Cloud Foundry Now Supports .NET, Azure Natively

Pivotal's Cloud Foundry 1.6 platform allows .NET apps to run on Pivotal's cloud, as well as on a number of ALM toolchain products.

Pivotal Software Inc. has released a new version of its Cloud Foundry (PCF) platform with expanded support for .NET applications, as well as Microsoft Azure and several ALM toolchain products.

The native support for .NET applications means apps can now run on the PCF 1.6 platform and allows early access support for Microsoft's Azure cloud. ".NET is the No. 2 enterprise language, and we have a lot of customers who are dying to use it with Cloud Foundry," said James Watters, vice president of Product, Marketing and Ecosystems in Pivotal's Cloud Foundry group. "This is the first enterprise-grade platform for cloud native apps to add .NET support."

PCF 1.6 also underscores Pivotal's ongoing partnering strategy with new relationships with GitLab, CloudBees and JFrog. Customers can use Pivotal's Tracker project management tool to integrate platform-managed versions of the GitLab source code repository, the Jenkins for continuous integration/continuous delivery server and the Artifactory binary repository manager.

GitLab is coming to the platform natively. "The cool thing about GitLab is they're like GitHub Enterprise, but open source," Watters said. "So, as we need features in the platform, we can contribute them."

"Enterprise companies are seeking control of their development tool chain as a source of competitive advantage," said Sytse Sijbrandij, GitLab co-founder and CEO, in a statement. "It is more flexible, more integrated, and more secure. The Pivotal and GitLab collaboration is a natural outcome of this larger trend, and we are thrilled to be the source control repository of choice for application development on Pivotal Cloud Foundry."

Pivotal's commercial version of the open source Cloud Foundry, launched in 2013, comes with a self-healing application runtime, support for open source programming languages and frameworks, deployment tools, centralized logging, health monitoring and an application services framework.

According to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, the increasingly used term "cloud native" refers to application development that involves systems that are container packaged, dynamically managed and microservices-oriented.

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