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Cloud Foundry for Developers

Deploy, manage, and orchestrate cloud-native applications with ease

Author: Rick Farmer, Rahul Jain, David Wu, Published on 28-Nov-2017, Language: English


Deploy and scale applications on Cloud Foundry

About This Book

  • Gain hands-on experience using Cloud Foundry
  • Implement deployment, management and scaling of applications on Cloud Foundry
  • Learn best practices and troubleshooting tips for running applications on Cloud Foundry

Who This Book Is For

This book is aimed at developers, engineers and architects who want to learn key aspects of developing and running applications on the Cloud Foundry Platform.

Prior knowledge Cloud Foundry is not necessary.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand Cloud Foundry (CF) tools and concepts.
  • Understand the breadth of possibilities unleashed through a lightweight agile approach to building and deploying applications.
  • Design and deploy cloud native applications that run well on Cloud Foundry.
  • Learn Microservice design concepts and worker applications.
  • Customize service brokers to publish your services in the Cloud Foundry marketplace.
  • Using, managing and creating buildpacks for the Cloud Foundry Platform.
  • Troubleshoot applications on Cloud Foundry
  • Perform zero-downtime deployments using blue/green routes, A/B testing, and painless rollbacks to earlier versions of the application.

In Detail

Cloud Foundry is the open source platform to deploy, run, and scale applications. Cloud Foundry is growing rapidly and a leading product that provides PaaS (Platform as a Service) capabilities to enterprise, government, and organizations around the globe. Giants like Dell Technologies, GE, IBM, HP and the US government are using Cloud Foundry innovate faster in a rapidly changing world.

Cloud Foundry is a developer’s dream. Enabling them to create modern applications that can leverage the latest thinking, techniques and capabilities of the cloud, including:

  • DevOps
  • Application Virtualization
  • Infrastructure agnosticism
  • Orchestrated containers
  • Automation
  • Zero downtime upgrades
  • A/B deployment
  • Quickly scaling applications out or in

This book takes readers on a journey where they will first learn the Cloud Foundry basics, including how to deploy and scale a simple application in seconds. Readers will build their knowledge of how to create highly scalable and resilient cloud-native applications and microservices running on Cloud Foundry. Readers will learn how to integrate their application with services provided by Cloud Foundry and with those external to Cloud Foundry. Readers will learn how to structure their Cloud Foundry environment with orgs and spaces. After that, we’ll discuss aspects of continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD), monitoring and logging. Readers will also learn how to enable health checks, troubleshoot and debug applications.

By the end of this book, readers will have hands-on experience in performing various deployment and scaling tasks. Additionally, they will have an understanding of what it takes to migrate and develop applications for Cloud Foundry.

Style and Approach

A practitioner's guide to Cloud Foundry that covers the areas of application development, deployment and services.

Rick Farmer

Rick Farmer is one of the founders and a leader of the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Solutions enterprise consulting and delivery team at Pivotal. Over the last two decades, he established a track record of navigating complex organizational technology and services to deliver breathtaking results for mission-critical initiatives at over 70 of the world's most recognizable companies and government entities. Many of the engagements he has anchored have won various personal and project awards. Rick unlocks innovation and business value using Cloud Foundry to inject enterprise agility into even the most challenging environments by aligning digital transformation, technical and business opportunities. He enjoys speaking at conferences on subjects ranging from Cloud Foundry to Data Science to Digital Transformation to Agility in the Enterprise. Since 1997, Rick has surfed tropical events hitting the Texas Gulf Coast. He has a data science visualization project inducted into the Visualization Hall of Fame at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Rahul Jain

Rahul Jain is one of the founding members of the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Solutions delivery and architecture team at Pivotal. He has worked in the field of technology for over a decade, developing security products and applications. During his day job, he leverages best practices to help solve technical and business challenges for organizations using the Cloud Foundry platform. He enjoys researching and blogging on technology-related topics that are difficult to solve. During his free time, he contributes to the community by creating open source tools to manage the Cloud Foundry platform. Rahul holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering. He can be followed on Twitter @rahulkj.

David Wu

David Wu has been developing software for over 17 years and has in-depth software and embedded device engineering experience in financial, photographic, medical, science and technology, and cinematic/broadcast industries, from the perspective of both enterprise and product development and for various operating systems such as Windows, MacOS, and Linux. A number of these applications and products have been highly praised, internationally recognized and have won prestigious awards. Wu holds a first class honors in the bachelors of computer science at Monash University and a Ph.D. in computer engineering at RMIT, Australia. In addition to software development, he is also an expert in image processing, compression, video analytics, and forensic imaging. He currently serves as an Advisory Solutions Architect at Pivotal, an agent of change helping transform organizations with Cloud Foundry and build better software. He can be followed on Twitter @_Doc_Dave_.