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Build Newsletter: Open Source, Cloud Platforms, Mobile/IoT, DevOps/Agile—April 2015

In this month’s issue of Pivotal’s Build Newsletter for developers and architects, we first update you on big releases in the open source space—including open sourcing over a million lines of Pivotal GemFire® code in Project Geode. More news announcements around the Open Data Platform, Cloud Foundry and Spring are also included. We also look at evidence that mobile and IoT are connecting in many ways and running on the same back end platforms while the front-ends are experiencing increasingly faster innovation cycles. Lastly, we have a roundup of several excellent perspectives on Agile and DevOps, from CIO to developer.

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CLOUD FOUNDRY
How To Write About PaaS and DevOps Without Once Typing “PaaS”

Many of us here at Pivotal have been eagerly contributing to the ongoing conversations around DevOps. What’s become clear over the years is that DevOps is more a discussion of how to do things — the process — than what the tools and technologies are. As Andrew and I discuss in an upcoming Pivotal Conversations episode, this is why DevOps is all about culture, rather than available technologies. Bearing that in mind. It may seem odd, then, that I’d want to point you towards a piece that explains how I think a “tool” can help spread the ideas of DevOps more broadly.

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PODCASTS
All Things Pivotal Podcast Episode #24–Big Data vs Climate Change

Scientists around the world are performing experiments and doing analysis with a focus on investigating the nature of Climate Change. The Big Data vs. Climate Change program is a joint effort by EMC Corporation, Pivotal and the Earthwatch Institute. It enables the study of interactions between nature and climate, and promotes the engagement of citizen scientists using data lakes, analytic tools and visualizations. In this episode Simon is joined by Vatsan Ramanujan who is a Principal Data Scientist at Pivotal. Vatsan shares some insight into the work that was done, and some interesting stories from "out in the field".

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BIG DATA
Which Way Might the Apache Way Take Geode?

Pivotal’s Director of Open Source explains more on why Pivotal is open sourcing the core of Pivotal GemFireⓇ under the name Project Geode, and why Pivotal chose the Apache Software Foundation to provide open governorship for the core of its market leading in-memory database software.

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Pivotal’s Talks, Sessions, and Events at ApacheCon, Introducing Project Geode

Pivotal will have a strong presence at this year’s ApacheCon, both as a Platinum sponsor of the event and during numerous sessions. Taking place April 13-16 at the Hyatt Austin in Austin, TX, ApacheCon is a yearly meetup for the giant community supporting the Apache Software Foundation’s open source big data and cloud computing projects. In addition to keynote speeches and sessions, the event will provide a first look at Project Geode, the new open source in-memory database that powers Pivotal GemFire. Here’s a roundup of all of Pivotal’s activities at ApacheCon.

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CLOUD FOUNDRY
Ten Pivotal Customers to Speak at Cloud Foundry Summit May 11-12

In less than a month Pivotal, along with 1,500 of Cloud Foundry community members, will come together in Santa Clara, California for the 3rd annual Cloud Foundry® Summit. Having been at every Summit since its inception, we’ve had a front row seat to the community’s growth and can tell you this will be far and away, the best Summit yet. Today, we’re excited to announce that 10 Pivotal customers will be speaking at this year’s show along with 10 talks from members of the our core Cloud Foundry team. We hope to see you at Summit this year. You can see a list of the Pivotal talks scheduled below, or go here to see the full agenda. Click on any of the topics to get a jumpstart on building out your schedule for the event.

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BIG DATA
Become A Founding Contributor of “Project” Geode

Today, Pivotal announced the creation of “Geode”, the new in-memory distributed database that will form the open source core of Pivotal GemFire. As part of this announcement, Pivotal has submitted a proposal to The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) to establish and incubate Project Geode through collaborative development. The Project Geode community will remain in a fledgeling state until such time as ASF agrees to incubate the project. This post covers more on what Project Geode is, how to get involved, and how customers have been using Pivotal GemFire to date.

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CLOUD FOUNDRY
Organizing for DevOps Success

In this post, Cote provides a short overview of the changes needed for DevOps as a lead in to an article he recently wrote for FierceDevOps. Ultimately, he believes DevOps comes down to culture, that is, after you have some good technology to use cause it is also required to get there. But, the hard part seems to be the culture change.

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PODCASTS
All Things Pivotal Podcast Episode #23–You are Going to Need a Platform, Operational Concerns of the Third Platform

In this podcast, Michael Coté talks with Andrew Clay Shafer about one of his works in progress, a short essay on the operational needs of a cloud platform. Covering topics from access and runtimes to services, health, and failures, the discussion and dialogue gets right into the meat of cloud operations from a technical, cultural, and workflow perspective.

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BIG DATA
Pivotal Data Roadshow: A View From the Road

The response to the Pivotal Data Roadshow, held in a number of cities across North America this month, has been quite impressive. It clearly demonstrates the customer and market demand for hands-on experience and training with big data technologies. Our initial events have been over capacity, with packed houses numbering nearly 100 attendees in each city. The response represents the massive progress within the open source Apache Hadoop ecosystem in recent years, and the degree to which Hadoop has been embraced within the enterprise to handle big data storage and analytics workloads.

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