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Authored by Wendy Cartee, Sr. Director of Product Marketing for Cloud Native Applications

Many books and papers have been written on DX or digital transformation with the promise of faster, and more agile business models leveraging technologies such as cloud, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, robotics, drones, IoT, mobile, and deep learning/machine learning algorithms. While the possibilities are immense and exciting, the key challenge for enterprises to achieve digital transformation is not technology, but gaining the expertise needed to build and operationalize the technologies. While there are countless reports with many organizations recognizing the skills shortage, that gap is only widening over time and proper training and certification remained elusive until now.

To address the gap, the Cloud Foundry Foundation announced the launch of the world’s largest cloud-native developer certification program this week. The “Cloud Foundry Certified Developer” program is designed to train developers and update their skills across cloud, application development and deployment. This program is open to all and will be delivered with the Linux Foundation, which has trained and certified more developers on open source software than any organization in the world.

The training program includes the following:

  • A free introductory course offered via the edX platform.
  • A self-paced eLearning Cloud Foundry Developer course.
  • A training partner program which includes licensed materials for in-person Cloud Foundry developer classes, offered by member companies
  • “Cloud Foundry Certified Developer” Certification, awarded to individuals who pass a performance-based exam.

Since Cloud Foundry Foundation was established in 2015, companies from all over the world have adopted its open source cloud platform to drive faster business agility and innovation. The Cloud Foundry community has built a platform that helps developers innovate faster and simplify production deployments of modern applications.

Adoption of Cloud Foundry is growing rapidly worldwide across all industries.  Customer examples include Volkswagen Group, who is on a quest for the connected car of the future, Fidelity with more than 45 applications running on its Cloud Foundry-based platform, and Rakuten, a Japanese ecommerce and Internet company, who has been running Cloud Foundry in production for five years on over 5,000 virtual servers.

Innovation in the Cloud Foundry community continues to expand. The community has built key projects such as BOSH that changed the game for enterprises. Recent projects such as the extension of Cloud Foundry Service Broker API to Kubernetes help enterprises provide the developer-ready platform needed to fuel their digital transformation. The strength of the Cloud Foundry platform is driving the creation of a very healthy partner ecosystem and now with Cloud Foundry Certified Developer program, more partners and developers will have access to much needed training.

For more information on Cloud Foundry Certified Developer program, please visit https://www.cloudfoundry.org/training/

 

 

 

 

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Authored by Debra Robertson, Product Marketing Manager, Cloud Native Applications

CloudNativeCon + KubeCon will showcase Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) projects under one roof in Berlin from March 29th to March 30th, 2017. As a gold sponsor of the event, VMware will be there to support the CNCF community and participate in sessions, share demos, and promote the event.  

If you’re heading to KubeCon 2017 next week in Berlin, connect with us to learn how VMware’s cloud native portfolio and open source technologies enable developers and IT from dev-test to production. VMware subject matter experts will be onsite to walk you through demos and use cases for securely developing, deploying and managing container-based applications.

Attend the Network-Aware Kubernetes Scheduler Session

Join two of VMware’s Kubernates contributors discussing Kubernetes exposes an interface to build a custom scheduler. Software Engineers Akash Gangil and Salvatore Orlando are presenting on how better scheduling decisions can be made with information about the network topology.

WHEN: Thursday March 30, 2017 16:25 – 17:00
WHAT: A Network-Aware Kubernetes Scheduler
WHERE: Rooms B 05 – B 06

The scheduler would make pod scheduling decisions as a function of network health, in addition to other resources like cpu and memory predicates used by the default scheduler. Demo setup would consist of kubernetes with OVN as a networking backend using the ovn-kubernetes plugin. 

Learn about VMware’s Kubernetes as a Service Platform for Enterprises

Photon Platform is built on open source Photon OS and Photon Controller which are custom-designed for high churn, massively scalable container environments. Photon Platform is part of VMware’s Cloud Native Apps solutions and leverages production-grade networking and storage for a thin IaaS to support Kubernetes as a Service.  

Join the Conversation at Booth G1

VMware is a sponsor of CNCF and OCI to drive open source collaboration and standards for container deployments. We have open source projects to ease integrations with other technologies and are working with customer across the world to build and contribute our development to the industry. In addition to learning more about our open source projects, you can also connect with VMware’s cloud native experts, and experience our solutions:

  • See a Kubernetes-as-a-Service demo showcasing Photon Platform, a container-optimized cloud platform which delivers on-demand developer tools and services. We will show:
    • Self-service Kubernetes clusters for platform and app development teams
    • Self-healing Kubernetes clusters which automatically recover from failure
    • Commercially supported Kubernetes and Linux distros from VMware
  • Watch a networking demo featuring NSX-T which integrates with Kubernetes via a CNI plugin. The demo will show how NSX can be used to provide per pod (group of containers) logical ports and micro-segmentation between pods. The demo will demonstrate all the benefits gained by using NSX-T for container networking.

Stay Connected

Stay connected with Cloud Native by following us on Twitter at @cloudnativeapps.

We hope to see you there!

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Authored by Paul Fazzone, General Manager, Cloud Native Applications

Microservices architectures represent the single biggest change in application development and operations practices in the last 20 years. In a nutshell, microservices are small, discrete application components linked together through lightweight, well-defined APIs. These application components, which are each independently deployable, are linked together in various ways to create modern applications. A major advantage to this application architecture allows for the discrete components to be updated independently from the others, enabling developers to efficiently deliver new features and fix issues with existing ones. The business value of this approach is clear – companies can get new products and services to their customers with phenomenal speed and efficiency.

Amongst our customers, the excitement to understand, experiment with and adopt microservices architectures is palpable. With hundreds of incredible new open source projects and venture backed startups creating awareness of and products around modern application development, it is easy to see why. But most of these projects and startups are facing the same challenge – how do they address IT integration and day 2 operations for enterprise organizations wanting to adopt their products? This is by far the number 1 challenge I hear about from customers considering how to move to a microservices application architecture. In fact, I recently had a Fortune 50 financial customer tell me they have more than 20 proof of concept projects around their company evaluating different platform, container, function as-a-service offering….most of them are stuck on security, networking and day 2 requirements like visibility, compliance, tenant isolation and availability.  These capabilities are key tenets of VMware products, so I was excited to read about the work Google and Pivotal have done to address some of these issues and make Kubernetes on BOSH (KuBo) a better deployment and operational experience for enterprise customers.

With KuBo (check it out on GitHub), high availability is built-in by default. BOSH provides high availability for Kubernetes masters and ETCD within the Kubernetes clusters. Lifecycle management of the Kubernetes cluster and its underlying VMs is completely automated. Deployment, repairs and upgrades are easy. Best of all, enterprises gain operational efficiencies with PCF and Kubo because they both use BOSH as a common deployment tool to efficiently and securely application development.

VMware have been working closely with Pivotal to deliver tight integration between Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) and VMware NSX (to help address a couple of those pesky enterprise IT challenges). This integration provides advanced network and security services to PCF Application Instances. More importantly, it enables customers to realize a single, seamless network and security model across all of their applications. Because the integration was done through BOSH, KuBo will also benefit from NSX support, so customers can take advantage of PCF and Kubernetes side by side, backed by the world’s leading cloud native network and security solution. Cool stuff that solves real customer business and technology challenges.

VMware is all about building, delivering & supporting production-ready, easy to use, enterprise infrastructure solutions to support our customer’s business objectives. Looking forward, customers can expect deeper integration between Pivotal and VMware products that deliver exceptional business value while addressing key technical challenges at the intersection of application architecture and infrastructure solutions.

VMware is committed to the key open source cloud native community projects (Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, Lightwave to name a few) that sit at this intersection and we are excited to get involved with and contribute to the KuBo project. We believe firmly that our customer’s future is  multi-cloud and are working hard to build, partner and contribute to deliver production ready enterprise solutions to realize a microservices architecture for their applications. Our goal is simple – continue to be the best place for our customers to build and run their business applications in production.

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Authored by Wendy Cartee, Sr. Director of Product Marketing for Cloud Native

Today, VMware increased our support for the Linux Foundation from Silver to Gold member. Becoming a Gold member is a significant milestone for any company, and I’m proud to be part of this deepened commitment for the Linux community and all the projects that Linux Foundation has enabled over the years. With the advent of cloud, mobility, SDN, IoT, the Linux Foundation has played a critical role in bringing together developers, researchers, companies, organizations to drive open discussions, innovations, and development that are shaping not only technology but economies, policies, and lives.

As part of the Linux Foundation, VMware has supported many projects such as Cloud Foundry, Cloud-Native Computing Foundation, Open Container Initiative, OPNFV, and Open Network Automation Project. We were also instrumental in creating Linux Foundation collaborative projects such as OVS and the IO Visor Project with thriving developer communities. In addition to the Linux Foundation, VMware participates and leads in many open source projects such as OpenStack. We are constantly growing our practice, exploring new projects, and finding new ways to engage the open source communities.

I am inspired by our open source commitment and the many ways VMware is contributing. As a member of the Cloud-Native team at VMware, we are actively working on open sourcing many of our best projects and engaging with the community through developer channels and events such conferences, workshops, and meetups.

As a quick summary of some of open source projects specifically for cloud-native environments, here are a few key projects available on the VMware GitHub today that I would like to highlight:

Photon OS

Photon OS is a minimal Linux container host, optimized to run on VMware and 3rd party cloud platforms. Photon OS is compatible with container runtimes such as Docker and container scheduling framework, Kubernetes. It contains a yum-compatible package manager that makes the system as small as possible while preserving robust yum package management capabilities. Photon OS supports vSphere installations and is offered in different pre-packaged binary formats available in ISO, OVA, Amazon AMI, and Google GCE images.

Photon Controller

Photon Controller is a distributed, multi-tenant host controller optimized for containers. The Photon Controller delivers an API-driven developer experience by exposing RESTful APIs, SDKs, and CLI tooling to automate infrastructure resources easily. It is custom-built for massive scale and speed with support for open container orchestration frameworks such as Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, Mesos, and Pivotal Cloud Foundry as well virtualized environments allowing the creating of 1000s of new VM-isolated workloads per minute.

Project Harbor

Project Harbor is an enterprise-class registry server with advanced security, identity, role based access control, auditing, and management services for Docker images. With Harbor, enterprises can deploy a private registry, keeping their data compliant behind the company firewall. In addition, Harbor supports AD/LDAP integration and the setup of multiple registries and has images replicated between them for high availability.  Harbor is localized in Chinese, English, German, Japanese, and Russian today.

Project Lightwave

Project Lightwave offers an enterprise-grade, identity and access management services such as single sign-on, authentication, authorization and certificate authority, as well as certificate key management for container workloads that need security, governance, and compliance challenges for.  Project Lightwave is designed for environments that need multi-tenant, multi-master, highly scalable LDAP v3 directory service.  It includes directory-integrated certificate authority and store that help to simplify certificate-based operations and key management across the infrastructure. Lightwave authentication services support Kerberos, OAuth 2.0/OpenID Connect, SAML and WSTrust which enable interoperability with other standards-based technologies in the data center.

Project Admiral

Project Admiral is a container management platform providing automated deployment and life cycle management of container-based applications for developers and cloud ops teams. It manages Docker hosts, policies, multi-container templates, and applications to simplify and automate resource utilization and application delivery. Developers can use Docker Compose, Admiral Templates or Admiral UI to compose their app and deploy it using Admiral provisioning and orchestration engine. For cloud administrators, they can manage container host infrastructure and apply governance to its usage, including grouping of resources, policy based placements, quotas and reservations and elastic placement zones.

vSphere Integrated Container Engine

vSphere Integrated Containers Engine (VIC Engine) is a container runtime for vSphere, allowing developers familiar with Docker to develop in containers and deploy them alongside VM-based workloads on vSphere clusters. It provides a production-grade environment for these workloads to be managed through the vSphere UI and leverage existing processes to operationalize container apps quickly.  The VIC Engine provides lifecycle operations, vCenter support, logs, basic client authentication, volume and basic networking support. For more information, please see VIC Engine Architecture for an overview.

Our contributions and participation in the Linux and open source communities are growing. You will find us at many open source events around the world, including KubeCon Berlin March 29-30th, DockerCon Austin April 17-20th, and Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley June 13-15th.  If you are interested in meeting to find out more about VMware cloud-native, please send me a tweet at @Wendy_Cartee. I look forward to meeting you at many of the upcoming open source conferences!