This Week in Cloud Foundry

all the news from around the community

This Week in Cloud Foundry April 10th 2015

Friendly reminder: The CF Summit 2015 in Santa Clara is on the horizon - May 11th and 12th. The schedule is already set with lots of great speakers and talks. Obviously, you will find the thisweekincf.com team there as well. Come and say hi to us.

Core CF and Lattice development

  • Phil Welan wrote up the CAB meeting notes from the April meeting. The CAB notes are a good summary of the current development across all CF engineering teams.

  • Onsi provided an update about the current status of Diego development. One of the upcoming and exciting features of Diego will be support for SSH access to running containers.

  • The Lattice project is gaining some interest. Mark Carlson wrote up a good summary of the Lattice project.

  • Also, the Spring team took a look at how Lattice and Spring can work together.

Extending Cloud Foundry (Buildpacks and Services)

  1. The CF Services team is currently working on an often requested feature: Service Keys. This feature was proposed in January and will allow you to create credentials for a service instance without binding it to an application.

  2. Tobias Oetiker created a Generic Buildpack. This buildpack is handy, when your applications needs some complicated setup than is typically handled by any of the current buildpacks.

Installing Cloud Foundry

  • Our friends from Stark And Wayne continue on their mission to make AWS installations for Cloud Foundry easier by using Terraform. Chris Weibel wrote up this post on how to get started with CF and Terraform.

  • There is a DZone reference card for Cloud Foundry available as a free download. Interestingly enough, I didn't find any RefCardz for other PaaS projects.

Monitoring/Maintaining Cloud Foundry

Cloud Foundry Foundation

There are no competing PaaS open source projects.

Although OpenShift has not the same traction that Cloud Foundry gained through the Foundation, I think we should not discard it too fast. Competition is good.

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This Week in Cloud Foundry 30th March 2015

Friendly reminder: The CF Summit 2015 in Santa Clara is on the horizon - May 11th and 12th. The schedule is already set with lots of great speakers and talks. Obviously, you will find the thisweekincf.com team there as well. Come and say hi to us.

Core CF development

  • The biggest news from last week came in the official release of Lattice, the brand new Cloud Foundry spin-off. It uses some of the CF core components and allows you to deploy and manage your Docker containers in the Cloud. The Lattice project was discussed (and well explained) in the last CF After Dark Hangout and in this video about the Lattice UI.

  • We saw a couple of new Cloud Foundry OSS releases.

    • v204 amongst many other cool changes introduced Consul for Service Discovery (via DNS) between CloudController and Diego's CloudController bridge.
    • v205 brought a few important security fixes.

  • Bosh-Lite is a handy project to install a ligth-weight CF environment on your local machine. With the CF release size growing bigger and bigger (the new Trusty-based stack, cflinuxfs2, is to blame), Bosh-Lite deploys started to fail. You can find more information and the fix in this post from Bosh PM Dmitriy Kalinin.

  • Lately, there has been a lot of talk about the next API version of Cloud Foundry (CF v3) on the mailing list. If you want to know more about that, look at the attachments of this Tracker Story. You will find a nice infographic.

  • As you know, most of the new development for Cloud Foundry is happening in Go. If you are interested in the CF source code on github.com, you will need to master at least a basic understanding of Go. Thanks to Sergey Matyukevich's (Altoros) nice 4-part introduction to Go, that challenge just became a little easier.

Installing Cloud Foundry

Monitoring/Maintaining Cloud Foundry

  • The Cloud Foundry components produce lots of interesting and useful metrics. Ed King (@edking2) from CloudCredo wrote up a nice post about how to visualize those metrics with the help of Graphite.

  • Kibana Me Logs is a Dr Nic project that will guide you through setting up a logsearch solution for your application logs. It recommends using the Docker Service Boshworkspace to install LogStash and ElasticSearch as a Cloud Foundry Service. Then it allows you to launch a search UI for you applications logs right from the command line.

Extending Cloud Foundry (Buildpacks and Services)

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This Week in Cloud Foundry 20th March 2015

Welcome to another addition of This Week in Cloud Foundry. The CF Summit 2015 in Santa Clara is on the horizon for May 11th and 12th. Call for Papers has already passed but don't forget to register for the event.

  1. Kicking off this week's big news, Matt Stine has published a book with O'Rielly titled Migrating to Cloud Native Application Architectures. You can burn through it in an evening and it's a great read for anyone building applications on top of Cloud Foundry.

  2. Talking of microservices check out Lattice as a resilient sub-structure for your microservice. Think CF for your laptop.

  3. As usual ActiveState have captured the latest Cloud Foundry Advisory Board meeting. Many thanks for alwayse providing solid write-ups.

  4. Pivotal's Dan Mikusa wrote a support related blog on JVM Memory Sizing. Related to memory settings my friend Haydon Ryan has written a blog on increasing the metaspace size in cloud foundry.

  5. The CF Dojo is a great way to learn about both Cloud Foundry development and agile / paired programming principles. It's good so see an additional CF DoJo set up by EMC. More info can also be found here.

  6. CI/CD is one of the many topics associated with Cloud Foundry. This blog from Pivotal talks about CD of CF mobile services.

  7. I'd like to give a shout out to Glyn, Steve and Julz as the goreporcard gave them an A for Garden.

  8. After spending more time with Dr Nic this week I can appreciate the raft of Stark and Wayne ideas and projects that support the CF community. I'm hoping for more blogs soon but his latest blog on scripting the CF API offers some great tips on working with the CF API through cf curl and jq.

  9. It was also good to catch up with HatOfMonkeys in S.F. this week. This has been discussed previously but I've circled back to CloudCredo's blog - by Ed king - on integrating ELK with CF and it's well worth a read if you are looking at log management and storage for CF.

  10. Of note this week, Cloud Foundry is releasing new versions of go, nodejs php, python, and ruby buildpacks to support cflinuxfs2.

  11. I just came across this youtube playlist of Microservices, PaaS and Cloud Foundry. Hours of CF related content for your viewing pleasure.

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