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Cloud Foundry and the Application Cloud Revolution
by Bernard Golden

Bernard Golden, June 3, 2014

Cloud computing, in the form of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) has brought a real revolution to the use of computing infrastructure. In the past, resource provisioning commonly took multiple weeks or even months. IaaS, underpinned by the flexibility of virtualization, has reduced resource provisioning timeframes to hours – or even minutes.

It does not take a fortuneteller to predict that the next frontier of cloud computing will be in applications; specifically, the IaaS revolution will soon be matched by a restructuring of the ways applications are designed, deployed, and operated. Using application frameworks, organizations will reduce application lifecycles as dramatically as they used IaaS to reduce their infrastructure timeframes. Naturally, there is a term for these frameworks: Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). While a number of PaaS offerings have been released into the marketplace, the offering with the largest ecosystem and vendor adoption is Cloud Foundry.

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Named in Wired.com as one of the ten most influential people in cloud computing, Bernard has extensive experience working with organizations to help them adopt and integrate cloud computing effectively. He will help ActiveState customers apply best practices and meet their goals as they leverage the cloud with Stackato®. Prior to joining ActiveState, he was Senior Director, Cloud Computing Enterprise Solutions, for Dell Enstratius. Before joining Dell Enstratius, Bernard was CEO of HyperStratus, a cloud computing consultancy serving enterprises and service providers across the globe. Bernard acts as an advisor for organizations that leverage his cloud computing expertise to accelerate their success, such as Nirmata, and the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW). He is the author or co-author of four books on virtualization, including Virtualization for Dummies, the most popular book on the topic ever published, and Amazon Web Services for Dummies. Bernard is also the cloud computing advisor for CIO Magazine, where his highly respected blog is read by tens of thousands of people each month. He is a highly regarded speaker and presents at conferences throughout the world.