By Killian Murphy, Senior Director Product Management, Hybrid Cloud Business Unit
Today, I’m excited to announce the first enterprise-class hybrid platform-as-a-service (PaaS) on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. The next release of Pivotal CF, version 1.2, will support VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, providing VMware customers with a choice of deployment options enabling a variety of hybrid use cases including:
- Development and test in the public cloud with production on-premises;
- Customer or consumer facing applications in the public cloud with internal facing apps on-premises, and
- Large-scale applications in the public cloud with smaller scale applications on-premises.
To understand the importance of this announcement, you have to consider the crucial role of application agility to competitiveness in modern companies. Today’s businesses want to measure the time taken for application setup, deployment and scaling using a stopwatch rather than a calendar. Moving to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) can help enormously in achieving greater agility. However, even an IaaS requires manual actions or automation on a per-application basis.
The promise of PaaS is to provide automation at a higher layer of abstraction than the IaaS. In general, a PaaS provides automation of application setup, deployment and scaling, potentially with integration to application-level services such as databases. The goal is to further automate the management of applications, allowing users to focus on application level abstractions rather than working directly with the underlying infrastructure.
Cloud Foundry is an open source PaaS project originally created in VMware and publicly launched in April 2011. VMware spun out the Cloud Foundry project to Pivotal in April 2013, but has continued to work on Cloud Foundry in partnership with Pivotal since then.
The PaaS layer runs on top of an IaaS. Since inception, the Cloud Foundry project has allowed for multiple underlying IaaS implementations. In working with Pivotal on this project our goal is simple – to ensure that VMware continues to be the best option to run Cloud Foundry.
Our joint efforts have already resulted in the release of Pivotal CF in November 2013, software based on open source Cloud Foundry, enabling VMware customers to offer a PaaS based on vSphere.
With today’s announcement, VMware is furthering its commitment to enable customers to use PaaS to accelerate time to market for enterprise applications by supporting on-premises, public cloud and hybrid cloud deployment options.
Pivotal CF on vCloud Hybrid Service
The following diagram illustrates at a high level what a Pivotal CF deployment on vCloud Hybrid Service looks like:
Pivotal CF takes advantage of the virtual datacenters available in vCloud Hybrid Service to isolate the deployment in a private network. It uses the NAT and Load Balancer services included with vCloud Hybrid Service to expose the deployed services to the public internet or to other private networks, as desired.
Pivotal CF benefits from the excellent performance characteristics of vCloud Hybrid Service. Like all applications running on vCloud Hybrid Service, the deployment is automatically protected from infrastructure maintenance and failures through the underlying vSphere HA and DRS capabilities.
It is the combination of the hybrid cloud deployment options described above with the advantages provided by VMware’s enterprise-class software defined data center (SDDC) technology that significantly differentiates us from the competition.
You can hear more about this exciting milestone during a live stream of Pat Gelsinger’s keynote at EMC World today at 10:00 AM PT. In addition, Pivotal and VMware are demonstrating Pivotal CF running on vCloud Hybrid Service at booth #226 at EMC World this week. You can see it as part of the Build a Hybrid Cloud demo, or try it out yourself using a guided or self-paced vLab at the event. More information on the vLabs is available here: http://www.emcworld.com/emcvlab.htm