PaaS News Summary: October 2013

by Volha KurylionakNovember 12, 2013
Top 10 news include CAB meetings kick-off, new Cloud Foundry plugins from Pivotal, support for Docker containers in OpenStack, etc.

Highlights

Below is a brief overview of the main PaaS news as of October 2013.

  • The Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board kicked off.
  • Pivotal released Cloud Foundry plugins for Maven and Gradle.
  • The Solum Project from Rackspace aims to increase productivity of OpenStack developers.
  • The Progress Pacific Platform released new functionality.
  • OutSystems launched public cloud-based PaaS for building .NET and Java apps.
  • OpenStack 2013.2 (Havana) now supports Docker containers.
  • dotCloud changed its name to Docker, Inc.
  • Clever Cloud announced support for the Go Language.
  • Heroku extended validation SSL certificates and public beta availability of WebSockets.
  • There were delivered some updates to OpenShift Online and OpenShift Origin.

Let’s dig into details!

 

Major community news for October

So, what is on the plate this month?

The Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board kick-off

Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board (CAB) held its first public meeting on Oct 30. During the conference call that featured 52 attendees, CAB advisors were introduced to the public. As it had been announced in September, they discussed how to work with the community and determined the dates for the next PlatformCF conference. The recording of the meeting will be published soon.

The release of Cloud Foundry plugins for Maven and Gradle by Pivotal

Pivotal announced Cloud Foundry plugins for two popular build tools: Maven and Gradle. Using the Java client library to interact with Cloud Foundry, the plugins make it possible for JVM developers to build, test, and deploy applications with a single command-line interaction. This blog post explains how to try the new plugins and how to set up continuous integration/delivery of applications to Cloud Foundry.

The Solum Project to increase productivity of OpenStack developers

Rackspace announced Solum, the new open-source project in the OpenStack ecosystem. The main goal of Solum is to increase developer productivity during application life-cycle management. It also provides better application portability between different clouds.

The Progress Pacific Platform: New functionality

At the Progress Exchange 2013 user conference in Boston, Progress unveiled new functionality of their platform, Progress Pacific. According to the press release, the solution was recently enhanced with intelligent workflows, business logic, and data integration to provide easy application development and data access.

OutSystems launches public cloud-based PaaS for building .NET and Java apps

OutSystems PaaS is now generally available in the public cloud. Version 8 of this platform helps to build, deploy, and manage .NET and Java applications in any environment, generating native Java or .NET code with support for Red Hat JBoss, Oracle WebLogic, and Microsoft IIS/Windows Server.

OpenStack 2013.2 (Havana) now supports Docker containers

The OpenStack foundation announced the latest version of OpenStack 2013.2—called Havana—that features native support for Docker containers and other new functionality. Now, users can  spin up containers instead of VMs and boot environments in seconds when testing workloads.

dotCloud changed its name to Docker, Inc.

dotCloud, a Platform-as-a-Service provider, changed their company name to Docker, Inc. after the technology they sponsor. While still offering a stand-alone PaaS product, Docker, Inc. will now concentrate on developing and monetizing the container technology.

Clever Cloud announced Support for the Go Language

Clever Cloud announced support for the Go language on their PaaS platform. Mainly developed by Google, the Go language is a powerful tool for applications that use multicore and networked machines.

Herok extended validation SSL certificates and public beta availability of WebSockets

Heroku introduced extended validation SSL certificates that help users to differentiate between customer applications and applications owned by Heroku. Another update is public beta availability of WebSocket functionality on their platform.

Updates to OpenShift Online and OpenShift Origin

The October release of Red Hat’s OpenShift Online PaaS added group membership and user management, two features long-awaited by the user community. In addition, Red Hat rolled out the administration console for OpenShift Origin to assist developers in capacity planning and system monitoring.

Follow further PaaS updates on our blog or @altoros.

 

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This post was written by Volha Kurylionak and Alex Khizhniak with assistance from Anton Trushkevich.
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