Enterprise PaaS needs have grown from streamlining app deployment to the ability to use the hosting infrastructure of their choice — which has put Cloud Foundry in the spotlight.
Cloud Foundry Deployment-Large enterprises continue to be attracted to Cloud Foundry as IT teams look simplify app deployments in cloud environments.
More users are building more Cloud Foundry deployments as organizations adopt multi-cloud strategies and seek to avoid vendor lock-in, according to the latest user survey. Cloud Foundry provides great flexibility in choosing which infrastructure to use — a feature that many competing PaaS offerings, such as Heroku, lack.
Even if you use a commercial version of Cloud Foundry, migrating to a different host infrastructure is not too difficult because the core tools and configurations remain the same.
Cloud Foundry options
Cloud Foundry is designed to streamline the process of building, testing, deploying and managing cloud-based applications. Similar to other platform services, it automates the processes required to load, start and manage cloud applications.
To begin, enterprises need to choose between an open source and commercial version of Cloud Foundry. With the first option, IT teams set up their own infrastructure — either on premises or on an IaaS platform — then deploy the open source version of Cloud Foundry. The second option would be to use a commercial PaaS platform based on Cloud Foundry, such as Pivotal Software Cloud Foundry and IBM Cloud Foundry.
The commercial versions of Cloud Foundry appeal to IT teams because they are fully hosted, which eliminates the need to set up, manage and pay separately for host infrastructure. They also provide professional support services.
Developers and IT teams must first deploy Cloud Foundry to their cloud. It can run on all of the major public clouds as well as private clouds such as OpenStack. The command-line tool — called cf — then pushes applications to their Cloud Foundry deployment.
From there, Cloud Foundry does most of the heavy lifting required to get the application up and running. It uses reference frameworks — called buildpacks — to determine how to compile and launch the application. It also automatically load balances the application by pooling the right amount of resources from the host cloud to meet demand for the application, even as demand fluctuates.