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.

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.

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.

All Things Pivotal Podcast Episode #11: So What Happens When I Push An App Anyway?

featured-pivotal-podcast One of the benefits of PaaS is that a whole swathe of complex detail is taken care of by the platform itself, enabling the developer to know that the application will be deployed correctly and in a supportable manner. In this episode, we take a journey into what the process entails and give you a taste of how easy it can be.

3 Steps to Doing Mobile App Testing the Right Way

featured-mobile-app-testing As mobile app usage is becoming more popular, developers still face key challenges around quality assurance and testing. In this post, Pivotal outlines how test driven development, automated testing, and user testing with automated distribution can make a difference and highlights a new mobile app service that greatly simplifies the last mile of testing, App Distribution for Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

Taking Security to the Next Level—Application Security Groups

featured-security-levels In this post, Abby Kearns, one of our Technical Product Marketers, provides an overview of how Application Security Groups work within Pivotal Cloud Foundry. She explains how every application request goes through the Pivotal Cloud Foundry firewall, allow rules, whitelisting, configuration, deployment lifecycles, and more.

Pivotal’s Top 6 Predictions for the Developer in 2015

featured-2015-dev-predictions The big data and cloud platform thought leaders of Pivotal expect 2015 to be a transformative year, with companies showcasing the benefits of open source, automation and data-driven analytics as the key to real competitive advantage. Last year a significant amount of groundwork was laid to evolve developers productivity with tooling advances, and this year those liberated from legacy development models will shine by creating new futuristic apps that tie mobile and the internet of things into a data-driven, learning experience that will create unparalleled user experiences and separate themselves from the competition.

Build Newsletter: Containers, Mobile Apps, App Design, Data & Scale – December 2014

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 inaugural post covers containers, mobile development, app design, data, and scale. From Docker on Cloud Foundry to Mobile Retargeting to Cloud Economics, Pivotal has summarized the most important news in one spot for people creating apps at scale to stay on top of the rapidly changing technology market.

Getting Started with WordPress on Cloud Foundry

featured-CF-WP In this post, Pivotal engineer, Daniel Mikusa, explains how you can begin to use Wordpress on Cloud Foundry. At a high level, he covers the steps necessary to get a Cloud Foundry account, install the Cloud Foundry client, set up the architecture, and deploy.