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The Sessions Every IT Leader Should Attend at Cloud Foundry Summit Boston


on April 12, 2018

Next week I will be attending the Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston. Visiting Cloud Foundry Summit is becoming a yearly tradition ever since the first summit. Mendix has been part of the Cloud Foundry foundation from the early days as we saw the value of an open source Platform-as-a-Service that focuses on interoperability and portability early on.

I’m especially looking forward to this year’s edition as there are several key movements in the ecosystem that need vision and discussion. More specifically:

  1. How Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes can join forces to become the best container runtime
  2. How Serverless / function-PaaS can become part of the Cloud Foundry ecosystem
  3. How low-code is driving Cloud Foundry adoption and what place it should get in the ecosystem

Not totally unrelated, I’m most interested in attending the following sessions:

1. Building Dynamic Apps at Scale in Your Cloud Foundry Environment

Wednesday, April 18 at 4:20 pm
I will team up with Nick Ford, Chief Technology Evangelist at Mendix to give a demo on how low-code platforms can leverage Cloud Foundry to build a dynamically adapting app architecture. Low-code is solving the challenge of speed and collaboration in delivering apps, and Cloud Foundry brings control into this equation. Low-code is the abstraction and automation for developing and evolving apps, Cloud Foundry is the abstraction and automation for deploying and operating apps. The combination brings real business value and I can’t wait for Nick to demonstrate this.

2. Using Cloud Foundry Container Runtime to Run Your Kubernetes Clusters

Thursday, April 19 at 11:25 am

I am interested to discover more about the Cloud Foundry Container Runtime, an OSS project developed jointly by Vmware, Pivotal and Google. In this presentation, speakers from VMware and Pivotal will demonstrate deployment of Kubernetes using BOSH, featuring deployment across multiple IaaSes, cluster healing, cluster upgrade and cluster creation.

3. Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes – Will It Blend?

Thursday, April 19 at 5:25 pm

This session is particularly interesting because as Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes join forces, they could become the best container runtime on the market. This session will include speakers from IBM, SAP, Microsoft, Google, SUSE and Pivotal, who will discuss the vision these companies have for the future of the two runtimes in terms of integrating them, but also the vision for developers, and how they can take advantage of the opportunities both runtimes bring to the table when it comes to developing and operating solutions.

4. FaaS & Furious: Running Serverless Apps on Multiple Clouds with CF Container Runtime and Project Riff

Friday, April 20 at 11:25 am

Not only is the name of the session great, but Guillermo, the Principle Platform Architect at Pivotal, will explain how organizations can leverage Cloud Foundry Container Runtime and Project Riff to build a Function-as-a-Service platform that lets you run and automatically scale your polyglot functions in response to a variety of events on-premises and in the public cloud.

5. The Twelve Factor Function

Friday, April 20 at 12:05 pm

Every year there are more and more options for where to run a piece of code, PaaS, CaaS or Faas? App developers follow guidelines to ensure their apps can run anywhere, but what about functions? How can we make sure functions run anywhere? In this session, a software engineer at Pivotal will migrate functionality from within an app on Cloud Foundry Application Runtime to a collection of functions running as services on Riff.

6. Running Multi-Cloud Microservices with Cloud Foundry

Friday, April 20 at 4:25 pm

What does it take to have an application be highly available to users in regions all over the globe? How do you take advantage of “Best in Cloud” features from multiple cloud providers? These are just some of the questions that technologists are grappling within the new multi-cloud reality. I am excited to confront some of these questions in this session, the speakers from Pivotal will present an example of a Java-based microservices application running globally on multiple clouds, taking advantage of different infrastructures and services including Spring Cloud.

I’m looking forward to meeting the great people in the community and discuss new innovations and future roadmaps next week!

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