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CLOUD FOUNDRY
Continuous Delivery Among the Donkeys

In this post, Pivotal’s Coté explains how the "real service platform" is your delivery pipeline along with some dialogue about unicorns, horses, donkeys, yaks, and fat boy scouts. After providing reference research on the desired and current state of of continuous delivery and integration, Coté underscores two key things for development teams—the importance of the feedback loop and where to focus on overall delivery process improvements.

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How To: Configuring Nagios to Monitor Pivotal Cloud Foundry

In this in-depth how-to article, Chris Mattingly, Solutions Architect from EMC, provides background, overview, and step-by-step details on setting up Pivotal Cloud Foundry with Nagios, the open source monitoring solution. As well, he provides a real-world scenario that his team faced, links, code snippets, and sample scripts on GitHub to make it easy for others to do the same.

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All Things Pivotal Podcast Episode #15: What is Pivotal Web Services?

You might be familiar with Pivotal CF as a Platform as a Service that you can deploy on-premises or in the cloud provider of your choice—however, you may not know that Pivotal CF is also available in a hosted offering as Pivotal Web Services. In this episode we take a closer look at Pivotal Web Services—what is it used for, and how you can take advantage of it.

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They put mayonnaise on their beards in Belgium. Wait, that’s not right. Three EU conferences

Cote kicks off his first month at Pivotal by touring three European tech conferences, including the RedMonk conference Monkigras, FOSDEM and Config Management Camp. In this trip report, Cote connects with a few key themes including how the business policies are currently acting as gate-keeper to spinning gold out of data, how big of an impact IoT is having on these conferences, and the progress the config management folks have made to thinking further up the stack.

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Statica Now Available in the Pivotal Web Services Marketplace

Statica is available to Pivotal Web Services via the Services Marketplace. The solution provides a managed proxy service that will route any application traffic via a Static IP address, and it takes just a few lines of code to integrate it. The application supports the ability to connect from a PWS hosted applications to a firewall protected resource or connect to an API or a database protected with IP filtering. The post explains the background on the problem, provides integration code, and includes a screenshot of the dashboard for managing the application.

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MySQL Service Now Highly Available on Pivotal Cloud Foundry

The Pivotal Cloud Foundry team is excited to announce that the Pivotal Services catalog now includes a highly available MySQL database. Applications that are running on Pivotal Cloud Foundry can now be backed by a resilient relational database. This integrated Database as a Service (DBaaS) ensures continuous availability of critical applications, without requiring the operational overhead of creating and managing a MySQL cluster.

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How We Found Out The #Patriots Beat The #Seahawks on Twitter Too

Imagine a stream of Twitter data coming into a dashboard showing the number of #Patriots versus #Seahawks hashtags. Using an architecture made up of three microservices running on separate public and a private instances of Cloud Foundry, Pivotal engineers built this app in a day. This post explains how they did it and what advantages the architecture provided.

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When To Shave Yaks, Or Avoid It All Together

In his first post with Pivotal, Cote explores some of the reasons why some enterprise development groups are thinking they must build their own PaaS versus buy one. These organizations have built a shared, often cloud-like runtime used to support their custom written software used to run their business internally and externally. While many companies were forced to do this in past years, because viable PaaSes didn’t exist; there’s all sorts of examples, perhaps most famously, Google and Netflix, each of whom had to build large scale, cloud-driven platforms to fit their business. In this post, Cote articulates the reasons why this may not be necessary for most organizations today, and why this model could actually cost you competitive advantage.

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

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.

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Why Services are Essential to Your Platform as a Service

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.

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