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Get Closure: Deploy Apps to Production in Seconds, Not Weeks

In this post, our own Richard Seroter, Senior Director of Product and 9-time Microsoft MVP, explains one of the most important reasons that virtually all software apps should run on Pivotal Cloud Foundry. If we look at six major issues facing continuous deployment, we can see how Cloud Foundry moves past them and helps us deploy apps in seconds instead of weeks. In other words, Cloud Foundry can help us get from “code complete” to “live in production” in a mere fraction of the time spent on traditional approaches. This is huge.

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Meet PCF Dev: Your Ticket To Running Cloud Foundry Locally

PCF Dev is a new Pivotal product that allows developers to run a nearly feature-complete Pivotal Cloud Foundry® installation locally in a single virtual machine. With PCF Dev, we aim to provide the full PCF experience locally, allowing you to iterate on your apps quickly in a production-like environment. PCF Dev includes condensed versions of the same production-grade components that comprise PCF, such as the Diego application scheduler.

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Cloud Foundry Now Supports VMware Photon Platform

Today, VMware and Pivotal share an important milestone in our promise to deliver a next generation, turnkey Cloud Native platform that will fundamentally transform how companies deliver and run custom enterprise software. We are announcing the availability of the open source Photon Platform Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) for Cloud Foundry’s BOSH, an API that is used to interact with an underlying IaaS to create and manage objects on an infrastructure, including images, VMs and disks. Simply put, now Cloud Foundry users have the ability to manage their application’s lifecycle on the lightweight VMware Photon IaaS.

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Cloud Native On The Meetup Circuit

Starting Monday, November 30, the Cloud Foundry and Java Spring teams will be visiting Minneapolis, Columbus, Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C.—wrapping up by December 17. If you want to learn more about DevOps, Docker, Cloud Foundry, Lattice, Cloud Native Java, Spring Boot & Spring Cloud, and NetflixOSS, then join us at any of the seven meetups.

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Cloud Native Continuous Delivery With Netflix Spinnaker

In this post, Greg Turnquist explains how Pivotal and Netflix are collaborating around Spinnaker, the Cloud Native continuous delivery platform just launched by Netflix. Additional Spinnaker details are provided, explaining goals, deployment approaches, its support for Cloud Foundry and other providers, architecture components, and processing steps.

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Pivotal Cloud Foundry 1.6 Now Available

Looking at the similarities for the most successful software companies, there are three development tenets they embrace to achieve true agility: microservices, continuous delivery and DevOps. The latest release of Pivotal Cloud FoundryⓇ (PCF) packages modern Cloud Native software development tools into a turnkey platform. With a new library of core microservices called Spring Cloud Services, expanded support for .NET and Docker deployments, and built-in CI/CD toolchain with support for Cloudbees Jenkins, GitLab, and Jfrog Artifactory, it’s never been easier for enterprise teams to convert to Cloud Native patterns for development, testing, and operations.

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On DevOps: A Cloud Native Government—What it Takes

This post provides a summary and an additional perspective of the recent FierceDevOps article published by Coté, one of Pivotal's leading DevOps thinkers. In it, he starts by pointing out several key statistics regarding the expected outcomes of DevOps in government and the reality of the challenges. A shining example of DevOps in .gov is provided along with an initial set of questions to begin asking government IT teams, getting them engaged in DevOps thinking. Lastly, Coté hits on several key “systems thinking” issues.

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Running Your Platform—Upgrade Much?

A common question for operations when considering running a platform for the first time is, what do you do to the platform when you are running all your apps on it? Be it for patches, upgrades, routine maintenance, or the ever-present security upgrades—how do you do this easily and without downtime? In this podcast, host Simon Elisha explains how Pivotal Cloud Foundry handles most of the heavy lifting for its users.

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Operations Has Plenty To Do In A Cloud Native Enterprise

In an age when the role of IT Operations is shifting faster than ever before, there's no end of jobs operations people can be doing. Fresh of many years being an operations person, Bridget Kromhout, now at Pivotal, talks with host Coté in this episode about the evolution of DevOps and operations. They discuss the opportunities operations people have in a Cloud Native world, moving to and from management, organization change management, being "promoted" to management, and, of course, USENET.

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Talking DevOps ROI with the Finance Department

In this week's podcast, Coté speaks with Ed Goodwin, a programmer friend who went and got an MBA and entered a whole new career in finance. He asks Ed to walk us through how you'd think about explaining the ROI for DevOps and, more broadly, how to work with finance people who are curious about new IT processes like DevOps and Cloud Native. He gives some excellent, pragmatic advice, proving that as always, it helps to just talk with people—even if they're from finance.

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