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November 15, 2016

Microsoft goes open source native with Pivotal Cloud Foundry

Users should see a more consistent experience.

By James Nunns

Pivotal Cloud Foundry has landed in Microsoft Azure so that customers will be able to run cloud-native Java and .Net applications.

Although support for Cloud Foundry was already available on Azure, revealed last May, the latest move will see Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry platform running natively on Microsoft’s public cloud infrastructure.

Sean McKenna, principal program manager, Azure Compute, wrote on the company’s blog: “Since May 2015, we’ve worked with the Cloud Foundry community to deliver open source Cloud Foundry on Azure, which became GA in November of last year.

“Through this collaboration and our participation in forums like Cloud Foundry Summit, we’ve seen large and growing interest in Cloud Foundry on Azure from customers looking to accelerate their digital transformation in the cloud.”

The company said that the joint solution puts a strong emphasis on Java applications and will ship with support for Spring, an application framework that’s suited to building 12-factor apps. Customers will also be able to choose the location from which PCF is deployed from.

Cloud Foundry is a developer focused platform.

Cloud Foundry is a developer focused platform.

Pivotal said that joint customers such as GE, Ford, Dell, and Manulife are already deploying cloud-native applications to PCF on Microsoft Azure infrastructure and services.

Cloud Foundry is a platform that is focused on developers which is designed to make it easier to build, test, deploy and scale cloud applications that are written in different programming languages.

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The benefit of it now appearing natively on Azure is that developers should be able to gain a more consistent experience and be able to provision more easily thanks to the Azure Resource Manager templates.

Microsoft now provides a one-click marketplace deployment and Azure Service Broker which is designed to help customers use Azure services such as Storage, Azure SQL Database, Service Bus and Azure will also support Pivotal Cloud Foundry Ops Manager.

The two companies have been working together for the past year and the native collaboration is now fully available.

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