On Wednesday, the Cloud Foundry Foundation announced news of a certification program that aims to ensure inter-operability and portability within the multi-vendor environment that leverages the open source Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service (PaaS). IBM Bluemix, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, CenturyLink AppFog and SAP HANA Cloud Platform represent some of the vendors that received the first seal of approval and certification from the newly launched program. The certification program constitutes a huge leap forward toward ensuring the portability of applications across vendors that offer PaaS platforms based on Cloud Foundry. By reducing vendor lock-in amongst users of the Cloud Foundry platform, the certification program signals the emergence of standards and recognized units of measure within the cloud computing space. The program promises to usher in a new era of certification and standards for inter-operability across cloud environments and thereby pave the way for greater collaboration between vendors and enhanced operational agility for cloud computing customers.
Pivotal today announced a new release of Pivotal Cloud Foundry marked by integrated micro-services with Spring Cloud Services, support for .NET applications, Beta support for Docker images and deeper integrations with application lifecycle management vendors. Pivotal Cloud Foundry’s integration of Spring Cloud Services empowers developers to build microservices architectures into their cloud applications by leveraging the platform for microservice-based distributed systems that Netflix open sourced after extensive production-grade usage. Pivotal Cloud Foundry brings opinionated provisioning and lifecycle management to Spring Cloud Services, thereby enabling customers to maximally derive business value from the implementation of a microservice-based infrastructure. The new release of Pivotal Cloud Foundry also features native support for .NET applications, thereby allowing organizations to create cloud-based infrastructures featuring both Linux and Windows machines. This release also allows developers to deploy Docker images to the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform as well as to take advantage of partnerships with application lifecycle management vendors such as GitLab, CloudBees and JFrog. Moreover, Pivotal Cloud Foundry now supports Microsoft Azure in early access mode, thereby expanding its roster of available partnerships with the cloud infrastructures of Amazon Web Services, VMware vSphere, VMware vCloud Air and OpenStack. Today’s release of Pivotal Cloud Foundry reinforces Cloud Foundry’s undisputed leadership position in the Platform as a Service space and continues the embellishment of its impressive array of PaaS functionalities. Given the contemporary proliferation of distributed applications and architectures, Pivotal Cloud Foundry’s integration with Spring Cloud Services represents a highly significant enhancement that empowers customers to build self-healing, distributed systems. Expect Pivotal Cloud Foundry to deepen its dominance within the PaaS landscape as the platform continues to differentiate itself from the pack by means of progressively sophisticated and powerful capabilities that its platform delivers both to its customers and the cloud computing landscape at large.
Cost, Community and Innovation Among Key Reasons for Organizations to Engage with Open Source Technologies
Submitted by samanthas on Wed, 2015-07-22 11:00
- Greater transparency: Source code and design deliberations are available for review, in contrast to the secretive processes of proprietary vendors. Assessment of the product and engagement with its community is available in order to determine if using the product is a good decision.
- Greater innovation: Using a product with a potentially much larger developer base enables access to greater innovation. In addition, by allowing anyone to contribute code, an open source product can incorporate unusual use cases, which might be otherwise ignored.
- Greater ability to affect product direction: With open source, direct interaction with developers is possible to present use cases, meaning code could be contributed that implements a desired functionality.
- Lower cost: Because open source is distributed under an expansive license, it is typically much more affordable than proprietary-licensed software, enabling organizations to focus their investment in areas more directly tied to business value.
- Better match for today’s enterprise IT requirements: Third Platform applications are more highly scaled and subject to much greater load variability. Open source licensing is more conducive to this highly changeable application environment as compared to proprietary software, which typically requires a high licensing fee for each server.
Apprenda has raised $24M in new funding in a capital raise led by Safeguard Scientifics with additional participation from New Enterprise Associates and Ignition Partners. Apprenda delivers a .NET and Java PaaS that distinguishes itself from other PaaS platforms by way of greater traction amongst enterprise customers that include the likes of JPMorgan, AmerisourceBergen and McKesson. The funding raise builds upon recent partnerships forged by Apprenda with Microsoft Azure, Piston Cloud Computing (recently acquired by Cisco) and the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace. The capital raise brings the total funding raised by Apprenda to $56M and is intended to enhance Apprenda’s product development and sales operations capabilities. The $24M Series D round also begs the question of whether the company is gearing up for an acquisition, particularly given its branding as an enterprise-grade PaaS that already boasts deep integrations with some of the leading IaaS platforms in the industry.
.NET and Java enterprise PaaS company Apprenda recently announced that it will be available in the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace. Slated for launch in the fall of 2015, the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace aggregates applications that run on Cisco’s Intercloud platform for building hybrid clouds. As part of the collaboration between Apprenda and Cisco, Apprenda will support Cisco SDKs and APIs. The partnership between Apprenda and Cisco underscores the co-implication between Platform as a Service vendors qua Apprenda and hybrid infrastructures such as Cisco’s intercloud, a “cloud of clouds” that facilitates the creation of hybrid, OpenStack-based clouds by delivering infrastructure and application development functionality. Apprenda’s forthcoming availability within the Cisco Intercloud Marketplace builds upon recent partnerships with Piston Cloud (recently acquired by Cisco) and Microsoft Azure in a clear sign that, with the exception of Pivotal Cloud Foundry, the days of a standalone PaaS platform may well be numbered as the industry churns out partnerships between application, database and infrastructure technologies such as the Basho Data Platform and Piston Cloud OS 4.0. The bottom line here is that PaaS is increasingly morphing into an appendage to IaaS-focused platforms albeit, a critical one by way of its ability to deliver a ready to use database and application stack that can be immediately consumed by developers.