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Cloud Native Ecosystem / Software Development

Why Use a Platform Instead of Building Your Own?

Apr 24th, 2019 10:02am by
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Abby Kearns
With nearly twenty years in the tech world, Abby is a true veteran of the industry. Her lengthy career has spanned product marketing, product management and consulting across Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. As executive director of Cloud Foundry Foundation, Abby helms the ecosystem of developers, users and applications running on Cloud Foundry, and works closely with the board to drive the Foundation’s vision and grow the open source project. Prior to Cloud Foundry Foundation, Abby focused on Pivotal Cloud Foundry as part of the Product Management team at Pivotal. She spent eight years at Verizon where she led product management and product marketing teams dedicated to the early days of cloud services. In her free time, Abby enjoys indulging in food and wine, and spending time with her husband and son.

At the Cloud Foundry Foundation, our commitment is to our developers who use and build the Cloud Foundry platform every day. Part of how we accomplish this is to support a variety of technologies so Cloud Foundry can continue to be the most adaptable and evolutionary cloud native platform.

For us, our members and contributors, this means we embrace interoperability. Our cloud application platform is defined not only by the technologies we’ve developed, but also by a variety of innovative open source projects started outside of the Cloud Foundry community.

Cloud Foundry remains focused on providing a powerful resource that is multiplatform, multicloud and multilingual.

As technologies mature, we’re adding them to the platform at a regular cadence. This approach is appreciated by many of our enterprise end users, who want to take advantage of the latest in cloud native technologies but are not interested in building a team that focuses on identifying, tracking and maintaining these technologies. It’s also a welcome change for IT leaders who are concerned about being locked into a closed or otherwise restrictive platform that no longer meets their needs.

Worry Less, Develop More

Cloud Foundry is the best platform for developers. We keep this vision in mind every day as we consider how the Foundation and the platform continue to evolve. We believe that a cloud native platform should equip developers with cutting-edge technologies, as well as a framework for constant iteration and automating as many tasks as possible.

Developers have a lot of issues to sift through. Worrying about bringing various technologies together should not be one of them.

Unfettered access to a central framework is a huge benefit for developers. By constantly evolving and growing, Cloud Foundry makes it simple to take advantage of new technologies.

I understand this is a leap of faith, much like stepping into an autonomously driven vehicle for the first time. All of a sudden you don’t get to choose where your application is deployed or how you might make minor configurations and troubleshoot on the fly.

But like how driverless cars pilot themselves, we are taking humans out of the equation. This not only makes it safer and more secure, but it also reduces an organization’s exposure to data breaches and human error. Best of all, it allows developers to accomplish their goals at a much greater scale in dramatically less time.

Why Interoperability Is Critical

If your organization is running its own environment with solutions built in-house, those challenges rest squarely on the business. Who’s maintaining operations? Where is it being managed? These challenges can cause unnecessary stress for the most sophisticated and forward-thinking enterprises.

When IT leaders get more comfortable running their apps in containers and worry less about what’s happening behind the scenes, they have the freedom and flexibility to focus their efforts on building awesome apps. That’s what we’re all here for at the end of the day, right? Businesses crave and thrive on applications that improve processes and boost their ability to succeed by staying ahead of the curve.

Why not let us take the worry out of the equation? We at the Cloud Foundry Foundation keep a close eye on how cloud native technologies are evolving, and Cloud Foundry is a platform that takes care of critical updates when they become available. When a massive security vulnerability is discovered, as was the case with runC recently, Cloud Foundry will have it patched and updated within minutes — and, of course, there is no downtime.

The value in integrating all these technologies isn’t just about accessibility; it’s about reducing the worries that come with understanding and maintaining new (and quickly evolving) technologies. Security vulnerabilities are a given. Cloud Foundry lets you rest easy because we’ve got your back.

Let us drive the car for you. You decide where you want to go and what you hope to experience when you get there.

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