Cloud Foundry Advances Platform Capabilities to Include Native Support for Docker and .NET

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Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry standard Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), today is announcing three of its largest incubating initiatives have been promoted to active projects, including the Foundation's next generation runtime project, Diego. As a result, the platform now includes native support for Docker container images and .NET applications.

"The advances we're making across the Cloud Foundry ecosystem are inspiring," said Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji, "The world's leading companies in every market are building their businesses on Cloud Foundry. More importantly, they're joining the cause and signing up as members to take a hands-on role in building out critical capabilities for their shared future."

Project Promotions
The Foundation's Runtime PMC has promoted the Diego, Garden and Greenhouse projects from incubating status to active status. Diego is a cutting-edge version of the Cloud Foundry runtime layer, providing a more flexible architecture. Garden is Cloud Foundry's container orchestration layer. Greenhouse enables support for .NET within the platform. Together, these projects significantly enhance the capabilities of Cloud Foundry by including native support for Docker containers and .NET applications.

Swisscom Launches New PaaS Offering Based on Cloud Foundry Powered by ClusterHQ's Container Data Management Software

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ClusterHQ, The Container Data People, today announced the integration of its container data management software, Flocker, into Swisscom's new PaaS offering -- Swisscom Application Cloud. Swisscom, Switzerland's leading information and telecommunications technology company chose ClusterHQ for managing its customers' critical databases because only Flocker specifically addresses the problems associated with running a containerized persistent service in production. The Swisscom Application Cloud, a public PaaS based on Cloud Foundry, is leveraging Docker and Flocker, which allows customers to easily provision and manage containerized services, including their databases, in production from a single, secure platform.

"Persistent data management was the key feature that we needed to build a leading edge Platform-as-a-Service with Cloud Foundry on top. With Flocker, we found a way to effectively manage and migrate Docker containers and their associated data between servers as real-world operations demand," said Marco Hochstrasser, Head of Swisscom Application Cloud. "Thanks to Flocker, Swisscom has successfully implemented container-based services to achieve new growth opportunities. The integration of Flocker into our new Cloud Foundry PaaS offering has finally made persistent and containerized services on a production level achievable."

IaaS and PaaS cloud computing: Benefits, myths and common mistakes

Grazed from IT ProPortal.  Author: Mihail Karpuk.

The “cloud” has been a hot term for a while. Regardless of the fact that the concept has been around for about 10 years, its superstar status produces many delusions and misconceptions.  There are still misunderstandings even about what cloud is. Technologies that have nothing to do with the cloud are given the buzzword name, and cloud hosting is marketed as a solution to every problem a business owner might have.

Therefore, before we talk about advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing, it is important to understand what the term “cloud service” really means. The main characteristics of the cloud are:

  • On-demand
  • Self-service
  • Scalable and measurable...

Cloud Computing: Many ways to define PaaS

Grazed from Diginomica. Author: Phil Wainewright.

What is the exact meaning of the term ‘platform as a service’? Often shortened to PaaS, the simple definition is that it is a cloud resource on which you can build and run your own application. But like many definitions in the field of cloud computing, this simple explanation is open to many different and potentially misleading interpretations.

PaaS sits between the two other ‘aaSes’ of the cloud computing stack, offering more functionality than bare infrastructure as a service (IaaS), while falling short of the finished, ready-to-run applications provided by software as a service (SaaS). This broad spectrum contains so many different permutations that one vendor’s PaaS can be very different than another’s...

Cloud IBN and the Next Generation Cloud Based Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Grazed from WhaTech.  Author: Divya Bourse.

Cloud IBN, a leading provider of open source solutions, speaks about the next generation cloud based platform as a service. Budget, no. of employees or size of your service can not limit your enterprise growth when you are using a broadly deployed Platform as a Service (PaaS). Developers can build new services or applications in the cloud, which can run on any platform, and also can be made available to the end users through internet.

PaaS also provides some additional tools for hosting, testing, maintaining and collaborating applications. These key driving factors of PaaS market accelerates the application development process and offers scalability, easy deployment, agility, limited need for expertise, reduced cost and less development time...

Cloud Costs vs. Cloud Value: A Complicated Picture

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

The declarations came fast and furious this week following news of price increases for some key cloud services: The race to the bottom is finished, the era of cheap cloud computing is over.  But a closer look at what is really happening produces a more muddled picture, which unfortunately will make it even more difficult for the enterprise to chart the correct course through the clouds.
The biggest price reduction in recent weeks came from Microsoft, which has announced hikes of as much as 26 percent for such popular products as Azure, Office 365, CRM Online and the Enterprise Mobility Suite. The new rates are set to take effect August 1 and will affect customers in Europe, Canada and Australia, but only those who sign or renew their contracts – existing annual volume licensing agreements will not be affected until, of course, it’s time for renewal. The chief justification for the increases is the fluctuating currency rates...

Cloud Computing: Engine Yard Unfurls Deis PaaS for Docker on AWS

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Mike Vizard.

The simplest way to bring Docker containers into an IT environment is to deploy them on a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment that provides a much needed layer of manageability. On Tuesday, Engine Yard, which last April acquired Deis, the most widely used PaaS for building and deploying applications based on Docker containers, announced that it is making an instance of that PaaS environment available on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Now generally available in a commercial edition supported by Engine Yard, Gabe Monroy, creator of Deis and CTO of Engine Yard, said Deis is the only PaaS environment that is built completely using Docker containers...

Forget about IaaS, PaaS and SaaS - it's all about the platform

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

The cloud computing market is typically broken into three buckets: IaaS, SaaS and PaaS. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) represents on-demand compute and storage; Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors host applications in the cloud; and Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud-based application development platform.

But a recent Forrester’s Wave report throws those buckets out the window. “The popular wisdom that cloud computing comes in three flavors — SaaS, IaaS and PaaS — no longer describes reality,” say some of Forrester’s top cloud analysts, including John Rymer and James Staten (Staten now works at Microsoft)...

Piston and ActiveState Partner to Offer OpenStack and Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service

Grazed from AppDeveloperMagazine. Author: Richard Harris.

Piston Cloud Computing and ActiveState Software are partnering together to use Piston with ActiveState’s Stackato Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities to offer an OpenStack and Cloud Foundry PaaS based private cloud environment. Piston provides a turn-key infrastructure management and automation layer while Stackato provides a platform to manage, develop and deploy software.

With the combination of Piston and Stackato, customers can deploy a production-ready IaaS plus PaaS stack in a single day. Stackato is based on the Cloud Foundry and Docker open source projects. It provides development teams with built-in languages, frameworks and services on one single cloud application platform...

Trends in Cloud Computing: The Rise of SaaS and PaaS

Grazed from Oracle.  Author: Debra Lilley.

Cloud has proven to be the adoption platform of choice for Oracle Applications customers. Companies can still implement them on-premises, but CIOs really need to think hard as to why they wouldn’t choose cloud, as the benefits are so compelling.    Here are some trends I’m seeing in relation to Oracle Cloud Applications:

Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud has been really popular, and that will continue. The simplified user interface of Oracle HCM Cloud means that users get to their information easily. Managers can take the formality out of managing talent—for instance, using a tablet to record appraisal comments whilst sitting next to an employee during a performance review rather than going back to their PC to enter them afterwards or even worse sitting behind a PC during the review...