As a consultant on the Cloud Foundry platform I regularly get asked if CF can host .NET applications. The answer is yes. However, it depends on the application how much we as platform engineering have to do to make it possible.
These days I’m working at a client creating workflows for their state of the art private cloud platform. It’s really quite nice: internal clients can use a webportal to request machines, which are then customized with Puppet runs and workflows to install additional software and perform custom tasks like registering the machine in a CMDB.
What do you base your selection on when buying some piece of technology? Is it the core functionality, or the added features?
As Kit Colbert aptly stated in his VMworld DevOps program Keynote, customers at this point implicitly assume the core functionality of almost any given product will be alright, and base their choices on the extras:
In my latest post, I tested Lattice.cf, the single VM smaller brother of Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF). Considering a full installation of PCF has a footprint of about 25 Virtual Machines (VM) requiring a total of over 33Gb RAM, 500+ Gb storage, and some serious CPU power, it’s not hard to see why Lattice is more developer friendly.
In April, Pivotal released Lattice, a platform for hosting cloud native applications which is aimed at being accessible and convenient for developers. However, it’s not just that: it’s also a testbed for the new elastic runtime codename ‘Diego’ which we will likely see incorporated in the next version of Lattice’s big - enterprise ready - brother Pivotal Cloud Foundry in due time.