What exactly is a cloud-native platform? It’s certainly a hot topic in IT, as enterprises today assess this option for developing and delivering software quickly and repeatedly. This O’Reilly report explains the capabilities of cloud-native platforms and examines the fundamental changes enterprises need to make in process, organization, and culture if they’re to take real advantage of this approach.
Author Duncan Winn focuses on the open source platform Cloud Foundry, one of the more prominent cloud-native providers. You’ll learn how cloud-native applications are designed to be "infrastructure unaware" so they can thrive and move at will in the highly distributed and constantly evolving cloud environment.
With this report, you’ll explore:
Technical driving forces that are rapidly changing the way organizations develop and deliver software today
How key concepts underpinning the Cloud Foundry platform leverage each of the technical forces discussed
How cloud-native platforms remove the requirement to perform undifferentiated heavy lifting, such as provisioning VMs, middleware, and databases
Why cloud-native platforms enable fast feedback loops as you move from agile development to agile deployment
Recommended changes and practical considerations for organizations that want to build cloud-native applications
With a deep passion for enterprise operations and development, Duncan has been working on Cloud Foundry for Pivotal since Pivotal formed in 2013. He currently works with numerous companies ranging from telco, health, industrial, retail and finance to help them architect hardened Cloud Foundry environments and related services to get the most out of an Agile Platform in a production setting. Prior to moving to the US, he was the EMEA Cloud Foundry Developer Advocate for Pivotal. He organized the London Cloud Foundry MeetUp and ran Pivotal's UK Field Engineering team. He is very active in the Cloud Foundry community and runs a weekly blog: thisweekincf.com.
If you are looking for Pivotal Cloud Foundry sales pitch and have very basic awareness of DevOps and cloud concepts, you will not be disappointed.
For people who look for meaningful details about "what" exactly Cloud Foundry and "how" it works - you will have to look somewhere else. While the material is not exactly wrong, it fails to be useful.
Specifically, please beware: - the brochure discusses the DevOps, Agile, PaaS, cloud topics in terms that do not make them clear for novice and are too common place for those with understanding and experience in these areas, - the material stays on very high level, abstracting from specifics and meaningful details, - when it focuses on benefits of Cloud Foundry, it tends to use broad "warm-and-fuzzy" terms that supposed to make you feel good (self-healing, builtin resilience) without explaining to what degree and in what context they are applicable, - the material blissfully ignores any limitations and shortcomings of the Cloud Foundry and completely avoids addressing obvious questions (such as: how Cloud Foundry manages to be compatible with multiple IaaS providers and provide a uniform way of accessing them without becoming the lowest common denominator of their features?)
Please note, that the Cloud Foundry itself is a good product, the criticism here applies only to the brochure.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend