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.NET on Pivotal CF: Scaling an App on Diego

Raman Yurkin

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Previously, we deployed a .NET app to Diego on Pivotal CF and bound it to a MS SQL service. However, hardly any cloud app exists as a single instance. So, in this post, we will scale the demo app horizontally and test how it works on multiple instances.

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How to Configure SSL Encryption for Custom Domains on Pivotal CF

Sergey Balashevich

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The new Pivotal SSL Service has made it possible to use your own certificates in PCF—both domain-specific and wildcard. This means SSL/TLS encryption can now be added to apps in custom domains. However, if you work with Apache Tomcat and JKS, you may find that the official documentation provides the main instructions, but—unfortunately—does not cover the details.

So, this tutorial contains all the steps for creating a certificate and setting up the Pivotal SSL Service.

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.NET on Pivotal CF: Adding a MS SQL Service to an App

Raman Yurkin

.NET Applications on Pivotal CF: Binding MySQL

In the previous post, I demonstrated how to deploy a .NET app to a Pivotal CF instance. However, the application is only partially operational—it still doesn’t have access to a database. In this tutorial, I will explain how to configure a MS SQL DB service and connect it to a .NET app running on PCF.

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.NET on Pivotal CF: Connecting and Pushing an App

Raman Yurkin

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Release 1.6 of Pivotal CF, a Cloud Foundry distro by Pivotal, introduced native support for .NET apps. Within the same cluster, one can now combine Windows- and Linux-based software. Working with .NET on PCF still requires a bit of additional hoop-jumping, but this tutorial series will get you pushing apps and adding services in no time.

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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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