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Pivotal Cloud Foundry & the PaaS Revolution

In the era of big cloud computing, a nascent Internet of Things and the undisputed need for horizontal scalability and fault tolerance across multiple IaaS providers (AWS, Azure, Rackspace), simple IaaS+DevOps toolchains are no longer sufficient for the success of enterprise IT organizations. The ability to rapidly adapt, innovate, and overcome is what differentiates leading companies from their competitors.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry is a cloud agnostic PaaS that helps you make the transition to a cloud native enterprise with a complete platform for delivering software rapidly, consistently and reliably at scale. It’s completely Open Source and you can even build your own Cloud Foundry on any cloud you prefer.

“The momentum behind Cloud Foundry Foundation signals arrival of an application-defined infrastructure where data centers configured on the fly based on an application call. As a corporate sponsor of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, we will contribute code and resources to help the Foundation fulfill its mission. Our commitment will help customers slash the time and cost of application delivery by using Cloud Foundry-based ”software factories” and “data lakes.” —Renat Khasanshyn, CEO of Altoros

What do Verizon, Cisco, Warner Brothers, IBM, General Electric, CoreLogic, Allstate, Phillips, Huwai and CenturyLink all have in common? They’ve seen the coming Open Source PaaS revolution surrounding Pivotal Cloud Foundry and they’re leading the charge into the cloud. The companies using Pivotal Cloud Foundry are literally a who’s who of the Tech 100.

“Nobody has ever built cloud-native apps without a platform. They either build one themselves or they use Cloud Foundry.” —Joshua McKenty, Pivotal

As a competitive IT organization, you want your developers to be able to think in terms of applications, services, scalability and uptime, not in terms of corralling EC2 instances, gluing pieces of DevOps toolchains together and getting stuck in the endless bureaucracy of provisioning middleware, requesting storage and a configuring networks.

You want your organization composed of agile teams performing rapid innovation. You want to stop building IT infrastructure and start building your business. You want continuous delivery versus planned downtime. You want horizontal scalability, micro-service discovery and a platform that is built with the lessons learned from decades of software development as captured in The 12 Factor App.

James Watters, VP GM, Cloud Platform Group at Pivotal, describes a common scene among DevOps Engineers or Developers where you login to AWS and see hundreds of virtual machines without any clear connection between them in terms of the applications or services that they represent. In the same way that AWS made on-demand provisioning nearly ubiquitous, Cloud Foundry raises the bar by abstracting away the IaaS portion of the SDLC, changing the unit of currency to applications and services instead of raw instances or VMs.

In a Cloud Foundry’s PaaS, developers see applications, the domains and URLs that those applications are bound to and the scale they want to run them at. This approach empowers developer agility and allows disruptive development and deployment to take place. While we’ve made great gains with tools like Chef and AWS OpsWorks, they don’t solve all of our problems and often divert resources away from development and innovation.

“We’re moving away from this idea that ‘_when I deploy an app, I need to go provision a VM for that app._‘ We don’t need to do that. We don’t want to do that.” —Matt Stine, Pivotal

Any organization that is deploying to the cloud is already combining some form of the components that PCF supplies, but we know the outcome of ‘roll-your-own-glue-code’ when repeated ad infinitum. Cloud Foundry allows us to solve the big issues around cloud development once and for all, allowing us to return our focus to the important issues around innovation.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry combines the best ideas and implementations around microservices, complete VM lifecycle management with BOSH and monit, component isolation, scalability, true continuous delivery and integration in the DevOps model, pre-provisioned capacity (Warden) and applications deployed as containers. This is backed by industry leaders and billions of dollars of overall investments, all coalescing into a time-tested Open Source model of governance under the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Foundation.


  • Go cloud agnostic.
  • Build apps, not VMs.
  • Go IaaS independent.
  • Innovate at scale.
  • Build your business instead of your infrastructure.
  • Free your company with Open Source.
  • Go Pivotal Cloud Foundry and be ready for the future.

James Denman

VP of Technology

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