At the North America Cloud Foundry Summit 2019 conference, Pivotal Software announced it is beta testing an automation framework that promises to keep its distribution of the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment continuously updated.
In addition, Pivotal revealed it will be adding support for open source technologies including Envoy load balancing and Istio service mesh software developed outside the auspices of the Cloud Foundry Foundation (CFF) to its Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) distribution. Envoy and Istio are being employed to add a new routing tier to tier to PCF to give developers more control over network traffic.
Richard Seroter, vice president of product for Pivotal, said Platform Automation for PCF consists of a series of building block modules that will be applied to all the components of PCF as well as eventually the distribution of Kubernetes that Pivotal curates in collaboration with sister company VMware.
Pivotal also announced that Pivotal Application Service (PAS), the runtime for PCF, will soon support Windows Server 2019 along with the ability to configure multiple custom ports per PAS container to make deploying containerized applications in a PaaS environment more efficient from a networking perspective.
Finally, Pivotal is adding more descriptive metadata to the application programming interfaces (API) it exposes across the PAS runtime.
Seroter said Pivotal continues to focus on automating as much of the IT operations pipeline as possible. Rather than allocating IT staff to create and manage these pipelines, Pivotal is making a case for relying on a set of managed services that span instances of Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes running on top of virtual machines deployed on either a public cloud or on-premises. That approach relies on a highly opinionated operational pipeline defined by Pivotal that IT organizations will need to adopt to benefit from a highly consistent and repeatable approach to managing IT operations at scale, he said.
The need for a more structured approach to managing IT operations is only becoming more acute as organizations embrace Kubernetes platforms alongside Kubernetes, Seroter added. In fact, a survey of 501 IT leaders published by the CFF finds almost half of respondents (48%) report using some combination of PaaS, containers and serverless technologies together.
It’s still unclear how much IT organizations will standardize on a particular application development platform. PaaS environments typically have a more robust set of application development tools, but they can consume tens of virtual machines to stand up. Development tools for Kubernetes platforms are still evolving, but the platform provides a more efficient way to consume both virtual machines and bare-metal servers. It is apparent that for some time to come that many IT organizations will find themselves managing multiple platforms. The challenge that creates for DevOps teams is finding a way to manage those platforms consistently using a common framework rather than having to deploy and master separate management. It may take quite a while for IT leaders to rationalize their management platforms, but with each passing day it becomes clearer that goal increasingly is within reach.