Using Maven to push to Cloud Foundry with Java 8

featured-maven-CF In this post, Pivotal Developer Advocate, Johannes Tuchscherer, explains how to use Maven with a Cloud Foundry plugin to run a Java app with Java 8. He provides several references and tips on how to get an environment running with this plug-in.

An ‘Open’ Invitation to Oracle: Cloud Foundry Welcomes You

featured-CF-Oracle-Invitation As rumored early last week, today Oracle made news about its latest effort in the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market, its third such announcement in as many years. Pivotal would like to acknowledge this milestone for Oracle and invite them to join us and other industry leaders like IBM, Intel, HP, SAP, Rackspace, VMware, CenturyLink, Docker, EMC, Accenture, CapGemini, BNY Mellon, Swisscom, NTT and Verizon (among many others) and become a member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation. By doing so, Oracle will join a growing ecosystem of companies that are united around the common goal of meeting the evolving needs of customers and giving them the necessary tools to innovate in an era of open technology. We hope Oracle will embrace an open approach to PaaS, working with our existing (and growing) community to help bring the power of PaaS to more enterprises around the world.

Pivotal CF 1.3 Is Generally Available

featured-pcf Pivotal CF 1.3 is now generally available, complete with new capabilities that make it easier for enterprise IT to arm their developers with a Platform as a Service (PaaS) in their data center while gaining the security, high availability and governance that IT desires. This post describes the highlights of this release including multiple availability zones; multiple networks; security groups; on-demand access to enterprise Hadoop; dynamically updated usage reports, application status, events and logs; and introducing 4 new languages for internationalization and localization.

Installing DreamFactory on Pivotal Web Services

featured-pws-dreamfactory In this guest post, DreamFactory shares how their open source REST API platform can now be installed on Pivotal Web Services as an application, helping developers to build front-end applications on their local machines and then push the required mobile back-end infrastructure services onto PWS for reliable, scalable and affordable PaaS hosting. DreamFactory cites that they chose to offer their app on PWS because it results in the ideal experience for their customers, including simplicity in operations and deployment. The post includes an easy HOWTO get DreamFactory running on your PWS instance.

An Introduction to the Pivotal CF Mobile Suite API Gateway

featured-PCF-mobile The API Gateway is one of the products available on the Pivotal CF Mobile Services. It allows developers to easily create edge gateways proxy calls between devices and your organization internal services. One of the benefits of using an edge gateway is that you can perform all of the above without having to modify internal services. In this post, we will show how easy is to implement a rate limiting edge gateway service using Pivotal’s API Gateway and Redis.

Synapse LLC: Providing Mobile and Web Solutions for Customers with Pivotal Web Services

featured-casestudy-synapse In this post, Sureel Bhurat, co-founder of Synapse LLC, a young Boston based company that builds SaaS web and mobile applications for consumer start-ups and enterprises, explains how PWS lets them innovate fast at a disruptively low cost. Synapse can build and operate applications for multiple customers with a very small team because they can use services from the Marketplace as well their own services with "user provided services". They rely on PWS to automatically load balance, dynamically scale and keep their apps running. Pivotal Web Services' simple and fine-grained pricing model allowed them to tune resources to just what they needed to serve their customers.

The Great Divide: Reflections on the Public/Private PaaS Market in 2014

featured-public-private-divide Last week we announced an important new partnership with Cloudbees to bring a native enterprise Jenkins service to Pivotal CF (PCF). This provided a first glimpse at the power of Pivotal Network, a service catalog for PCF, that allows any private PCF installation to import additional scalable platform services from Pivotal and a growing ecosystem of partners. In the wake of this milestone, Pivotal's James Watters takes this opportunity to articulate how this is yet another positive signal for the rapidly growing enterprise PaaS market, and how Cloud Foundry is serving up "fresh hope to IT people searching desperately for a private cloud strategy".

CloudBees Enterprise Jenkins for Pivotal CF

featured-jenkins Today we’re announcing our partnership with CloudBees, the company behind Jenkins, to offer Pivotal customers access to the leading continuous integration and delivery software for enterprises. The CloudBees Enterprise Jenkins (CBJE) software will be delivered as an add-on service for Pivotal CF. Our customers will be able to download CBJE directly from Pivotal Network to install and configure Jenkins using Pivotal CF Operations Manager.

Pivotal People—Onsi Fakhouri, The Science of Diego

featured-ofakhouri Award-winning Berkley astronomer, Onsi Fakhouri, has brought years of experience from working with Pivotal Labs and is currently leading the re-imagination and re-engineering of elastic runtime architectures on Cloud Foundry. This post covers Fakhouri’s background, Go (open source programming language) refactoring, Cloud Foundry Dojos, challenges of distributed systems, and more.

Running CareKinesis’ Healthcare Platform with Microservices on Pivotal Web Services

featured-microservice Today's guest post is from Tom Wilson, President and Lead Technologist for Jack Russell Software, where he is responsible for the Software Development Vision and part of the Software Architecture Team. In this post, Tom explains why his team decided to break out new business logic for their parent company's (CareKinesis, Inc) flagship Rails application into a set of microservices running on Pivotal Web Services. A period of rapid growth made them feel the pain point of a monolithic Rails codebase. By moving to a micro-services stack on Pivotal Web Services, Tom and his team were able to add developers to build new features in days vs weeks and take advantage of lightweight containers for performance. Pivotal Web Services $0.03/GB-Hr pricing and fine-grained container sizing allowed them to do more for a lot less.