Last week IrishTechNews was invited to Switzerland to attend the annual 2017 Cloud Foundry Europe summit. The conference held in Base, Switzerland l welcomed over 865 attendees from Europe and the Globe to hear about the latest updates from across the cloud foundry community. The two-day schedule was broken up into a number of tracks including: Cloud Foundry in the Enterprise, Core Project Updates, Experiments, Extension Projects, Cloud-Native Microservices and Cloud Foundry at Scale.
Attendees at the Cloud Foundry summit in Switzerland couldn’t contain their excitement with the recent announcement that Kubo a joint open source contribution between Google & Pivotal was being launched as “Container Runtime” . Kubo was based on Google Cloud’s platform Kubernetes but its sitting on BOSH.
Recent announcements of CF local development environment, contributions of a Stratos UI Console from SUSE as well as a growing certification base of 10,000 has seen developers flocking to the open technology platform.
A user survey conducted by Cloud Foundry found a growing demand within small and small to medium-sized companies with 51% of respondent these groups. Cloud Foundry wouldn’t traditionally attract this type of user base because of the large hardware and resource footprint.
— Jason Roe (@jasonroe) October 12, 2017
Their strategy has been simple and effective. An open source, fully functional technology platform with free training and a growing community of contributors. The open source project now boasts over 180+ full-time committers, paid contributors with 2700+ regular contributors.
The open source projects direction is being driven by a policy of opening up and standardising with the service broker API and cloud foundry incubator’s cf-extensions projects. A great example of this is CredHub a centralised and secures credential generation, storage, lifecycle management, and access project.
Abby Kearn, Executive Director Cloud Foundry said that the foundation is financed by the 70+ member companies, training, certification of the 7 commercial distros who all benefit from the growing ecosystem. The newly launched foundry is a place where you can find these certified distributors, systems integrators and training partners.
The highlights for me were the trends around multi-cloud deployment environments. I also found out about the extensions projects such as CredHub, Service Fabrik Broker from @sap and the Stratos UI Console from SUSE.