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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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Still not into Cloud Foundry? Join Our Hands-on Workshops to Get the Most of the CF Summit

Manuel García

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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 training for developers and DevOps.

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

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How to Use MS SQL Server with Cloud Foundry v2 (New Service Broker Available)

Sergey Marudenko

We’ve just finalized the .NET Cloud Foundry Service, a Microsoft .NET-based service broker that provides a possibility to use MS SQL Server with Cloud Foundry v2. The broker allows for easy developing and deploying Cloud Foundry services using the Microsoft technology stack. For example, you can quickly add support for unsupported databases, since you only need to implement a single interface.

Right now, the broker is distributed with one default service implementation (MS SQL Server). Below is a step-by-step video and tutorial on how to install and use it for your project.


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Faster Development with Cloud Foundry: Going the PaaS Way

Alexander Borovsky

Today, the complexity of information systems is growing day by day. They are becoming more and more complex not only inside, as the program code, but their architecture is getting significantly more complicated. It takes more time to spend on their creation and support.

First of all, this refers to the significant amount of work that needs to be done with the infrastructure part of a web application, if at some point the application stops coping with the load, it is necessary to deploy additional servers, install correct environment on them and, accordingly, support it. Most often, this is done using tools such as Chef / Puppet, by automating the creation of servers and the necessary environment on an IaaS—but all this requires additional efforts to maintain the application infrastructure and sufficiently high qualification of a developer or DevOps engineer.

In this brief post, we’ll look at the key limitations and requirements that must be observed when developing an app using PaaS and Cloud Foundry in particular. Cloud Foundry is an open-source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that can run in a private environment.

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PaaS News Summary: January 2014

Volha Kurylionak

In this brief overview, we’ve gathered Top 10 Platform-as-a-Service news for Jan 2014.

Highlights:

  1. Gartner Released Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform-as-a-Service
  2. CenturyLink Cloud Supports the BOSH Tool Chain for Cloud Foundry Deployments
  3. January’s Cloud Foundry Advisory Board Meeting
  4. Docker Received $15 M in Series B Funding
  5. Microsoft’s Windows Azure Updates
  6. OpenShift Origin Now Supports CentOS
  7. CloudMunch Expanded Their DevOps Platform to Windows Azure
  8. Apprenda 5.0: Support for Java and Oracle
  9. Jelastic PaaS Integrates with the SendGrid E-mail Infrastructure
  10. Mendix Raised $25 Million in Funding

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PaaS News Summary: November 2013

Volha Kurylionak

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Here is an overview of the most significant news from the PaaS ecosystem for November 2013.

Highlights:

  1. Pivotal Released the Pivotal One PaaS Based on Cloud Foundry
  2. Canonical to Launch an Integrated OpenStack-hosted PaaS
  3. Verizon to Integrate Cloud Foundry PaaS with Verizon Cloud
  4. Red Hat Halves the Prices for OpenShift Online’s Gears
  5. Amazon Launches Virtual Desktops and Adds Postgre Support to RDS
  6. Heroku1 Enables Salesforce.com-to-Heroku Synchronization
  7. Windows Azure: Three New Services Are Generally Available Now
  8. Google’s App Engine 1.8.8 Includes Dedicated Memcache

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Pivotal One and 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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PaaS News Summary: October 2013

Volha Kurylionak

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Here is a brief overview of the main PaaS news for October 2013.

Highlights:

  1. The Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board Kicked-off
  2. Pivotal Released Cloud Foundry Plug-ins for Maven and Gradle
  3. The Solum Project from Rackspace to Increase Productivity of OpenStack Developers
  4. The Progress Pacific Platform: New Functionality
  5. OutSystems Launches Public Cloud-based PaaS for Building .NET and Java Apps
  6. OpenStack 2013.2 (Havana) Supports Docker Containers
  7. dotCloud Changed Its Name to Docker, Inc.
  8. Clever Cloud Announced Support for the Go Language
  9. Heroku: Extended Validation SSL Certificates and Public Beta Availability of WebSockets
  10. Updates to OpenShift Online and OpenShift Origin

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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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