Pivotal Enterprise PaaS Integrates Open Source for Future Cloud Applications

By on 23/05/2015

Not a year ago, that EMC and VMware formed the pivotal initiative. Nevertheless, the project already looks back on an eventful history. Pivotal helps organizations create web based applications that can be migrated from in-house data center to the cloud server managed by Amazon, VMware environment and OpenStack, the open source project backed by Rackspace.

Last month, the company announced Pivotal One, the new open source multi-cloud platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution based on Pivotal CF and enterprise-distribution of Cloud Foundry. With Pivotal One, enterprises applications can be developed in a jiffy and production environment can be set up easily for fast deployment.

In addition to a multilanguage development environment (Node.js, Ruby, Java, .Net), the platform comes with four services that might be considered the basics of future large-scale applications – Hadoop big data handling, an analytics service, messaging, and a relational database service.

Pivotal said that the delivery of first version of Pivotal One basically puts a ready-to-run, development-through-production environment at the fingertips of any enterprise. With a few simple commands, cloud operators in enterprises can set up and deploy the kinds of horizontally scalable development environments that were previously only possible with large, internal IT developer services competencies that the Internet giants could afford.

With an aim to attract developers, Pivotal also announced availability of Pivotal CF, an enterprise distribution of Cloud Foundry. Pivotal CF is to offer a commercial platform built on top of open source Cloud Foundry. Those responsible for Pivotal compare the solution to an Android cloud, an open model that allows the migration of applications. It is a market segment increasingly boiling where Amazon Web Services has built a multibillion-dollar business by allowing companies to use server and storage on a pay per use.

Pivotal One services include add-ons such as Pivotal HD, Pivotal AX, Pivotal RabbitMQ, and MySQL include automatic application binding and service provisioning. The Pivotal HD service for Pivotal CF enables cloud operators to build, manage, and scale Hadoop as a natively integrated Pivotal CF Service. Pivotal AX is next-generation analytics software that is purpose-built on Pivotal HD and deploys and scales as the Pivotal CF Service. Pivotal RabbitMQ is a message broker for applications running on Pivotal CF.

Among the services that will constitute the foundation for future large-scale applications in Pivotal One include Apache Hadoop, big data analytics (Pivotal AX), messaging between applications (RabbitMQ) services and relational databases (MySQL).

Pivotal’s success will be a milestone for the technology industry. In a bid to compete with Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others, Pivotal is currently banking on a chance to revolutionize the way in which big businesses create software. With a few simple commands in Pivotal One, cloud operators in enterprises can set up and deploy the kinds of horizontally scalable development environments previously only possible with large, internal IT developer services competencies that the Internet giants could afford. Pivotal aims to fill the gaps in the services offered by Amazon’s AWS, Google, and Microsoft – all of which offer similar cloud-based services but lack aspects of the business software creation capability.