BOSH Release for the Ceph Object Storage Broker Now Available

After announcing the broker sometime ago, we immediately started working to create a BOSH release for the broker and provide users with maximum freedom in how they want to deploy the broker and where they want to use it.

We wanted to ensure that the broker remains very simple to deploy, while simultaneously remaining easily configurable. In addition, since we are deploying on BOSH we wanted to handle as many dependencies as possible.

To accomplish these goals, we moved all service and plan configuration inside the broker’s deployment manifest, which we made sure to keep as simple as possible. Along with this, we also compile the source code on BOSH when deploying so that the user isn’t required to have Go installed if he wants to use the latest source code.

A simple deployment script is also provided so that time from repository clone to production is reduced to a minimum. This new repository along with complete documentation is now publicly available here, so feel free to use it and provide us with any feedback you might have.

Sharing Our BOSH Utilities with the Community

At the ICCLab we make extensive use of BOSH when working on our PaaS systems. We use it to deploy Cloud Foundry, different kinds of services and our own applications and tools on our internal OpenStack cloud.

While working with BOSH and the Cloud Foundry ecosystem in general, we create all kinds of different tools and small scripts to help make our lives easier, improve our workflows and speed up work.

From time to time, some of these small programs become an essential part of the work we do and improve our workflows in such a way that we think the wider Cloud Foundry community will also find them useful.

As such, we have created the bosh-utils GitHub repository to host all these utility programs that are small enough to not necessarily need their own repositories. So make sure to watch the repository for any new utilities we add and any new updates released.

The currently available utilities are:

  • Get-CredHub-Var
  • Get-Var

“Get-CredHub-Var” is a command line program that lets you very easily search and retrieve any secret stored on CredHub, with search results sorted and categorized by the BOSH deployment the secret is in. You can also make a timestamped backup by using the “backup” argument.

The “Get-Var” utility is similar to the “Get-CredHub-Var” except that instead of acting on CredHub, it searches for and retrieves secrets from local variable files that you specify.

More information and usage details for each is available on the repository. Also please feel free to give us your feedback, open issues or make pull requests. We are very happy to have community engagement and contribution.

push2cloud – Deploy complex microservice applications in style

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In Cloud Foundry a simple ‘cf push’ can be used to deploy your application and bind it to the required services. This works incredibly well for small applications. But as the trend in Cloud Native Applications is going towards microservice architectures, which easily can grow to a large number of decoupled components, it is hard to keep the overview of all the applications and dependencies. It also can get cumbersome and expensive to maintain the deployment scripts and configuration of the applications and very often deployments will get slow and unreliable.

When dorma+kaba was developing exivo, their new trusted, on-demand access control solution for small enterprises, they where exactly facing these challenges, because they had to run and maintain more than 70 apps and 60 services  on the Swisscom Application Cloud. Continue reading

Announcing CF WebUI – an open source web interface to Cloud Foundry

We proudly announce the release of CF WebUI!

CF WebUI is a modern single-page web front-end for Cloud Foundry based on AngularJS and Bootstrap. It is developed at the ICCLab as an open source alternative to commercial and proprietary web-consoles for Cloud Foundry.

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Cloud Foundry Summit 2015

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The Cloud Foundry Summit 2015 (third Cloud Foundry conference in total) took place this year on May 11th and 12th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Attending already the second time it was great to see how the community and ecosystem is growing and the products are maturing.

With more than 1500 attendees,  the event was about 50% larger than last year. But more interestingly the ratio of vendors to customers changed from about 80%/20% to approximately 60%/40%, which shows the raising momentum of Cloud Foundry and PaaS in general.

The two days where packed with very interesting presentations in the key-notes and break-out sessions. It was a nice mix of vendor presentations, customer / user experience reports and technical talks on development, operations and internals of Cloud Foundry. Beside the talks there was plenty of other activities like Open House or Birds of Feather (BoF) sessions, evening events and “the Foundry”, a large exhibition, meeting and recreation area, which was ideal to get in touch with vendors and customers. For the first time there was also a diversity BoF and Lunch with more than 100 female attendees addressing the diversity gaps in the Open Source community.

All the talks have been recorded on video and made available here.

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Sam Ramj (CEO of Cloud Foundry Foundation) opening the summit.

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Announcing 2nd CloudFoundry UserGroup DACH Meetup

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Join us at the second CloudFoundry User Group DACH Meetup on September 22nd in Zürich.

This time the focus is on CloudFoundry in general. Learn about the basic functionality in the CloudFoundry 101 session and pick up some lessons learned from Klimpr, a startup which switched its Application from Heroku to CloudFoundry.

Date & Time
Monday, September 22nd 2014, 18:00 CEST

Place
ZHAW School of Engineering, Lagerstrasse 41, 8021 Zürich,
Room ZL O6.10 (6th floor)

Agenda
18:00 – 18:15 > Welcome
18:15 – 19:15 > CloudFoundry 101
19:15 – 19:30 > Lessons learned from Klimpr
19:30 – 21:00 > Q&A with drink and sandwiches/pizza

Please register here