Software vendor Pivotal has launched version 1.10 of its Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) multicloud platform to simplify interactions between developers and operators.
PCF helps enterprises scale multiple infrastructure, handle security patching, and take care of load balancing.
The new version of PCF allows developers and operators to have a shared set of facts to help both groups identify performance problems and latency in applications.
This is helpful because developers and operators typically use different systems for logs and telemetry data, which makes it difficult to agree on what might be causing a problem, said Richard Seroter, senior director of product at Pivotal.
The new version also provides developers and operators with the same interactive graph that traces a request as it flows through applications and their endpoints. This allows them to see how the system operates and understand and fix failures.
Windows at Scale
Prior to this announcement, PCF was able to handle Windows workloads, but developers had to manually build those environments. This release allows them to be built automatically.
Typically, operators will have Windows environments sitting alongside a Linux environment. “No one is singularly one or other other; the two are siloed, and this allows for all of your apps to run under the same fabric,” Seroter said. “The VMs [virtual machines] themselves will be different, but the management is singular and agnostic.”
The new version of PCF allows users to put all of their applications into one Cloud Foundry environment and create policies for them.
“This gives you a nice way to consolidate your environment,” Seroter said. “You have workloads that are dependent on different levels of processing, and isolation segments let you define policies telling it which apps go to what hardware.”
This allows operators to route workloads to specific hardware and optimize application runtime.
Pivotal customers include Comcast, Ford, Allstate, GE, Southwest, and Verizon. The San-Francisco-based company was spun out of VMware and EMC in 2013 and now operates individually in the family of Dell Technologies. The company has over 2,000 employees.