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What Is Pivotal Cloud Foundry?

As enterprises everywhere turn to the cloud, from Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for streamlined development, to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for convenient cloud computing infrastructure, Cloud Foundry was created to further simplify development.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry is a multi-cloud, open-source service that allows development teams to run applications on various on-demand cloud computing platforms (IaaS or PaaS), including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Platform (GCP), Microsoft Azure, and more. Pivotal Software is owned by VMware.

Read on to see what Cloud Foundry can do for you.

What is Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) used for?

Cloud Foundry supports the full development lifecycle with a container-based architecture. Organizations and development teams turn to PCF for deploying applications or services with the flexibility to jump from one cloud service to another, and devs can easily shift workloads among cloud platforms with no application changes.

Many languages and frameworks are also supported, including PHP, Python, Java, Ruby, and more. And much like Linux, Cloud Foundry is available as open source or through services from commercial providers.

What are the benefits of Pivotal Cloud Foundry?

Aside from the freedom to use your cloud platforms of choice, PCF offers numerous benefits for enterprises. These include the following:

  • Faster development iteration
  • Improved efficiency with IT Operations management (ITOM)
  • Easy portability with applications
  •  Greater developer productivity
  • A high degree of availability
  • Health management for applications
  • Centralized platform administration
  • Seamless cloud platform usage
  • Dynamic routing
  • Increased time to production

What are some Cloud Foundry best practices?

As with other services, you’ll first want to ensure your application is cloud-ready. (This might seem obvious, but it’s important!)

After you’re sure you’re ready to go, continue following general cloud service best practices for pushing updates and deploying applications. What applies there will likely follow the same guidelines here.

Here are some tips more specific to Cloud Foundry that you may want to consider:

  • Before initiating, plan ahead for your org, spaces, apps, and security
  • Avoid writing to the local file system
  • Consider running multiple instances for increased availability
  • For deployment, start with an active-passive architecture for greater availability
  • Ensure you’ve set up three availability zones minimum
  • Optimize, optimize, and optimize!

With the freedom to host workloads on premise or on a range of cloud platforms, Pivotal Cloud Foundry helps simplify application development while empowering your team with the speed and flexibility you need to meet your continuous delivery goals.

You can also find numerous tutorials in the active Cloud Foundry community. Some include using PCF with Kubernetes, along with achieving certification for the Cloud Foundry Certified Developer Exam. As always, it pays to stay actively involved in online communities.

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