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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.
Also, the Spring team took a look at how Lattice and Spring can work together.
Extending Cloud Foundry (Buildpacks and Services)
- Big news from the CF Java Buildpack: With release of version 3, developers don't have to fork the buildpack for every small configuration change anymore. They can configure the buildpack through environment variables.
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.
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
- Jamie O'Meara created a detailed guide on how set up an AppDynamics service for application monitoring.
Cloud Foundry Foundation
A new member joined the Cloud Foundry foundation - Mirantis, the OpenStack Company. They chose a pretty funny title for their announcement: Mirantis Is Joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation to Never Build a Cloud Foundry Distribution
The Cloud Foundry Foundation board elected a new chairman: John Roese, CTO of EMC. John brings a lot of experience to this position. He was already leading EMC's involvement in OpenStack and also served on the board for the One Laptop Per Child 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.
Sam Ramji gave an interview about Understanding the Cloud Foundry Foundation. It is really worth listening to the interview, especially the answer to the question about the growing Cloud Foundry ecosystem (Bosh, CF, Lattice…) starting at 24:44. He also delivered a Keynote The Makings of a Modern Application Architecture at the recent O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference which explores how organizations can use Cloud Foundry to unlock continuous innovation.
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