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What is Cloud Foundry?

Cloud Foundry ensures that the build and deploy aspects of coding remain carefully coordinated with any attached services — resulting in quick, consistent and reliable iterating of applications.

As an industry-standard platform as a service (PaaS), Cloud Foundry ensures the fastest, easiest and most reliable deployment of cloud-native applications. IBM offers the Cloud Foundry PaaS in several hosting models, allowing you to customize your PaaS experience and balance a range of considerations, including price, deployment speed and security.


Feature spotlights

Choose your own language

Cloud Foundry includes runtimes for Java, Node.js, PHP, Python, Ruby, ASP.NET, Tomcat, Swift and Go. Community build packs are also available. Combined with DevOps services, the application runtimes enable a delivery pipeline that automates much of the iterative development process.

Fault tolerant

Runtimes facilitate developing applications as stateless processes. These processes quickly start and stop, replicate if an instance fails, and duplicate if sustained or increased performance is required.

Extend apps with services

Runtimes link IBM Cloud® services to applications as endpoints, giving any instance of an application embedded knowledge of how to manage relevant calls and data. Runtimes manage all linked resources this way. This includes SDKs, APIs (whether as cloud services or from a traditional enterprise as custom services), and applications when used as resources by other applications.


Free tier — Up to 256 MB cost-free

Try it at no cost, no expiration. Access more than 40 always-free products when you create your account.

Community runtimes — First 186 GB-hours cost-free, 0.07 cents per GB-hour after

Go, PHP, Tomcat, Python and Ruby

IBM runtimes — 0.07 cents per GB-hour

Liberty for Java, Node.js, ASP.NET, Swift

Use these step-by-step tutorials

Deploy across regions

This tutorial walks you through creating, securing and deploying a web application across multiple regions by using a continuous delivery pipeline. Like many other starter applications in IBM Cloud®, you will use a Node.js starter application for this tutorial.

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workflow diagram of a web application continuous delivery pipeline

Modern web application using MEAN stack

This tutorial walks you through the creation of a web application using the popular MEAN stack. It is composed of a MongoDB database, Express web framework, Angular front-end framework and a Node.js runtime.

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workflow diagram of app development using the MEAN stack

Analyze logs and monitor health of a Cloud Foundry application

Get hands-on experience using a log analysis service to monitor the health of Python-based Cloud Foundry applications running in the cloud, and diagnose possible problems they may present.

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workflow diagram of monitoring apps using log analysis

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