All Things Pivotal Episode #4 – Pivotal CF 1.3 – What’s New?

featured-pivotal-podcast This week, we take a tour through some of the new capabilities to be found in Pivotal CF 1.3. Lots of handy goodies including High Availability improvements, security improvements, new language support and more.

Challenges With Randomness In Multi-tenant Linux Container Platforms

featured-dice-containers Using Linux Containers for tenant isolation rather than OS isolation from VMs or non-virtualized hosts exposes unique challenges. The Cloud Foundry team has worked on problems like that this quite a few times over the last few years. Recently we have been working on what we believe to be an unsolved isolation issue in Linux Containers for the /dev/random device. This new issue came to light after investigating reports of poor user experience on the mailing lists and attendees of Pivotal’s Cloud Platform road show. Sharing /dev/random is a challenge for any Linux container technology including Cloud Foundry Garden, Docker, LXC, etc. This post outlines how the problem occurs, as well as possible paths the community can choose to fix it. We are hopeful that we can work with the Linux community to help us weigh the various trade-offs and improve the experience and isolation for running multi-tenant Linux Containers.

Driving Loyalty, Engagement, and Profit in Mobile Banking Through Agile, Push Notifications, and Analytics

featured-financial-notifications In this post, one of Pivotal’s mobile application experts, Mark D’Cunha, shares recent learnings based on Pivotal’s development of over 400 mobile applications. He explains the background on why push notifications and analytics are so important in mobile banking, gives examples about how mobile push is used by consumers, and outlines the software development approaches and tools needed to succeed.

Text Analytics and Natural Language Processing in the Era of Big Data

featured-NLP1 At Pivotal, we see data science as one of the top ways technology can transform companies in today’s world. In this post, we outline the importance of two, related capabilities—natural language processing and text analytics. Then, we drill into a list of use cases where these computing methods apply and explain several in financial services, insurance, and legal industries.

Cloud Foundry Foundation Bylaws and Related Documents Now Available to the Public on

featured-CF-bylaws Today, the Cloud Foundry Foundation achieves an important milestone toward the transition to a formal Foundation operating model later this year. Namely, we are releasing the Cloud Foundry Foundation bylaws and related documents for public review. The community is invited to join the upcoming Community Advisory Board call on October 29th, where members of the team that helped create these documents will be answering questions and listening to community concerns.

How to Continuously Deploy Code with CloudBees Jenkins for Pivotal CF

featured-jenkins-blue Pivotal CF customers can now download and install Jenkins Enterprise by Cloudbees with Pivotal Ops Manager, providing easy configuration with a fully integrated user experience. Last month, we launched a partnership with CloudBees, the company behind the popular open source Jenkins Continuous Integration tool chain. Available today, Jenkins Enterprise can now be downloaded and installed with Pivotal Ops Manager, making for an easy, fully integrated developer experience. This post provides background and walks through the steps to get things running.

All Things Pivotal Episode #3 – Comparing Big vs Fast Data

featured-pivotal-podcast In this week's episode, Simon discusses Big vs Fast data and how you might use it, the components involved and some important considerations.

GemFire XD’s New Open Source Download: Browser-based Schema Management

featured-GemFireXD-brush A new open source, browser-based administration and development tool is now freely available for Pivotal GemFire XD, the in-memory, real-time data grid. In this post, Senior System Engineer, Pas Apicella, explains GemFire XD and how the web interface can be installed and used.

Big Data Suite Gets Big Props From Customers, Partners

featured-BDS-raves Just over 6 months after launching Pivotal Big Data Suite (BDS), Pivotal customers and partners are rallying significant endorsements for how the new consumption model for Pivotal big data products is working for them. As one of the fastest growing new product offerings in the Pivotal portfolio, this is a ringing endorsement that the technology maturity as well as the consumption model is hitting the sweet spot for customers and partners alike. Check out what customers and partners have to say about using Big Data Suite so far.

Announcing the New Version of GemFire XD and SQLFire: Pivotal GemFire XD 1.3

featured-GemFireXD-brush The newest versions of SQLFire and GemFire XD are one and the same: Pivotal GemFire XD version 1.3. What were previously two separate products are now merged, so current licensees of either product are entitled to upgrade to the new version. Users of prior versions of GemFire XD will see a relatively small delta from the solution they are currently running, while SQLFire customers will find a significant improvement with some major new capabilities.