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Cloud Foundry Vagrant Installer Now Supports Custom Buildpacks

Alexander Borovsky

Earlier this year, we released the Cloud Foundry Vagrant Installer, a tool that enables developers to run a self-contained partial Cloud Foundry v2 installation inside of a Vagrant virtual machine. Since then, we have been working on a number of updates.

One of the latest things I have added is support for custom buildpacks.

Who can benefit?

  • Developers of custom buildpacks
  • Developers of an application that requires a particular non-standard buildpack
  • Anyone who wants to know if a Buildpack X would work onCloud Foundry
  • Software vendors who want to get their products (in the form of buildpacks) to more users

What are the use cases?

  • Developing and testing buildpacks and applications based on custom buildbacks
  • Training: Getting anyone new to Cloud Foundry to try it out with any buildpack
  • Marketing: Distribute your custom buildpacks (for example, IBM Liberty) as a one-click installer

You can download the Cloud Foundry Vagrant Installer here. Or, read more about custom CF buildpacks support.

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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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Top 20 Quotes from Platform, The Cloud Foundry Conference

Volha Kurylionak

Platform: The Cloud Foundry Conference attracted 450+ developers and PaaS experts from around the globe. In this post, we collected top quotes by the speakers and attendees of this amazing event.

1. “PlatformCF was the largest event in the history of PaaS and the most important event since Google App Engine.” —James Watters, Head of Product for Cloud Foundry, Pivotal 

2. “It was epic.” —Andy Piper, Developer Advocate for Cloud Foundry, Pivotal 

Andrei Yurkevich Proposing a Break Out Session
Andrei Yurkevich of Altoros proposing a break out session

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How to Deploy a .NET Application on Cloud Foundry v2

Denis Roschinenko

Authors: Denis Roschinenko, .NET Developer, and Aleksei Malkov, .NET Solution Architect at Altoros

In June 2013, Cloud Foundry v2 became available to public. While this PaaS platform has out-of-the-box build packs for running Ruby, Java, and Node.js applications, its infrastructure is available for .NET developers via Iron Foundry, an open-source toolkit supported by Tier 3. However, neither Cloud Foundry Explorer nor Visual Studio Extension are available for CF v2 at the moment, so the only way to enable a .NET application on CF v2 is using a command line. This blog post describes how to do that and announces the library that Altoros is working on together with Tier 3 to fix this issue.

Cloud Foundry Explorer and Visual Studio Extension

The .NET toolkit for Cloud Foundry v1 (Iron Foundry) included Cloud Foundry Explorer and Visual Studio Extension. These solutions provided a user-friendly interface for running and managing cloud instances. Cloud Foundry Explorer automated deployment tasks and allowed for setting up and running .NET applications almost with a single click. You could install Cloud Foundry Explorer as a desktop application or use a Visual Studio Extension that would integrate into Visual Studio and enable you to push code directly from your IDE.

Figure 1. Launching a .NET app with Cloud Foundry Explorer

Developers were able to choose the number of instances and memory limit, then click “Push,” and the application was running on Cloud Foundry.

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