Microsoft Azure Officially Embraces Cloud Foundry

Open source cloud computing platform-as-a-service (PaaS) Clound Foundry is now generally available on Microsoft Azure. Here are the details.

Cloud Foundry is an enterprise-grade PaaS that helps companies develop, test and deploy cloud applications in a scalable and timely manner. Microsoft had announced support for Cloud Foundry on Azure in May but the company has finally made it generally available on its cloud computing service. Azure customers also have the option to run Pivotal Cloud Foundry on Azure, which is currently in the preview phase.

Cloud Foundry can already be deployed, using the open source management toolset BOSH, on Amazon Web Service (AWS) and on OpenStack.

According to Microsoft senior program manager Ning Kuang:

With today’s announcement, developers can enjoy a consistent Cloud Foundry experience in Azure, and a simplified provisioning workflow by leveraging Azure Resource Manager templates.   By merging the Azure Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) into the upstream, open source Cloud Foundry repository, Cloud Foundry on Azure is now powered by the Microsoft Azure team as well as the Cloud Foundry community.

Here are the capabilities Microsoft and Cloud Foundry are enabling with this new release:

  • Provision resources needed for BOSH and Cloud Foundry directly through Azure Resource Manager template
  • Azure CPI to provision and manage virtual machines for Cloud Foundry
  • Support all standard Cloud Foundry featuers such as available sets and persistent disk snapshot on Azure
  • Support for service broker integration.

If you want to deploy Cloud Foundry on Azure, you can follow the GA guidance over on GitHub.

[Via Microsoft Azure Blog]


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