This Week in Cloud Foundry

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This Week in Cloud Foundry 19th January 2015

There's change coming! In the tech industry that's inevitable, but seriously, there's an exciting new season dawning for the Cloud Foundry ecosystem. That's as much as I can say right now but expect some exciting announcements over the next week or so. For now here is the round up from last week:

1) For those interested in getting regular notifications on new TWICF posts I've written a Spring Boot (CF hosted) signup app. It's working fine however it's a minimal viable release and I'll be extending it over the new few weeks plus documenting the source code. For now you can sign-up here if interested.

2) Leading on from a couple of weeks back, Matt Stine has published his entire MicroServices deck from a recent MeetUp. You can read more MicroService, Spring Boot and Netflix OSS goodness here. Whilst on SlideShare it's worth digging out Dekel Tankel's presentation on the Cloud Foundry story and Andrew Clay Shafer's story on Learn the Past Build the Future. Both articulate the progression and journey of the technologies and trends surrounding the CF journey. In terms of forward looking, ActiveState published a post on what customers want in 2015.

3) ActiveState as usual provided an excellent write up of the recent Cloud Foundry Advisory Board Meeting.

4) Dr Nic released version 0.1.0 of a handy little ops tool, the BOSH CLI Consul plugin, to make it easier to see services deployed across BOSH deployments. For those interested in writing their own plugins there's a great post from Alexander Lomov at Altoros on how to create custom BOSH CLI plugins. Dr Nic has also been doing some good things recently to make BOSH and CF easy to consume in different environments. Last week we talked about his terraform-aws-cf-install. I gave it a whirl over the past few days and found it works very well providing a great streamlined experience of getting CF up on AWS.

5) I'd also like to draw your attention to this blog on the Health Monitor. I went back and re-read this recently. It's a real gem of a post for understanding the value add of CF keeping your apps alive and how to trouble shoot if things go wrong.

6) As usual there was a CF after Dark with a good discussion on Spring XD. If you're going to build apps you are going to have data and SpringXD really helps in tapping and sinking your data sources when moving to a cloud environment.

7) Ever wanted to know what happens when you push an app? Pivotal's Simon Elisha provides a good high level introduction to the CF concepts.

8) I really appreciate working in an ecosystem that fosters positive collaboration and healthy innovation. It's great to see the BlueMix folk talking so nicely on how Pivotal builds CloufFoundry. It was also great for Cloud Foundry to see BlueMix taking a prime time advertisement slot on Championship Sunday.

That's all I've got time for this week but please do ping @duncwinn or @jtuchscherer, if you want to know more about Cloud Foundry or about contributing to Cloud Foundry.

This Week in Cloud Foundry 9th Jan 2015

I am always amazed by how much stuff related to Cloud Foundry happens in any given week. The challenge of writing this blog comes not from hunting down content, but from going through all the blogs, articles, videos and discussions to see which are most interesting. So, here is this week's list:

  1. There would be no Cloud Foundry as it is today without Linux containers. So, we closely follow what's happening around containers. Before Christmas, there was a big shake-up, when CoreOs announced the release of Rocket, a lightweight alternative to Docker focused on security. Now the dust has settled a little bit and Matt Asay has had a chance for an extensive Q&A with CoreOS founder Alex Polvi about the future of Rocket and its relationship to Docker (and to Cloud Foundry).

  2. Dr Nic (@drnic) is pretty busy as always. He currently is working on Traveling Bosh, a solution to all your Bosh CLI install woes - no more Nokogiri troubles, yeah. Additionally, he also is working on the Terrafrom AWS CF installer which should make it easy to get a Cloud Foundry installation up and running on AWS.

  3. Abby Kearns from Pivotal is starting off a series of blog posts about security features in Cloud Foundry with this posting on Application Security groups. If you are not familiar with Application Security groups, this is recommended reading.

  4. The Spring Sessions project announced its first major release. This is a very interesting project, that makes session management for Java applications in Cloud Foundry pretty easy. If you are pushing Spring apps to Cloud Foundry, I would highly encourage you to take a look at this project.

  5. Shannon Coen announced a new version of the Riak CS bosh release. Riak CS is an S3-compatible, highly-availabe object store. The Riak CS bosh release allows you to easily deploy Riak CS along Cloud Foundry and expose it to applications via a service broker. The new release includes improvements around Garbage Collection and Bosh compatibility.

  6. Like every week, there was the CloudFoundry After Dark hangout hosted by Andrew Clay Shafer (@littleidea). This time the topic was Internet of Things featuring special Guest Raghvender Arni (@r_arni). Watch this episode to learn not only how Cloud Foundry is being used by the top industrial companies for IoT, but also a lot of other interesting things. For example, they discuss how much sensor data is gathered during every take-off or landing of a jet plane (hint: it's a lot).

  7. Django is one of the most popular web-frameworks for Python development. Our friends from the German Cloud Foundry provider AnyNines wrote up an excellent tutorial on how to get started with Django on Cloud Foundry.

  8. Finally, in this Twitter conversation James Bayer takes us down the memory lane to the beginning of CloudFoundry where the DEA didn't run apps in separated containers, but simply used Linux user and groups permission to keep the apps secure. It is pretty cool to see how things have evolved since then.

That's all for this week but please do ping either @duncwinn or @jtuchscherer, if you want to know more about Cloud Foundry or about contributing to Cloud Foundry.

This Week in Cloud Foundry 2nd Jan 2015

Happy new year all. It's the first working day of 2015 for many, so it's a good time to kick off the new year with the latest Cloud Foundry news.

  1. Some of the biggest news to kick the year off is the Epic video of .NET beta support. Go NYC!!!

  2. Pivotal's Dekel tweeted this older but still very interesting video from Onsi on Building Clouds, and there was a year end CF after dark.

  3. There have also been some Panel Discussions on the CF community.

  4. The folks at ActiveState have been busy. Towards the end of last year ActiveState launched Stackato 3.4.2. Congrats!

  5. Metrics gathering is becomingly increasingly important as the platform matures. In this post Alexander Lomov talks about a Web service that allows you to gather metrics from the Cloud Foundry components.

  6. Containers and MicroServices are staple ingredients of any PaaS discussion. I'm a huge fan of John Wetherill's series on MicroServices. A couple of quotes that have stuck with me provide a great description of why MicroServices and PaaS go hand in hand… "Rapid software delivery is the most important factor for success… Microservices drastically improve the time required to push out a new update, allowing a much more agile development process." + "Self Service is one of the major capabilities offered by the cloud and there's every reason to take advantage of this."

  7. Talking of MicroServices, Pivotal's Matt Stine is forever championing their benefits. He's built some nifty slideware too! This is just a taster of his wealth of collateral. I'll see if I can get him to release more of it soon ;-).

  8. For those wanting to deploy static content such as a demo site or pure front end web app to CF the staticfile-buildpack has been around for some time. But I just came across this little gem from Gogo to aid generating static content via hugo.

  9. For those wanting to deploy Rails apps (including scheduled tasks, rake and interactive consoles), Pivotal's Taavo Smith has written a Down and Dirty guide to getting it done.

That's all I've got time for this week but please do ping either myself via @duncwinn or jtuchschere@pivotal.io, if you want to know more about Cloud Foundry or about contributing to Cloud Foundry.