Pivotal CF 1.2 Now Available Including Support for VMware Hybrid Cloud Service

May 27, 2014 James Bayer

Pivotal CF is continuing to deliver on the mission of a cloud-portable agile platform for applications and services. Pivotal CF minor releases are increasing in frequency due to Pivotal applying the same agile methodology that the platform enables customers to use to decrease time-to-market. There was a three month gap between Pivotal CF 1.0 and 1.1 and for Pivotal CF 1.2 the gap between releases has shrunk to under two months. Despite the smaller release cycle, there are many new capabilities which are being delivered more quickly to customers.

What’s New in Pivotal CF 1.2

  • New VMware Platforms – VMware Hybrid Cloud Service and VMware vCloud Director 5.1.2+ are now supported platforms.

  • Pivotal HD Service for Pivotal CF – Dedicated Hadoop clusters with Pivotal HD and HAWQ are on-demand with instant access for development.

  • New Data Services – Redis, MongoDB, Neo4J, RiakCS and Elasticsearch can be deployed by Pivotal CF 1.2 as managed services for development use cases. These downloads should be on Pivotal Network soon and you may contact us for early access.

  • App Autoscaling Service (Beta) – The App Autoscaling service supports simple configuration of autoscaling policy for any application hosted in Pivotal CF.

  • Pivotal Insight for Pivotal CF (Beta) – Java applications using this APM service get performance metrics and traces simply by binding the service to their application.

  • Multiple vSphere Datastores – This release adds the ability to use multiple vSphere datastores increasing the overall disk capacity available to each Pivotal CF installation.

  • Large App Support – Configurable max application size on disk with validated support for 1GB apps.

  • Application Event Log With User Auditing – The CLI now shows the username associated for application event.

  • Monitoring Pivotal CF System Components with JMX – Pivotal Ops Metrics for VM and Pivotal CF system metrics via JMX is now Generally Available and out of Beta.

  • Developer Console Org Dashboard – The new page provides zoomed-out visibility for an Organization’s applications, services and quota consumption.

  • SSO to Service Dashboards – Elastic Runtime now supports a common SSO model for Service Dashboards. The MySQL Service has used this feature to provide a basic web dashboard for managing MySQL instances and integrated it with the Developer Console.

  • Simple Quota Management – Admins can now easily manage quotas in the CLI

  • New Language Support – A Go Buildpack is now available for supporting go applications and python and php buildpacks will be available on Pivotal Network to add to Pivotal CF 1.2 installations. Cloud Foundry has transitioned several components to go recently with great results.

  • Java buildpack Updates

    • offline by default

    • Redis based HTTP session replication support

    • Spring Boot 1.0 support

    • Java 8 support

    • OpenJDK and Tomcat updates

    • added support for using Oracle JRE

    • see the 2.1.0 through 2.1.2 release notes for more detail

  • WebLogic Buildpack – Stateless WebLogic Server applications can now be deployed on Pivotal CF. See the detailed blog announcement and video.

  • Ruby and Node Buildpack Updates – Buildpacks for Ruby and Node include updated runtimes and improved offline support.

VMware Hybrid Cloud Service and vCloud Director Support

VMware Hybrid Cloud Service (vCHS) and vCloud Director (vCD) are now supported platforms for Pivotal CF, the leading commercial distribution for Cloud Foundry. Multi-cloud portability is a key design tenant that differentiates Cloud Foundry. The platform directly interfaces with the IaaS layer to provide a high degree of automation and 4 layers of high availability not possible with traditional middleware. Pivotal CF on vCHS provides a platform that works the same way in VMware’s public cloud offering as it does for on-premises deployments on vSphere. When using vCHS, the IaaS is provided as-a-Service in VMware operated data centers making it ideal for additional compute and disaster recovery scenarios.

Proven on Pivotal Web Services

Throughout the development cycle, we continuously deliver Pivotal CF Elastic Runtime to Pivotal’s hosted offering Pivotal Web Services (PWS) which uses Amazon Web Services. PWS hardens Elastic Runtime with thousands of real-world applications before it is shipped to enterprise customers and is another proof point of cloud portability.


Ops Manager for vCHS and vCD

Ops Manager for vCHS and vCD

Org Dashboard for Dev Console

Org Dashboard for Dev Console

App Autoscaling for Pivotal CF

App Autoscaling for Pivotal CF

Insight APM for Pivotal CF

Insight APM for Pivotal CF

MySQL for Pivotal CF Dashboard

MySQL for Pivotal CF Dashboard

App Events Audit Log

App Events Audit Log


We are working on Pivotal CF 1.3 with many new features, services and capabilities. Future releases will improve networking and placement options, deeper VMware integrations, and more enterprise features. Download an evaluation on Pivotal Network and send us your feedback.

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