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Allstate’s Andy Zitney Is Disrupting How Insurance Does Technology

During a keynote presentation at the Cloud Foundry Summit 2015, Andy Zitney, Senior Vice President of Infrastructure Services at Allstate, offered a wide-angle view of deploying disruptive technologies within a large enterprise. Zitney’s talk, “Developing the Freedom to Disrupt”, covered not only his experiences within the 90-year-old insurance company, but also his time working in financial services. Cloud Foundry has played a critical role in transforming how these companies innovate within a defined corporate structure, he explained. “They all suffer...from the lack of a platform to drive change,” Zitney said, “but then comes along Cloud Foundry. A great platform for a technologist, but even better for someone who wants a change in an industry and a change in how the company thinks.”

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Diversity at the Cloud Foundry Summit

Last week at the inaugural Cloud Foundry Summit, now run by the new Cloud Foundry Foundation, we had a unique opportunity to gather and discuss gender diversity. 125 women attended a luncheon that included a keynote on the gender gap in technology, as well as a panel discussion that focused on gender diversity in an open source software community. The discussion that followed really showed the need for a continuing conversation, as well as offered up solutions that other companies were implementing that could enable teams to become more diverse.

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IoT: The New Normal

Last year, mobile became the new normal for the internet, overtaking PCs for the lead in how users access the internet. Powered by advancements made through this mobile revolution, the industry is on the precipice of a new, bigger revolution: the Internet of Things (IoT). With two thirds of global GDP considered industrial, as IoT takes root, it is set to disrupt the face of every industry it touches. To keep up and compete, increasingly companies are first reinventing how they develop software, leaving the undifferentiated heavy lifting of running apps to a platform, and focusing on developing and releasing innovation faster.

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By The Numbers: A Cloud Foundry Summit 2015 Recap

Coming off the heels of the Cloud Foundry Summit, the Pivotal team is excited about all of the activities that happened there. This post highlights the event, including: the top 30 tweets, 10 Pivotal customer sessions, 10 Pivotal employee sessions, as well as recommended blog articles and key media quotes. Enjoy!

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Pivotal Conversations—Sam Ramji, CEO of the Cloud Foundry Foundation

How do you organize the work around building a shared cloud platform between vendors and actual users of that platform? That’s exactly what the Cloud Foundry Foundation was setup to manage and what Coté discusses with Sam Ramji in this episode. In talking about the mechanics of the Cloud Foundry Foundation we compare and contrast it to other open source foundations and also discuss what to expect over the next year.

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Does A Reduction in the Number of VMs Bring Benefits?

With Pivotal Cloud Foundry, it is important to start looking at the world of scaling components and managing operations much differently. When roll-out plans begin for our customers, IT teams start looking at the number and sizes of VMs to run. Pivotal Cloud Foundry was actually designed with a model in mind, and, in this post, one of Pivotal’s top engineers outlines the cost, management, flexibility, and control factors for sizing VMs.

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Pivotal Perspectives—Pivotal Cloud Foundry on Amazon Web Services

Whilst you have always been able to deploy Cloud Foundry onto Amazon Web Services using BOSH—you needed good BOSH skills to make it happen. With version 1.4 of Pivotal Cloud Foundry, this is now all handled by the Ops Manager.

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Pivotal and Mirantis Partner To Deliver Pivotal Cloud Foundry On Mirantis OpenStack

Today, the leading contributors to the OpenStack and Cloud Foundry open source cloud infrastructure projects, Mirantis and Pivotal, are joining forces to put Cloud Foundry PaaS on OpenStack IaaS. Enterprises globally are experiencing upheaval driven by software-powered upstarts. Through this partnership, the two companies are combining their technical expertise and business credibility to create the rock-solid cloud infrastructure that enterprises can rely upon to navigate change, defend their market position, capture new opportunities and build their next generation of services.

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OpenStack APIs – The Secret to CenturyLink Cloud’s Support for Pivotal Cloud Foundry

CenturyLink has recently announced that they will now deliver managed Pivotal Cloud Foundry environments atop their CenturyLink Cloud platform for customers in both public and private environments. Like the majority of public cloud providers, CenturyLink uses and supports the OpenStack APIs. As one of the OpenStack founders, it's very validating to see this. Pivotal has been able to support Cloud Foundry across a large number of both public and private cloud environments, by relying on these standard APIs.

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Cloud Foundry Ops: Ephemeral Ports and the Value of a Platform as a Service

Pivotal's Cornelia Davis shares another story from her time working in Pivotal Web Services, the hosted Pivotal Cloud Foundry service. She walks us through how she found a bug in her application set up due to ephemeral ports, or specifically statically assigning ports in a restricted range. Through this story she shares the power of the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform—how it helps to generally avoid these problems, and how it avoided downtime for the service during this time of trouble.