This Month in PaaS: Top Headlines for Platform as a Service

October 31, 2014 Adam Bloom

This Month in PaaSOctober was a sprint in the Platform as a Service space—there was no sign of slowing down.

Not only has the next wave of companies proved the benefits of PaaS and the devops movement, there is a tremendous amount of Pivotal CF and Cloud Foundry technology news for containers like Docker, mobile back end services, microservices, Eclipse integration, and Jenkins CI as a service. In addition, this was the month that OpenStack’s co-founder joined Pivotal as Field CTO, Spring released Spring Cloud (with Cloud Foundry bits), and, in case you missed it, Pivotal CF 1.3 became generally available.

Here is Pivotal’s inaugural round-up of This Month in PaaS—16 stories to keep us all up to speed.

This Month in Platform as a Service

The Economics of IaaS causes Application Demand and PaaS to Skyrocket

Efficiency and cost reduction on the part of IaaS is leading to an increase in application creation and consumption—this will drive PaaS adoption. The argument, made by CIO Magazine Advisor and ActiveState VP, Bernard Golden, summarizes what many others in the industry believe is happening.

Spring Cloud 1.0.0.M1 Available

Spring Cloud provides common patterns for distributed systems, covering configuration, service discovery, circuit breakers, intelligent routing, micro-proxy, control bus, one-time tokens, and much more. This release helps Java developers become quickly productive on Cloud Foundry.

Ubuntu Release supports Cloud Foundry, OpenStack, and Docker

Upon joining the Cloud Foundry Advisory Board, Canonical sent a signal to the market. In its latest release, Ubuntu 14.10, capabilities support Metal as a Service (MaaS). This means any cluster of physical machines can be transformed into a scalable platform for Cloud Foundry, OpenStack, or Apache Hadoop®.

Cloud Foundry’s Evolution, Docker, and More: An Interview with Pivotal’s James Watters

CenturyLink Labs’ Lucas Carlson, sat down to interview Pivotal’s James Watters. In the conversation, they cover the long range and recent history of Cloud Foundry, microservices, Deigo, containers, Docker, ecosystem maturity, and more. Watters points out the fact that ISVs are saying they need to support it.

Microservices and PaaS—Part IV

Recently, members of the Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board began a series on this topic, and began with the premise that a single war file and monolithic application is no way to deliver modern cloud services. This article explains how PaaS features simplify and support microservices development.

Are Docker Containers Essential to PaaS?

In this post from Information Week, pundit Charles Babcock, summarizes a panel he moderated on the topic at INTEROP. The PaaS panel covered Linux containers, and the four panelists gave their thoughts on the importance of Docker. Interestingly, they all backed the importance of these containers.

Shadow IT Risk and Reward

While shadow IT, as a concept, has been around a while. It is still one of the more important, strategic considerations for rolling your own PaaS. This article is one of the more thorough reviews of the behaviors driving the trend, and it captures relevant statistics as well as pitfalls and approaches.

GE’s Big Agile Bet

GE has moved from 2 day to 20 minute builds. In this post from, the author highlights a presentation from DevOps Enterprise Summit where GE’s Alan Schachtely presented. He explains how GE has shifted the culture of 15,000 software engineers to a devops mindset with lean, agile principles.

The New Mobile-Cloud Enterprise

This article, published by TechCrunch, covers some of the recent acquisitions and product launches in the mobile backend as a service space, including the launch of Pivotal CF Mobile Services. As PaaS reaches to be “Linux of the Cloud,” enterprises need more mobile apps.

This Month in Pivotal Cloud Foundry

Now Available: Cloud Foundry Foundation Bylaws, Governance, Membership

Together, Cloud Foundry Foundation members IBM, HP, EMC, SAP, Centurylink, VMware, Intel, ActiveState, Canonical, Docker and others have moved past the momentum stage and produced a Code of Conduct, Bylaws, Governance Policy, Membership Agreement, Intellectual Property Policy, and more.

General Availability of Pivotal CF 1.3

Just as October was arriving, we announced the general availability of Pivotal CF 1.3. In under a year, the engineering team has made four releases. In this release, enhancements included multiple availability zones, multiple networks, security groups, on-demand access to enterprise Apache Hadoop®, and more.

Cloud Foundry’s Container Technology: A Garden Overview

Pivotal Engineer, Glyn Normington, develops container technology for Cloud Foundry. In this post, he explains the Cloud Foundry container technology. The Garden architecture has a platform agnostic front end and a platform-specific backend based on Linux. Glyn covers namespaces, networking, and more.

Co-Founder of Piston Cloud, OpenStack Joins Pivotal to Focus on Cloud Foundry

This month, Pivotal announced a new Field CTO for Cloud Foundry. Joshua McKenty explains how OpenStack rose to dominate the market and outlines a vision for where Cloud Foundry is heading. After giving a brief history of his own journey to the cloud, McKenty also explains why he is excited.

How shrebo, the Sharing Economy Platform, Innovates with Cloud Foundry

In this post, we had the opportunity to do interview the CTO of shrebo, a company who has built SaaS APIs on the Cloud Foundry platform with Python/Django. The CTO, a 20 year veteran who has worked at IBM, SAS, and Credit Suisse, explains his needs, architecture, development benefits, and much more.

How to Continuously Deploy Code with Jenkins and Pivotal CF

After launching a partnership with Cloudbees in September, this blog post explains how the Jenkins Enterprise service is deployed via Pivotal CF Ops Manager. The process is very simple and streamlined—setting up master and slave, registration of trial license, and integration.

Service Management Through Cloud Foundry Eclipse

In this post, Pivotal Engineer, Nieraj Singh, explains the Cloud Foundry Eclipse plug-in, a joint collaboration between Pivotal and IBM. He explains how to install the plug-in, create a server instance with Pivotal Web Services, create service instances, and bind them to applications.

All Things Pivotal Podcast—Now Available

When Pivotal’s Simon Elisha started the AWS Podcast back in 2011, it became a regular part of the listening “diet” of thousands of people in over 100 countries to understand the radical changes in how IT was being consumed & delivered. Now, Simon’s dialogue is available again under the All Things Pivotal Podcast.

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