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PaaS News Summary: December 2013

Volha Kurylionak

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Read the most significant news from Platform-as-a-Service vendors for Dec 2013.

Highlights:

  1. SAP Open Sources a Cloud Foundry Service Broker for Their HANA DB
  2. Hangops Panel: Cloud Foundry, Stackato, Appcera, Github, Mozilla, and OpenShift
  3. Dell’s Customers Will Get Access to CenturyLink’s Public Cloud Services
  4. ActiveState Releases Stackato v3.0.1
  5. Red Hat Releases OpenShift Enterprise 2 and OpenShift Origin 3, Updates OpenShift Online
  6. Baidu to Use Docker Containers for Their Own PaaS
  7. Microsoft Aims to Boost Azure Use with Cloud OS Network of Partners
  8. CloudBees Now Supports Java EE 7
  9. Engine Yard’s Early Access: Java EE 7, Postgre 9.3, Percona 5.6
  10. An Improved Node.js Buildpack from Heroku
  11. New PaaS Platforms: PLDT Cloud PaaS and SlapRunner

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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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MongoDB Replicated Clusters Can Now Be Created Using BOSH

Alexander Borovsky

Until recently, MongoDB used to be available on Cloud Foundry only as a developer service. It didn’t support any replication or sharding. However, today I enabled the BOSH tool chain to create MongoDB replicated clusters. Now you can use BOSH to build ready-for-production environments. Sharding is not yet available, but will be implemented soon. You can find the code on my GitHub page.

I’ve also recorded this video tutorial (see below) that explains how to set up such MongoDB cluster using BOSH:

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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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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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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,” at the Cloud Foundry blog.

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