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The Cloud Foundry Summit 2015, Day 2

Renat Khasanshyn

CF Summit: Ideation wall

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According to Diego Lapiduz—who presented at CF Summit on Monday—one of his colleagues recently said: “If you take Cloud Foundry from us, we will hurt you.” Quite convincing to hear this from anyone working within US GSA!

Still, every joke has its share of truth. Those who already implemented Cloud Foundry, became its advocates. Keynotes and sessions delivered on the 2nd day proved that once again. Read on to learn what May 12 brought to 1,500 attendees of the summit.
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The Cloud Foundry Summit 2015, Day 1

Renat Khasanshyn

                 All recaps: Day 1 | Day 2 | Top 100 Quotes

cf summitThis year, the Cloud Foundry Summit introduced a stronger focus on community diversity and closer collaboration between its ecosystem members. New partnerships, integrations, support for a broader technology stack, etc. Just like a year ago, I recap what was happening this Monday at the Santa Clara Convention Center, which was themed in the cyberpunk style.
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Meetup: How to Build Scalable IoT Apps with Cloud Foundry, Bluemix, Docker, and Cloudant

Renat Khasanshyn

A video recording of the event:
 


Join tomorrow’s meetup in San Francisco to discuss how to store and analyze sensor-generated data—together with Animesh Singh, Syed Zaidi, Dwight Ford, and Nicholas Vargas of the IBM Bluemix team. In addition, I will identify four levels of IoT maturity and share how an S&P 500 company created an IoT business model using Docker containers and Cloud Foundry-based microservices.

Not in San Francisco? You can watch the live streaming of the meetup on this page starting from 6 PM, Nov 18.

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HP Helion Dev Platform: Launch and Crowd Chat 10/23

Renat Khasanshyn

On Oct 23, HP launched Helion Development Platform—HP’s PaaS based on Cloud Foundry and integrated with HP Helion OpenStack. Below is a brief recap of the event.
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Why Altoros Joins the Cloud Foundry Foundation

Renat Khasanshyn

The momentum behind the Cloud Foundry Foundation signals the arrival of an application-defined infrastructure, where an app can define the underlying infrastructure through an industry-standard API call. As a corporate sponsor of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Altoros will continue contributing resources and code to help the Foundation fulfill its mission.
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Recently I wrote a post describing what this announcement [of the Cloud Foundry Foundation] means for enterprise IT customers, why forming the Foundation was necessary, and what it means for IT vendors. You can find it here: “The Cloud Foundry Foundation: a PaaS Revolution?” 

I would like to congratulate my colleagues at Altoros with becoming a corporate sponsor and a Silver Member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation and congratulate our fellow Foundation members, as well. I also want to describe how Altoros has helped the project so far and how we will help the Cloud Foundry Foundation to move forward.
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Altoros is Sponsoring the Cloud Foundry Summit and Presenting a Lightning Talk

Renat Khasanshyn

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On Jun 9-11, 800+ Platform-as-a-Service fans will gather at the Cloud Foundry Summit in San Francisco to discuss DevOps topics, CF roadmap, community contributions, and operational best practices. Altoros, which has recently become a Silver member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, is also participating. Besides providing the gold-level sponsorship to the event and delivering a 10-minute lightning talk, we will organize two in-depth hands-on CF training for developers and DevOps.

Cloud Foundry training: $300 off with the promo code CFWS

In addition to the lightning talk, we will conduct two in-depth hands-on training. You still have time to fill in any gaps and master the tools you haven’t had a chance to use before by attending either one or both of them. By applying with the discount code CFWS, you can also get $300 off the tuition cost.

The training are geared at developers and DevOps engineers and will provide a unique opportunity to catch up with all the latest Cloud Foundry developments. Both will focus on building practical skills in:

  • designing and developing with CF, working with instances
  • several alternative ways for creating CF deployments (locally and in large-scale production environments)
  • using custom application runtimes and middleware with buildpacks
  • scaling apps up and down, auto-scaling
  • blue-green deployments, zero-downtime deployments, and auto-healing deployments
  • CF services: types, current restrictions, expectations, and much more

Register today and do not forget to use the promo code CFWS. For more details on the training, read this blog post.

If you’d like have a cup of coffee with us, discuss Juju Charms for Cloud Foundry, MBaaS on CF, or learn how to select a PaaS, you can also visit our booth during the summit.

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Pivotal One & Cloud Foundry–Great Promise, Great Challenge

Renat Khasanshyn

Paul Maritz and company just launched Pivotal One and Pivotal CF, and reminded me yet again what a great platform Pivotal is about to become. Earlier today in a Twitter chat led by John Furrier of SiliconAngle, we discussed whether Pivotal One is vapor–or real. This post expands my opinion on the subject.

Great Opportunity

Pivotal‘s promise is that using their tool set, an IT architect can fill the entire “meat section” between raw virtual machines and an application. All in one shot. Indeed, at Altoros, we see more and more customer deployments involving every piece of the pie involving NoSQL/NewSQL and Hadoop data stores, real-time and analytics engines, messaging and apps deployed and scaled with the help of a PaaS layer.

To the naked eye, Pivotal’s offering makes a lot of sense, as it brings a one-stop solution that addresses quite a lot of the needs of next-generation application architecture at an average enterprise IT shop.

Great Challenge(s)

On March 13, 2013, when the Pivotal Initiative was announced, a high bar was set for the company. That is, to achieve $1B in revenue in 5 years. I believe that a few things should come together for this to happen.

If Pivotal can solve two key challenges–making a quantum leap in market leadership for a few more of their products and integrating the entire product suite into a single platform–they will probably not only achieve $1B in revenue in 5 years, but will have an amazing shot at becoming the bellwether of enterprise software moving ahead.

Challenge #1 – “best of breed incumbents”

Competing products are quickly becoming “best of breed” incumbents in five categories of next generation enterprise software where Pivotal is playing:

  1. Hadoop
  2. Massively Parallel RDBMS, with focus on analytics
  3. Next generation databases
  4. Analytics
  5. PaaS

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Article: “Belarus Attempts to Become the Eastern European Bangalore”

Renat Khasanshyn


Altoros was mentioned in the article dedicated to reviewing the Belarusian IT outsourcing industry. The article describes how Belarusian outsourcing is different, as well as highlights the main challenges and strategies for its future development.

Abstract:

“With its modest population of 9.9 million, Belarus hosts the largest and most established European IT outsourcing providers to the east of Germany. Five of its largest IT outsourcers are at least 10 years old, an age well above average for a private business in Belarus.”

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Article: “CED Panel Debates Pros, Cons of Outsourcing”

Renat Khasanshyn

Renat Khasanshyn, CEO of Altoros Systems, participated in the discussion, sponsored by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. The event took place at the new Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Science (CIEMAS) at Duke University. The article was published by LocalTechWire.com.

Abstract:

“There are many issues other than payroll to be addressed in debating whether or not to outsource, an executive at staffing management firm Peopleclick said Wednesday.”

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