Pivotal People–Michael Coté on Joining Pivotal and Building Better Software

featured-mcote As a prior programmer, cloud strategist, and industry analyst, Michael Coté has seen the software industry from a number of perspectives, including Director of Cloud Strategy at Dell. Recently, he joined Pivotal to work on the Cloud Foundry team, and, in this Q&A, gives us a rundown on his background, what attracted him to Pivotal, why open source matters, and more.

All Things Pivotal Podcast Episode #13: Using Service Brokers in Pivotal Cloud Foundry

featured-pivotal-podcast Microservices are becoming an increasingly popular development pattern for modern, cloud-ready applications. This is an "extreme" example of what developers have known for a long time—consuming loosely coupled services is easier than writing it all yourself, and creating a monolith that makes change and development difficult. If we want to consume service, does it not make sense to have an easy, consistent and reliable way to do so? In this week's episode we examine the concept of the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Service Broker, how it works, how you can build your own, and what it brings to the developer's toolkit.

Why Services are Essential to Your Platform as a Service

featured-CF-AddService PaaS gives developers and IT operations groups tremendous advantages, and a core capability includes the easy provisioning of services such as data stores, middleware, monitoring, and continous integration. In this post, Services overview is given on Pivotal Cloud Foundry Services, and it and explains the extensibility of the platform, including the deployment of Managed and User-Provided Services. In addition, flexibility, security, self-service, and mobile services are covered.

Monitoring Pivotal Cloud Foundry Health and Status: Hybrid Models, KPIs, and More

featured-PCF-health Pivotal Cloud Foundry provides a new way of managing development, deployment, and operations. As companies begin using PaaS, there are new considerations for monitoring the environment. In this post, Cloud Foundry expert, Jamie O’Meara, explains best practices and shows how dashboards can be used to monitor the health and status of Pivotal Cloud Foundry. His environment includes Pivotal Cloud Foundry, vCloud Air, vRealize Hyperic, and vRealize Operations Manager in a hybrid environment, and he covers dashboards for Pivotal Cloud Foundry, DEAs, and Applications, including the health of each component, app instances, cloud controller, application staging, crashes, and more.

Re-Architecting Genomics Pipelines to Handle the Rising Wave of Data

featured-dna-data Genomic data is quickly becoming a central part of the next generation of medicine. The future of treatments will be through precision medicine, as evidenced by the growing number of drugs targeting specific mutations, and this will require the processing of large volumes of data. Genomics data sets have grown considerably, and the solutions of the past are not going to solve up-and-coming problems with adequate performance and speed. In this post, the first of a series, Pivotal data scientists introduce a new perspective on how the re-architecture of genomics processing pipelines, using SQL on Hadoop and low-cost storage on HDFS, can propel this space by revolutionizing the processing and analysis of data.

All Things Pivotal Podcast Episode #12: Logging–How Hard Could it Be?

featured-pivotal-podcast When you are operating applications—be it one, or 1,000—logging is a key element of your operational model. In this week's episode, Simon looks at the Cloud Foundry Loggregator component—what it does, and how you can connect it to 3rd-party log aggregation services.

GemFire XD 1.4 Now Available for Download

featured-GemFireXD-brush The latest release of GemFire XD 1.4 is now available for download. Its biggest improvements include single hop inserts for 50% faster performance, and support for JSON document objects in SQL tables. This makes GemFire XD even better for write-intensive use cases, such as high-speed ingest. Also, now we can support use cases that need more schema flexibility to the otherwise well-defined relational structure of GemFire XD.

Groovy 2.4 And Grails 3.0 To Be Last Major Releases Under Pivotal Sponsorship

featured-GroovyGrails-sunset Pivotal today announced that it will fund the next two major releases of the Groovy and Grails through March 31st, 2015, after which it will no longer directly fund development on these open source projects. This post explains the plan to hand control of these projects to the community and other frequently asked questions.

MADlib 1.7 Release—Adding Generalized Linear Models, Decision Trees, and Random Forest

featured-madlib The new release of MADlib 1.7 includes several new features, namely generalized linear models, decision trees, and random forest. These ready-to-use algorithms provide better features, performance, and ease of use for predictive analytics. In addition, each supports PivotalR and Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML) format. This post provides an overview of each algorithm along with links to the release notes and more.

Build Newsletter: Predictions, Security, Mobile, Agile, & DevOps – January 2015

featured-build “Build” is the monthly newsletter from Pivotal that provides a snapshot of the most relevant news and trends for architects and developers. This month we look at 2014 year-end reviews and 2015 predictions, top news about breaches, as well as other important news and articles on mobile, agile, and devops in the areas that are making the biggest impact in software development and architecture today.