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How are Big Companies using Cloud Foundry?

Cloud Foundry

An open-source cloud computing platform that was developed at VMware is known as Cloud Foundry. Now, it is under the hands of Pivotal Software. It can deliver DevOps workflows, fast application deployment, highly scalable, compute efficiencies. It can also reduce the overhead burden on the organisations’ team. The architectural structure of Cloud Foundry includes interoperability (high-level) and components. It can also integrate with development tools, Application Execution, Application deployment and lifecycle management.

Cloud Foundry

Advantages of Cloud Foundry

  • The following are the advantages of Cloud Foundry:
  • Application auto-scaling
  • Centralized logging
  • Application health management
  • Role-based access for deployed applications
  • Infrastructure security
  • Application portability
  • Centralized platform administration
  • Dynamic routing
  • Provision for horizontal and vertical scaling
  • Support for various IaaS providers

Getting Started with Cloud Foundry

Before going to start the cloud foundry, first, we have to deploy the real application. An infrastructure layer is needed to set up the required environment. Cloud Foundry supports VMware, AWS and Open Stack. It is not the right choice of setting cloud foundry in the top of VMware. That’s why we use Pivotal Web Services(PWS). By using this PWS, we can make Cloud Foundry as the web service.

After creating the account, we have to create a command interface tool, and then we have to deploy the applications. Here, the static files are used, i.e., need one folder and also need a few HTML files. While doing this process, make sure that the index.html file should be included. In general, while deploying the static files requires some web servers like Nginx or Apache. We don’t have to worry about that issue because that platform can take charge of any internet-facing configuration. Now, we have to push the application’s files into the environment of Cloud Foundry. Then everything will take charge of.

Now, we have to copy them with the files to the machine in which CLI installed. Then log in to to the endpoint of API.

cf login -a https://api.run.pivotal.io

Now, we have to provide some information such as,

  • Username
  • Password
  • Organization name
  • Space

After logging in, we should able to run the commands of Cloud Foundry.

Ex:

cf.help 

This is used to help the commands available.

Now, go to the Static file using…

touch Staticfile

Then we have to push the application using…

cf push <<application file name>>

Now, we have to verify that the application using the URL generated from the outputs.

Cloud Foundry always used containers

We need to know how Cloud Foundry relates to Kubernetes and Docker. Cloud Foundry also uses containers like other PaaS environments, and it is very accurate from the starting stage. It even can predate the platforms of current container orchestrations. We have to know why the containers centralized to the Cloud Foundry. The containers are nothing but the isolations in Linux/UNIX systems. We can run all the applications by using the features of the Kernel.

The layer of the container in Cloud Foundry was upgraded to confirm and contribute to the standards of emerging industries. It is possible by adopting CNCF-led runC. What all that was adding by the Cloud Foundry that is unique, and it is the containers management.

Change the World with Cloud Foundry

Nowadays, Cloud Foundry is playing an essential role in changing the companies, industries, cities and even countries as well. Cloud Foundry brings digital innovations into a passion. The ideas are very related to changing the world into digital era rapidly. It can also be available as the open-source repository, and it also is known as a bit of unknown entity. Cloud Foundry made an early bet when compared to others. Various Cloud Foundry companies built their orchestration system.

Features of Cloud Foundry

The following are the features of Cloud Foundry:

  • Health management
  • Middleware and OS management
  • Services
  • User management
  • Logging and metrics
  • Scaling for high availability

Supported Technologies for Cloud Foundry

Many technologies support Cloud Foundry. On those technologies, the following technologies play important roles:

  • Stacks
  • Buildpacks – Runtimes and Frameworks
  • System Buildpacks
  • Docker
  • Services
  • Collaboration
  • Cloud Foundry Providers
  • Certified Providers

Conclusion

With constant innovation, platforms can evolve continuously. Like the other platforms, the Cloud Foundry can also main the leadership in this vast space. It is also essential to maintain innovations with orchestrating challenges such as Kubernetes, Swarm and Docker. The Cloud Foundry platform plays a crucial role in changing the outside world too. In so many ways the orchestrating container is not in the game of zero-sum. Finally, this article is beneficial for big companies in getting to digital innovations.


Anji Velagana, a graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Jawaharlal Technological University, Kakinada. He is currently is working as a Digital Marketing Analyst and Content Contributor for Mindmajix. Contact him via LinkedIn and Twitter.

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