Introducing Pivotal Cloud Foundry

You may be wondering why we’ve chosen to write an introductory blog on Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF). The platform, after all, has been around for a good while. The answer is simple: many of our largest customers have chosen to use Cloud Foundry, particularly PCF, as their strategic platform for multi-cloud deployment. With so many organizations already using AppDynamics to monitor their critical business applications running on Cloud Foundry, we thought it was high time we took a deeper look at the integration between AppDynamics and CF, and at some of the new initiatives we’re collaborating on. We’ll get into details in the next blogs in this series. But for now, if you’re new to Cloud Foundry, read on.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of cloud computing in the evolution of IT. Cloud platforms enable an organization to quickly deploy network apps and services that scale easily. Migration and build-out tasks that once took weeks, or even months, now take just a few minutes. And rather than focusing on the underlying infrastructure, PaaS frees you to focus on your applications and data.

Cloud Foundry (CF) is an open source, ready-to-use platform that allows your company to get up and running quickly in the cloud. Originally developed in-house at VMware, CF made its public debut in April 2011. A year later came BOSH—an open source tool for deploying Cloud Foundry PaaS—that unifies release engineering, deployment and life-cycle management of large-scale distributed services.

Why Cloud Foundry?

Enterprises today want the flexibility, ease of deployment, consistent management philosophy and framework of PaaS, but often need these capabilities in an on-premises environment. With Cloud Foundry, your organization can run applications on its own computing infrastructure, or deploy them on an infrastructure-as-a-service platform (IaaS) such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, vSphere or OpenStack. Alternatively, you could use a PaaS deployed by a commercial CF provider.

There are myriad reasons why companies need to run specific apps within their data centers. A recent IDG/Sapho study shows that the vast majority of enterprise respondents (78%) plan to upgrade their applications in 2018, an effort driven largely by an inability to move cloud-based apps for reasons of security, compliance, and other factors (e.g., apps that are too ingrained in daily processes). A large number of AppDynamics’ customers, for instance, have committed to PaaS, which often involves moving to an internal cloud.

Today, CF is available from either the Cloud Foundry Foundation as open source software, or from multiple commercial providers as a product or service. It’s a good choice for enterprises that want to reduce the cost and complexity of configuring infrastructure for their apps. Developers can use existing tools— with zero modification to their code—to deploy apps to CF.

Highly Opinionated

Cloud Foundry is a prime example of an opinionated platform, one designed to operate consistently across environments, with every feature working as intended “out of the box,” notes O’Reilly. For example, CF provides the same user experience when deployed over different IaaS layers, and the same developer experience regardless of application language.

Many multinational corporations, including Ford and Gap Inc., have used Cloud Foundry to launch cloud projects and modernize their internal software development processes, reports GeekWire. AppDynamics has numerous Fortune 500 customers in major verticals—including banking, financial services, telecom and technology—that have been using Cloud Foundry successfully for years.

Enter Pivotal

Pivotal, a tech company backed by notable investors such as EMC, General Electric and VMware, launched a commercial version of Cloud Foundry in 2013. In fact, several large AppDynamics customers were the driving force behind the Pivotal project. Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) provides extra functionality not included in the open software version, such as additional tools for installation and administration, enterprise services, support, documentation and certificates.

PCF is deployable on-premises and on many cloud providers, offering enterprises a hybrid and multi-cloud platform. It has many high-profile corporate users, including Allstate’s CompoZed Labs unit, which uses PCF to speed development of its new software services, and to build applications that run both on its internal servers and on third-party public cloud providers.

AppDynamics has long been an active supporter of the Cloud Foundry platform—both Pivotal and open source—and will continue to do so. Many of our largest customers have been successfully running large-scale CF deployments for years. In our next PCF blog, we’ll talk about challenges facing PCF users, and take a closer look at our expanding efforts in the Cloud Foundry ecosystem.

AppDynamics Joins the Cloud Foundry Foundation

I’m pleased to announce that AppDynamics is now a member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, the nonprofit organization committed to rapid and robust development of the open-source Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service. This organization is playing a critical role in ensuring that the Cloud Foundry ecosystem remains open and available to users, developers, and providers, and that it continues to grow and advance to serve the increasing number of enterprises migrating to the cloud. AppDynamics joins a stellar cast of technology leaders — including IBM, Pivotal, SAP, EMC, Verizon, Akamai and others — to help define and create the future of cloud PaaS.

AppDynamics role with Cloud Foundry is two-fold. First, as a member of the foundation, we’ll offer our unparalleled performance monitoring and cloud experience to help define the standards for the initiative, dedicating resources and contributing code in the true open-source spirit. Second, we’ll create application performance management solutions for our clients who are adopting the Cloud Foundry PaaS.

AppDynamics’ performance credentials for the cloud are impressive. Public, private, or hybrid, we help our customers to realize the full potential of their cloud deployments. Smooth migrations, unprecedented visibility of transactions throughout the cloud, efficient scaling for maximum cost effectiveness — these are just some of the cloud benefits AppDynamics delivers.

The Cloud Foundry open PaaS project, fueled by some of the biggest brands and brightest minds in the technology business, is adding a whole new level of utility and advancing a new dimension of cloud computing in an entirely non-proprietary fashion that is 100% true to the spirit of open source. AppDynamics is proud to be a part of this initiative.

AppDynamics Joins the Cloud Foundry Foundation

Today AppDynamics joins EMC, HP, IBM, Pivotal, Rackspace, SAP, and VMware in the Cloud Foundry Foundation to help create an open cloud ecosystem.

The Cloud Foundry Foundation is a non-profit community focused on fostering the growth of cloud-enabled business practices such as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). The Foundation is working towards an enterprise-adopted open PaaS, which can run from any cloud. As enterprise businesses continue to adopt agile processes, this open PaaS will continue to innovate and become an industry-standard architecture.

Pivotal CEO, Paul Maritz stated, “Support from exciting technology and industry users of Cloud Foundry will help ensure the growth and stability of the open PaaS movement, accelerating the development of an agile cloud architecture built for today’s enterprises,” said Maritz. “The broad ecosystem of partners, and the great user experience created through Cloud Foundry will engender new applications and services that will have a wide-reaching impact on people  and the world at large.”

AppDynamics is also joining the Cloud Foundry Summit happening this June to provide insights to a roundtable and lead the direction for an open PaaS and help innovate the IT model. Learn more about the summit here http://cfsummit.com.

“We are very honored to join the Cloud Foundry Foundation alongside the biggest brands and brightest minds in technology,” said Bhaskar Sunkara, chief technology officer at AppDynamics. “Defining the standards for Open Source Platform-as-a-Service will have wide ranging benefits for Enterprises adopting private and public cloud computing. AppDynamics is built from the ground up for cloud environments, and has seen tremendous growth this past year. Our customer feedback clearly points to cloud infrastructure supported by PaaS as a key IT operating model of the future.”

We look forward to furthering cloud enablement and defining the new IT model.  Get free monitoring for your cloud based apps with AppDynamics today.