Optimizing Bosh-Lite Deployment Times

featured-polycloud-green This post continues our CI pipeline series. In this edition, we talk about how we optimized the pipeline’s Cloud Foundry deployment step (into bosh-lite on AWS) from previously over one hour to about 20 minutes, resulting in shorter feedback cycles and therefore faster development.

Using Docker For CI Pipelines

featured-dcloud A previous post explained CI pipelines for loggregator, and this post zooms in on why the Cloud Foundry engineering team uses Docker and how. A background is given and covers the problems faced without Docker and the benefits. Then, one of our top engineers, Johannes Petzold, explains how we use it and the issues we've seen.

Docker Service Broker for Cloud Foundry

featured-clouds-whale Pivotal's Cloud Foundry team is a fan of Docker. In this post, learn how the Docker service broker for Cloud Foundry allows users to expose and provision services offerings that run inside a Docker container and bind applications to those services. One of Pivotal's expert Docker and Cloud Foundry engineers covers everything from the broker use cases for multi-database engine tests, log draining, known limitations, and information to get started using Docker and Cloud Foundry.

Session Replication on Cloud Foundry

featured-polycloud-green Recently, the Java Buildpack added support for session replication using Redis. This support complements the existing session affinity (i.e. sticky sessions) that Cloud Foundry already supports. So now, in addition to having sessions routed to the instance they were created on, sessions will also survive the loss of that instance. The Java Buildpack will auto-configure Redis-based Session Replication for you when it notices that you’ve bound to a specially identified Redis service. This post describes how this works.

An Overview of Loggregator CI Pipelines

featured-CF-logo-partA Cloud Foundry at Pivotal recently set up new continuous integration pipelines for loggregator, using Thoughtworks’ Go (not to be confused with Go, the programming language.) This is the first in a planned series of related blog posts; its intention is to provide an initial overview of our pipelines.

How To Win In Mobile App Development, Quickly

featured-PCF-mobile With over a billion smartphones, which 90% of people keep within arm’s reach at all times, businesses must shift their development priorities to “mobile first”. There is a popular concept that today every company is becoming a software business. The reality now is that every company must become a MOBILE software business. To support that endeavor, Pivotal looked to the technology and expertise of the Xtreme Labs team (acquired in 2013), who have developed over 400 mobile apps, with 400 million downloads, helping to bake their mobile development best practices into our vision for the third platform. Today, we announce the next step in that journey: Pivotal CF Mobile Services.

Pivotal’s Cloud Platform Roadshow Brings Pivotal CF to Cites in the U.S. and Europe

featured-cloud-roadshow The Pivotal Cloud Platform Roadshow is now touring major cities in the United States and Europe, featuringPivotal CF workshops geared towards developers, architects, operations and technical managers. Coinciding with Pivotal’s announcement of significant new mobile, data, and ecosystem services for Pivotal CF, the Pivotal Cloud Platform Roadshow presents an opportunity to work with, and learn more about, the leading enterprise PaaS.

Cloud Foundry UAA: Onwards and Upwards into the Cloud

featured-CF-UAA During the last two quarters, Cloud Foundry at Pivotal has revamped its identity management team and are progressing towards new features and integration points. In our ongoing mission to make Cloud Foundry the cloud platform of choice, we have greatly improved the platform's user identity management features.

Gartner Panel Reveals Stark Differences in Container Based PaaS Options

HealthAutomationMgt This week’s Gartner panel on PaaS marked an important milestone in market education on fundamentally different approaches to building container based cloud application platforms for enterprise customers, highlighting Red Hat OpenShift's approach to PaaS does not include automated application process HA. They further posed to Eric, the moderator of the panel, this week on Twitter that application node availability is the responsibility of the IaaS layer, and system administration scripting toolchains such as Puppet. In this post, Pivotal's Head of Cloud Foundry, James Watters, explores why Cloud Foundry and Pivotal CF customers actually value these features in a platform, and why they are important to its success.

Pivotal People—Simon Elisha, CTO & Senior Manager of Field Engineering, Australia and New Zealand

featured-SElisha In this post, CTO and Senior Manager of Field Engineering, Simon Elisha, shares his perspective on how he arrived at Pivotal, why he is excited, and what he is working on. As a prior enterprise architect at Cisco and a customer-facing advisor/educator for Amazon Web Services, he brings plenty of insight on the advantages of Cloud Foundry. He is also hiring in Australia and New Zealand!