April 18, 2018 | Written by: Carl Swanson and Ananda Debnath
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IBM Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment (Experimental)
We’re delighted to be working on a new offering in the IBM Cloud Foundry compute, called the Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment. This offering provides a version of Cloud Foundry deployed into a customer’s IBM Cloud account in any of our worldwide regions.
The IBM Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment provides a tenant-specific Cloud Foundry environment for hosting a customer’s applications allowing compute isolation, administrative control and change management for the environment. It can be provisioned on-demand from the IBM Cloud console and scaled up or down as a customer’s needs evolve.
- Self-service UX for users to create & scale their own CF environments, rapidly deployed and dynamically updated
- Integrated tightly into the IBM Cloud console
- Self-selected levels of compute isolation for the environment – virtual or hardware
- A developer experience identical to IBM Cloud Foundry Public
- Complete administrative control to the environment (access to all CF CLI commands)
- Self-applied single-click updates for the CF environment – IBM provides all the updates
- Integrated with the IBM One-Cloud
IBM Cloud Foundry has a range of of deployment options, including Public, Dedicated, and Private. To those are now added this new method, the Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment, which lives in the Public space.
The IBM Cloud Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment is available in two deployment models in a customer’s infrastructure:
- Shared – where their isolated environment is deployed on shared infrastructure
- Dedicated – where their isolated environment is deployed on dedicated infrastructure
While the user experience and features of both are exactly alike, enterprise customers can choose between these two options depending on their specific isolation and performance profile needs.
Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment offers:
- A simple web application developer experience that removes the burden of infrastructure management – no VMs to provision, no runtimes or application servers to install or configure
- Portability of applications across multiple Cloud Foundry environments
- Dynamic and automated application lifecycle management
- Role based access control for separation of concerns
- Administrative control over the full environment – for managing users, applications, changes and everything in between
- Ability to deploy applications to any of the IBM Cloud Single or Multi Zone Regions (SZR and MZR respectively, giving customers the ability to pick the geographies in which their sensitive workloads run.)
The Cloud Foundry authentication and authorization framework works in conjunction with IBM Cloud and is fully integrated with IBMid, IAM and Resource Groups, enabling customers to manage users and roles at a Global scale. Customers can choose to bind their applications to services available in the same zone or region. Cloud Foundry developers are enabled to build rich applications, at the scale needed by their enterprises, while using the rich portfolio of IBM Cloud Services to speed up time-to-market and innovate as fast as their customers need them to.
We are releasing this as a closed Experimental Release in its early stages to gather feedback from knowledgeable users and to carefully test the system. We will deliver changes incrementally, as a proper agile project, over time. Future steps will be Beta and then General Availability.
How can you get involved with and early-access to this exciting technology?
If you would like to engage this early Experimental access program for Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment, please apply. You’ll need an IBM Cloud account, and you can get started free here.
We look forward to engaging with you!