Found at CF Summit: The Secret Pipelines of Agile Cloud Operators

Cross posted from my LinkedIn articles.

Last week, more than 1400 developers and IT operators converged on Santa Clara to attend the 2017 Cloud Foundry Summit. They came to learn about the latest advances in the Cloud Foundry platform and approaches for helping development teams to deliver software faster.

I was following a deeper thread: how can we help operators of Cloud Foundry to become more agile themselves in delivering the CF platform?

Like any platform, the steps for installing or updating Cloud Foundry involve a long serial set of tasks. For example: you set up and deploy infrastructure, and install and configure official releases of the software. Depending on the actual project, there may also be backups of prior state, data and app migration, and a battery of smoke tests, and regression tests to conduct. Then a move to production: rebinding applications, cutting over to new versions of servers etc. 

For many customers running Cloud Foundry at scale, this is repeated several times with slight differences to each of their several Cloud Foundry deployments.

Take for example, Verizon Wireless who runs 12 Foundations of Cloud Foundry hosting more than 100 apps and 4000 containers.

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