lines of code as well as keep the code readable and clear. You will know why some people like/don’t like this language and will find some tips on how to make an easier start with CoffeeScript.

Enjoy the full article: Why CoffeeScript!

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Speeding up Ruby Tests

Alena Vasilenko

Test driven development is quite a popular thing that allows you to stay on the safe side and be sure that the system works correctly. However, there are some routines that make tests in Ruby really slow. In this post, you will read how to save some precious seconds when you start Ruby on Rails tests. You will learn how to avoid re-starting the tests each time when any changes to a file are made. This post also explains how to check the test coverage of your app.

To learn how to make your Ruby/Ruby on Rails tests work much faster, read the full article.

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Diving into Ember.js: Part 1

Alena Vasilenko


Good news from Nastia Shaternik, a Ruby Developer at Altoros. She prepared a tutorial on how to create an Ember.js application from scratch without any bootstrapping tools. She uploaded the source code, so you could take a look at a commit history to catch on to her idea. This is the first part of the tutorial, the updates will arrive soon!

Find the full version of the article here. Have a nice reading!

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Big Data Analytics 2013 in London Gathered over 550 Attendees, Altoros Was Among Them

Alena Vasilenko

BDA is one of the most prestigious events in UK organized for large enterprises. The business leaders from various industries met to share their experience in dealing with huge volumes of data and using this data intelligently. Data science, advanced data analytics, rich visualization were among the hottest topics discussed. The featured sessions demonstrated how data analysis can increase product quality and profitability, how to monetize data stored in a company, how to address streaming data, social media data, and many other useful insights into the issues posed by data size and complexity.

Many information-driven companies prepared compelling presentations for the seminar part of the event. The attendees could only select one seminar they want to visit, so Altoros competed for the audience with such market leaders as HP, QlickView, 10gen, Telefonica UK, etc.

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How to Install Cloud Foundry on Vagrant

Alena Vasilenko

Sometimes, a full-scale PaaS deployment is not a very affordable option for the testing/development stage. There are two options to address this issue. One is to run Micro Cloud Foundry as a virtual machine image on your laptop. The second option is to install Cloud Foundry with the Vagrant VM toolbox. To simplify a start, our Argentine team prepared the article “Installing Cloud Foundry on Vagrant.” It describes how to install the tool, start/stop Cloud Foundry components, work with custom configuration files, etc. You will find detailed instructions and examples that will help you to deploy a simple Ruby Sinatra Web application on a local Cloud Foundry PaaS in under 30 minutes.

Read the full article, “Installing Cloud Foundry on Vagrant,” on the Pivotal blog.

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