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VMware Pivotal CF
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Overview:

Pivotal CF is Pivotal's commercially supported Platform-as-a-Service built on Cloud Foundry, offering hybrid deployment options powered by vSphere and vCloud Hybrid Service.

Enterprise-class capability

Enterprise-class capability

Run an enterprise-ready PaaS powered by the virtualization platform that you already trust to run and manage your applications.

Business agility

Business agility

Enable business agility by accelerating application development and streamlining the delivery of underlying infrastructure.

Hybrid flexibility

Hybrid flexibility

Build and run applications using a PaaS that supports the flexibility of on-premise, public cloud, and hybrid cloud deployment.

At-A-Glance

  • Pivotal CF provides a turnkey PaaS experience for agile development teams to rapidly update and scale applications on a private cloud that can be instantly expanded and upgraded with no downtime.
  • Pivotal CF is the first integrated platform encompassing the industry's leading big data framework, Apache Hadoop, and the leading open source PaaS, Cloud Foundry, to enable enterprise developers and cloud operators to build, manage and scale a new class of applications that leverage modern frameworks that instantly bind to massive data sets.
  • Pivotal CF Elastic Runtime Service provides a complete, scalable runtime environment, extensible to most modern frameworks or languages running on Linux. Deployed applications enjoy built-in services, and can automatically bind to new data services through a service broker or to an existing user provided service.
  • Pivotal CF Operations Manager is the world's first IaaS-integrated PaaS Operations Manager to support turnkey, fully automated deployment, canary-style updates and 1-click horizontal and vertical scaling on vSphere private clouds and VMware Hybrid Cloud Service (vCHS)

Becoming a Software Driven Enterprise

Software is eating the world — executives cite software as the top factor impacting their organizations. Companies effectively using software development to achieve competitive advantage are more profitable than their peers1. Organizations such as Square ($3.5B valuation, Financial Services), Uber ($3.5B valuation, Transportation), Netflix ($19B valuation, Media and Entertainment), Airbnb ($3.5B valuation, Hospitality), the Climate Corporation ($1.1B acquisition, Agriculture) and Etsy ($600M valuation, Boutique Retail) are using software to change industries and disrupt business models.

Powering this trend is a new generation of developers driving a deep shift in platforms and processes. These developers work in agile teams and demand a platform that allows them to continuously deliver updates to and horizontally scale their applications with no downtime. They seek standardized ways to plug in leading data services and perform deep user analytics on top of massive datasets to drive rapid iteration based on customer needs.

An enterprise PaaS, powered by Cloud Foundry, is the key enabler for achieving the modern, software driven organization. Purpose built for continuous delivery and horizontal architectures, Cloud Foundry allows developers to focus on the application as the unit of deployment and scale, not infrastructure. It provides an abstraction layer that enables enterprises to make infrastructure choices based on price, performance, location and efficiency.

Why Pivotal CF?

Companies seeking to become a software-driven enterprise for greater agility are often impeded by the complexity of deploying, upgrading, operating and scaling a PaaS on their private cloud.

Pivotal CF is the leading enterprise PaaS, powered by Cloud Foundry. It delivers a turnkey experience for scaling and updating PaaS on the private cloud, with no downtime. Pivotal CF enables developers to provision and bind leading application and data services such as Hadoop on a unified platform. It empowers businesses to deliver applications and update them with new features at a velocity and scale previously only available to Internet giants, allowing enterprises to innovate with disruptive speed.

Elastic Runtime Service

Self Service Platform for Application Management
Pivotal CF provides the ideal self-service platform for development teams of any size to start small and rapidly evolve new ideas into complex applications, increasing business agility. Developers upload their application source files using the CF CLI or via plugins for popular IDE and build tools like Eclipse, Maven, Gradle, Jenkins, Bamboo and more. The simplified semantics of the CF CLI and REST API allow users to manage and scale applications, as well as create and bind zero-touch data services. Pivotal CF's role-based control and lifecycle staging isolation enable different teams to be responsible for early development, testing, staging and ultimately production. A web console allows developers and application owners to monitor, manage and administer users and services.

Flexible Multi-Language 'Buildpack' Architecture
Developers simply push applications to Pivotal CF for an "it just works" experience. Pivotal CF uses a flexible approach called buildpacks to dynamically assemble and configure a complete runtime environment for executing a particular class of applications. Rather than specifying how to run applications, developers can rely on buildpacks to detect, download and configure the appropriate runtimes, containers, and libraries. Since buildpacks are extensible to most modern runtimes and frameworks running on Linux, enterprises can deploy apps written in nearly any language to Pivotal CF. Pivotal provided buildpacks for Java, Ruby and Node are part of a broad buildpack provider ecosystem that ensures constant updates and maintenance for virtually any language. Operators can add new runtimes using buildpacks and control the order in which buildpacks are applied.

Outstanding Java Spring Support and Zero-Touch Service Integration
Enterprises can expect outstanding Java Spring support through the Pivotal provided Java buildpack. Most Spring applications require no changes to get started on Pivotal CF and, once there, enjoy zero-touch integration with services such as MySQL and RabbitMQ. The Java buildpack automatically infers memory settings and configures the container for bound services so developers can focus on writing code, not configuring middleware.

Deployed Applications Enjoy Built in Services
Once deployed to Pivotal CF, applications enjoy built-in services for:

  • Instant, horizontal application tier scaling
  • Load balancing and DNS
  • Automated health management
  • Logging and auditing
  • User and services management via a Developer Console

The built in features of the Elastic Runtime service allow enterprises to dramatically reduce the number of vendors and integrations required for continuous software delivery.

Pivotal CF supports horizontal scaling and rapid application deployment via updates to a shared routing tier for all applications in real-time. Tight coordination of dynamic routing and fast, dynamic container creation are at the heart of Pivotal CF's ability to instantly scale and update hundreds of instances. Pivotal CF empowers enterprises to support mobile and social applications and update them with new features at a velocity and scale previously only available to Internet giants.

A truly scalable platform must maintain availability for all running applications with minimum operator intervention. Pivotal CF's 3rd generation application health manager continuously monitors all applications running on a Pivotal CF instance and intervenes to make the actual state match the intended state for single second app recovery.

The ability to deliver a unified log stream of application platform events with end user actions for root cause analysis and understanding end-to-end service delivery is key to unlocking the value of an organization's unstructured data. Pivotal CF Loggregator delivers the ability to tail a unified log stream of application platform events and end user actions to clients like the CF CLI, and publish the log stream to a syslog drain for integration with tools such as Splunk or logstash.

Standardized Service Configuration and Extensibility
Enterprises are shifting towards consumable web services to simplify configuration and increase application extensibility and portability. Developers using Pivotal CF's standard service "binding" mechanism benefit from automatic provisioning, configuration, management and storage of service connection information, credentials and dependencies. The application can now be moved from development and test to staging and production environments with no changes.

Pivotal CF Operations Manager

World's First IaaS Integrated PaaS Operation Manager
Pivotal CF is the only PaaS that supports direct IaaS API integration for turnkey deployment and full life-cycle management. Pivotal CF Operations Manager installs from a single virtual appliance (OVA). From there, Operations Manager fully automates the deployment of Pivotal CF, using IaaS APIs, onto a resource pool of Linux VMs with Linux containers.

Rapid, Turnkey Deployments and Updates Optimized for VMware Clouds
Cloud operators can use a simple interface for rapid, turnkey deployment onto a vSphere environment running in their data centers or the VMware Hybrid Cloud Service. Operations Manager uses 'canary-style' deployments to perform live updates of a running Pivotal CF system. This allows a cloud operator, with a few clicks, to:

  • Both vertically and horizontally scale the Elastic Runtime
  • Provide continuous software updates and upgrades for Pivotal CF, including OS patches

without application downtime. Pivotal CF Operations Manager provides a general mechanism for turnkey deployment of large-scale distributed services.

Key Features:

Pivotal CF Diagram

Pivotal CF is Pivotal's commercially supported hybrid Platform-as-a-Service solution built on Cloud Foundry technology , enabling customers to rapidly develop, deploy and scale applications. Customers can run Pivotal CF on vSphere or vCloud Hybrid Service.

Business agility

Enable business agility by accelerating application development and streamlining the delivery of underlying infrastructure.

  • Rapidly set up Pivotal CF on vCloud Hybrid Service with just a few clicks from the vCHS catalog, or on vSphere with a wizard-like rapid installer.
  • Enable continuous update/upgrade with minimal production downtime.
  • Utilize a developer console that:
    • Enables management of users, teams and services.
    • Provides self-service ability for developers to manage and scale applications up to hundreds of instances in seconds.
  • Develop and expose new provider services in the Pivotal CF catalog using a streamlined Service Broker API.

Hybrid Flexibility

Build and run applications using a PaaS that supports the flexibility of on-premise, public cloud, and hybrid cloud deployment.

  • Run Pivotal CF on-premise on vSphere or in the cloud on vCloud Hybrid Service / vCloud Director.
  • Rapidly deploy applications in any Pivotal CF instance using the Pivotal CF command line interface or developer console.
  • Design hybrid architectures and distribute applications or services based on workload requirements. For example:
    • Based on application life cycle: Development & Test in the cloud; Production on premise (or vice versa)
    • Based on enterprise requirements: Mission critical, tier 1 applications or applications with strong governance requirements on premise; tier 2 & 3 applications in the cloud
    • Based on application scale requirements: applications with limited scale requirement on premise; applications that need large scale in the cloud
  • Control resource management according to your organization’s policies.

Enterprise-class capability

Run an enterprise-ready PaaS powered by the virtualization platform that you already trust to run and manage your applications.

  • Leverage vSphere’s HA/DRS features to enhance availability of Pivotal CF instances.
  • Manage operations and govern usage of Pivotal CF instances, wherever they’re deployed, using VMware tools like vCloud Operations and vCloud Automation Center.
  • Leverage built-in load balancing to scale applications up to hundreds of instances in seconds.
  • Gain full application event visibility through log aggregation; built in health manager automatically restarts applications as required.
  • Provide a complete run-time environment through flexible buildpacks.
    • Java, Ruby and Node.js buildpacks are included and supported by Pivotal
  • Integrate with organizational security infrastructure to enable a Single Sign On experience for Pivotal CF.

Support:

VMware Basic Support & Subscription

Weekday Support for Test, Dev and Non-Critical Deployments

  • Global, 12x5 access to support
  • Unlimited number of support requests
  • Remote Support
  • Online access to documentation and technical resources, knowledge base, discussion forums
  • Product updates and upgrades

Overview

VMware Basic Support is designed for non-critical applications and platforms that require support during normal business hours. Our global support centers have been strategically placed to provide you with fast and efficient access to the support center in your region. Each center is staffed with engineers that can provide industry-leading expertise in virtualization and years of experience supporting virtual infrastructure products in real-world customer environments. We are committed to delivering enterprise-class, worldwide support with a single objective in mind: your success.

VMware Production Support & Subscription Service

Technical Support, 12 Hours/Day, per published Business Hours, Mon. thru Fri.

  • Global, 24x7 support for Severity 1 issues
  • Fast response times for critical issues
  • Unlimited number of support requests
  • Remote Support
  • Online access to documentation and technical resources, knowledge base, discussion forums
  • Product updates and upgrades

Overview

VMware Production Support is designed with your production environments in mind. Our global support centers are staffed around the clock to provide you access to our industry-leading expertise in virtualization and years of experience supporting virtual infrastructure products in real-world customer environments. We are committed to delivering enterprise-class, worldwide support with a single objective in mind: your success.

Feature Production Support Basic Support
Hours of Operation1 24 Hours/Day
7 Days/Week
365 Days/Year
12 Hours/Day
Monday–Friday
Length of Service 1 or 3 Years 1 or 3 Years
Product Updates 2 Yes Yes
Product Upgrades 2 Yes Yes
Products Supported 3 All Products
(excluding VMware Fusion and VMware Player)
All Products
Method of Access Telephone/Web Telephone/Web
Response Method Telephone/Email Telephone/Email
Remote Support Yes Yes
Root Cause Analysis Available only with Business Critical or Mission Critical Support Offering Available only with Business Critical or Mission Critical Offering
Access to VMware Web Site Yes Yes
Access to VMware Discussion Forums and Knowledge Base Yes Yes
Max Number of Technical Contacts per Contract 6 4
Number of Support Requests Unlimited Unlimited
Target Response Times
Critical (Severity 1)
Major (Severity 2)
Minor (Severity 3)
Cosmetic (Severity 4)

30 minutes or less: 24x7
4 business hours
8 business hours
12 business hours

4 business hours
8 business hours
12 business hours
12 business hours
Business Hours
North America
Alaska, Hawaii
Latin America

Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)

Asia, Pacific Rim, Japan (APJ)

Australia/New Zealand
Monday - Friday
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PST/PDT)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (GMT/GMT+1)

8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Singapore Time)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sydney AET)
Monday - Friday
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PST/PDT)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (GMT/GMT+1)

8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Singapore Time)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sydney AET)

1 Hours of operation for Gemstone are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST/PDT). Severity 1 issues are responded to 24x7.
2 Product updates and upgrades are not included with Basic Support and Subscription Service for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware.
Product updates and upgrades are not included with Production Support and Subscription Service for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware.
3 VMware Fusion Professional and VMware Workstation require a minimum of ten (10) licenses in order to purchase Basic support. VMware Workstation requires a minimum of ten (10) licenses in order to purchase Production Support.

Documentation:

Download the VMware Pivotal CF Datasheet (PDF).