October 2, 2019 By Joshua Packer 2 min read

Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment on IBM Cloud Private 3.2.1 continues its general availability, now using Cloud Foundry Foundation 6.10.

Our continued focus is on bringing Cloud Foundry applications and native Kubernetes closer together as we work toward Project Eirini (technical preview in IBM Public Cloud). This tightened integration is also showcased in our Spring Cloud and Cloud Provider Service capabilities.

What you get

IBM Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment continues to provide an isolated environment for managing your applications and services. You can connect your environment through Open Service Brokers with multiple cloud providers, letting you combine local and public cloud services in your Cloud Foundry applications.

The community roots and the certified deployment of Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment guarantee that your existing application workload continues to work as deployed. Not only is there application compatibility, but service and API consistency as well. These features allow for seamless usage of a Kubernetes infrastructure while maintaining compatibility with your existing Cloud Foundry pipelines and services.

Tighter Kubernetes integration

Fully exploiting and integrating with Kubernetes has major advantages. As a platform hosting Cloud Foundry, the customizable nature of Kubernetes means that there are new network, storage, and application possibilities. 

Now that middleware (IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service) can live on the same platform as the application, the complete set of application components can maintain a similar security and zone posture. Your application performance, reliability, and architecture all benefit from the simple convergence on Kubernetes.

As we continue to evolve the platform, Project Eirini’s use of native Kubernetes containers for Cloud Foundry applications will move front and center. This shift will help to strengthen the composition of your Cloud Foundry applications as services, network, containers, and scheduler all come directly from the Kubernetes platform.

IBM Cloud Pak strategy

With IBM’s Cloud Pak strategy, there hasn’t been a better time to be working with Cloud Foundry. All of the containerized middleware, automation, data services, and integration technology can be made available via the Cloud Foundry marketplace or user-defined services. You can have all the benefit of cloud services running right in your data center. IBM helps you bring together Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment and IBM Cloud Private with IBM Cloud Paks for Data, Integration, Applications, Automation, and Multicloud Management.

Next steps

Special thanks to my editor Lindsay Martin

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