Case Study: How Pivotal Network Does Zero Downtime Deployment on Cloud Foundry

featured-fractured-time At the end of last quarter, Pivotal Network (the platform for evaluating Pivotal Software) came out of a three week deploy freeze, and yet the team still needed to deliver features. In looking for a way to avoid downtime constraints going forward, they figured out a way to use Cloud Foundry to deploy four times to our production environment in the span of that following week, with no downtime. Today, they can now deploy small features as they are ready, during business hours. In this post, the former technical lead for Pivotal Network shares their experience and outlines the steps they followed to get there.

Elisabeth Hendrickson on Using PaaS for Continuous Delivery at the Cloud Foundry Summit

featured-PaaSContinuousDelivery During a technical breakout session at the Cloud Foundry Summit 2014, Elisabeth Hendrickson, director of quality engineering for Cloud Foundry, explained the value of continuous delivery and how a PaaS like Cloud Foundry can enable automated deployments with zero downtime for users.

Semantic, Yet Flexible: BOSH Release Versioning

featured-BOSH-versioning In this post, Pivotal Engineer, Karl Isenberg, explains how BOSH now supports semantically versioned releases, making BOSH more flexible by allowing release creators to branch and patch their releases in a way that matches their development patterns, rather than forcing them into a linear, low-information versioning pattern. The new service is called Semi-Semantic, and is based on the popular SemVer project but with a Cloud Foundry twist. In this post, Isenberg covers how SemVer works, pros and cons of SemVer, how BOSH applies, explains how Semi-semantic works, and shows you how to easily deploy versions with simple BOSH commands.

Pivotal People—Andrew Clay Shafer, DevOps Polymath, Joins Pivotal

featured-andrew-clay-schafer We are pleased to announce Andrew Clay Shafer as a welcome addition to the Pivotal team. A ‘start up person’ who spent most of the last decade working on venture funded projects, Andrew made seminal contributions to the devops movement while helping IT organizations improve with better tools and processes. He has been frequently asked to present his little ideas on devops and cloud management related topics. Shafer is an O’Reilly published author contributing to the book ‘Web Operations’, and has also been a guest on ‘radar’. In addition to his work in technology, Andrew also concerns himself with people, and how they interact with that technology and each other. He’s been a core organizer of devopsdays since 2010, and this year is on the program committee for culture and operations at the Velocity Conference and the devops track co-chair at Agile 2014. James Watters asked him to help with the Platform and CF Summit, helping to convince Andrew he could be part of something special at Pivotal. In this Q&A, Shafer shares his journey before joining Pivotal and how Pivotal aligns with his vision of people, process and tools working together.

Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz @ Cloud Foundry Summit—Building a Lasting, Valuable Contribution for the World

featured-CFSummit-Maritz In this post, we highlight the video where Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz explains how the Cloud Foundry community can come together to build a lasting, valuable contribution, ultimately leading to a huge impact on the world and our futures. In it, he covers the story of how Cloud Foundry was born, the big technology shifts underpinning PaaS ecosystems, recipes for successful PaaS technology foundations, applications in the Post-Paper Era, and the major themes at the Cloud Foundry Summit.

App Placement in Cloud Foundry Diego: A Classical Optimization Problem

featured-polycloud-blue In a follow-up to the popular talk at CF Summit discussing how and why the Cloud Foundry team is rewriting one of the existing Cloud Foundry components, namely the DEA, in Go (codenamed “Diego” appropriately), Cloud Foundry engineer Amit Gupta shares the details of how the DEA optimizes scaling applications across your available cloud resources. In this technical post, he reviews the new auction system, and illustrates the problem Diego solves by modelling it as a mathematical optimization problem.

Running Elasticsearch and Kibana Using Go on Pivotal Web Services for Less than $1 per mo

featured-elasticsearch Elasticsearch has become one of the most successful open source search engines in the world. You can now use Elasticsearch with Kibana on your Go applications running on Pivotal Web Services for as little as 80 cents a month! Read more from Long Nguyen, Software Engineer at Stark & Wayne.

PaaS Comparison: Cloud Foundry, Microsoft Azure, Google App Engine, Amazon, Heroku, and OpenShift

featured-CFSummit-PaaSCompare In this post, we summarize a talk given by Dr. Mike Maximilien from IBM Cloud Labs and James Bayer, Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry Director of Product Management. The two provide a detailed comparison between Cloud Foundry, Microsoft Azure, Google App Engine, Amazon, Heroku, and OpenShift, and their agenda included background, limitations to validity, methodology, results, insights, and potential next steps. You can also find links to the slides and video.

Cloud Foundry and the Design of the Philips Digital Health Platform

featured-philips-digihealth The name Philips is often associated with the company's consumer and lighting products, but the its healthcare offerings are increasingly important to Philips' future. During his keynote at the Cloud Foundry Summit 2014, Francois Andry, Software Architect for the Philips Digital Health Platform, detailed the challenges and opportunities inherent in building a platform that unites Philips’ connected products and addresses the limitations of the company’s legacy systems.

Everything as a Service: How Cloud Foundry is Fueling Innovation at CoreLogic

featured-CFS-CoreLogic In collaboration with Pivotal, CoreLogic is building a next-generation platform on Cloud Foundry for its data-driven apps and services. During a talk at the Cloud Foundry Summit 2014, Richard Leurig, Senior Vice President of CoreLogic’s Innovation Development Center, detailed how the company os moving beyond a complex legacy infrastructure in favor of one that enables agile development of new products that share a common component system.