This Week in Cloud Foundry

all the news from around the community

This Week in Cloud Foundry 16th Jan 2016

Two for two! I can see 2106 is going to be a jam packed year. We already have a lot of material to catch-up on so lets go…

Core Cloud Foundry

  • I'm impressed to see SAP leading the BOSH CPI for Open Stack. This is a great example of what can be achieved by participating in a Cloud Foundry Dojo, intensively training over a 6 week period.

  • Talking of Dojos, there is a new EMC Dojo opening in Boston on the 22nd Jan.

  • .Net on Cloud Foundry is gaining momentum. If you want to deply a .NET app on Cloud Foundry, Micah Young and John Shahid expalin how for PCF.

  • There was a CAB meeting this week. Altoros have provided a comprehensive write up of what was discussed.

  • Diego is now an integral part of Cloud Foundry. If you need a hand migrating your apps from DEA to diego the check out the docs, or take a look at this great diego-migration-plugin from Dave Malone.

  • Stark and Wayne are front and centre in providing endless tech goodness relating to Cloud Foundry. Check out shied for a wide variety of pluggable data systems including S3 blobstores.

  • Sometimes you just need to know what Cloud Foundry is working with. Josh Kruck's plugin downloads the current droplet for an app to your local file system. This works even if the app won't start, the only requirement is the stager successfully builds a droplet. It's amazingly valuable for troubleshooting.


  • As discussed several times in the past on this post, microservices and Cloud Foundry enjoy an amazing symbiotic relationship. This register post gives a solid overview of microservices.


I'm in the process of wrapping up a mini book on Cloud Foundry so I need to dash. That's a wrap for this week. If you are interested in receiving notifications about new posts at This Week in Cloud Foundry, please sign up here. If you think we missed anything important, please ping @thisweekincf or @duncwinn and we will add it next week. Thanks and enjoy.

This Week in Cloud Foundry 8th Jan 2016

Wow - It's been a long time since the last "weekly" post! There is a new team on board and our hope is to keep the post cadence true to the name. The Cloud Foundry community is still growing at a phenomenal rate. For this post I'll touch on some of the recent highlights.

Core Cloud Foundry

  • A Bosh bare metal CPI - now there's a grand way to start 2016. Check out this RackHD Video.

  • Modern cloud native applications are big consumers for object storage, like Amazon S3. EMC has developed the EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) Service Broker.

  • Ever wondered about how CF Versioning (at a course grained level) works. This gem of a post from Colin unpacks CF from V1 to a futuristic V4.

  • As mentioned by my friend Rohit; if you want to bulk import users from SAML/LDAP into CF you can use this nifty tool.

CAB and the Community

  • Cloud Foundry Certifications are now in full swing. Swisscom is one of the first companies in the world to receive Cloud Foundry certification

  • Stark and Wayne are still churning out lots of tech goodness with (some of my personal favourite being) a Generic Bosh Release a swift buildpack use concourse to build a docker image and the one and only spruce.

  • Towards the end of last year, the first CF Summits were run in the Asia and EMEA regions. The content and slides can be found here. One of the talks I'd like to highlight was Tim Savage's talk on the rapid and resilient provisioning of Cloud Foundry for high volume and comercially critical workloads.

  • It's always interesting to see different industries embarking on their Cloud Foundry journey. Excited to see how the UK Government get on over the next few months. I love their perspective on "The maturity of Cloud Foundry, as well as the size of its community, were the most significant factors in this decision."

  • For those not aware, SAP is planning to integrate Cloud Foundry into SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

  • Anyone out there evaluating CF, there is an interesting webinar on the lessons from GE-Software Allstate, Philips and Mercedes.

  • One interesting piece of trivia @CloudFoundry has been tweeting for 7 Years and now has over 70,000 followers.

  • The next CAB call is set for Wed the 13th at the usual time of 8:00 AM PST.


  • CloudFoundry-Mesos has brought a structured platform to DCOS users.

  • I love Cloud Foundry. I love Slack. I love this cfbot post on plugging together the Cloud Foundry event monitoring code with the Slack bot integration. Way to go James!

That's a wrap for this week. If you are interested in receiving notifications about new posts at This Week in Cloud Foundry, please sign up here. If you think we missed anything important, please ping @thisweekincf and we will add it next week. Thanks and enjoy.

This Week in CF 25th August 2015

Core Cloud Foundry

  • Phil Whelan was so nice again to share his notes from the Cloud Foundry Advisory Board meeting. In this meeting all the CF Engineering teams give an update about their work in the past month. Highlights for me include Amit's remarks about MEGA's work to split up the big Cloud Foundry release into smaller releases and Dimitry's notes about making the BOSH manifest generation easier.

  • The release of Cloud Foundry v215 brought a couple of interesting changes:

    • The operator can now configure how many log messages will be retained in the buffer - see here for details. If you face some problems with your application log output and you see the message "Log message output too high. We've dropped 100 messages", then this change might help you.
    • The rootfs saw some changes that allow Diego and DEA to use the same rootfs without any significant changes.
  • Atul Kshirsagar from GE's Predix team shares the current state of the TCP router for Cloud Foundry. In this post he provides good insight into why the TCP router is so important for GE and all companies involved with IoT in general.

  • Exciting news is coming from Altoros and IBM. Together they have been experimenting to get Cloud Foundry to run on IBM's Power8 Architecture. They managed to get a working Cloud Foundry installation up and running with support for the Ruby, NodeJS, and Go buildpack. It sounds like this effort will go on with the goal to merge necessary changes upstream to the Cloud Foundry repositories.

  • Trying to wrap your head around the interdependencies of the CF release jobs is a pretty difficult task. Ruben Koster from Stark & Wayne wrote a handy script to list dependencies in a nicely formatted table.

  • Microsoft released Cloud Foundry on Azure Preview 2. There is a very detailed and well written guide on how to set up CF on Azure.

Using and Operating Cloud Foundry

  • Guide Westenberg's article provides a nice introduction into using a configuration server on CF. He came up with a cool trick to write config from the config server into environment variables before the application starts.

  • Ed King from CloudCredo shares his thoughts on monitoring with Bosh. His ideas about setting up alerts for a Cloud Foundry installation should interest anyone who is a CF operator.

  • If you are just about to get started with using Cloud Foundry (or any cloud for that matter), I highly recommend Michael Cote's blog series about going Cloud Native. There is also the second post about all the things you should consider when you go cloud native with your application development.

  • On the CF mailing list, Takeshi Morikawa
    posted a link to a nifty tool called CF API checker. It will show you the current CF API versions of the major public CF offerings.

  • Jeff Sloyer, a developer advocate at IBM, wrote a nice guide about using the Meteor Buildpack to push Meteor apps. While this is specifically about Bluemix, it should work with any recent Cloud Foundry installation.


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