anynines and Cloud Foundry
anynines is based on Cloud Foundry, an open source platform as a service framework. Thanks to an installation automation technology called Bosh, one of Cloud Foundry’s advantages is infrastructure agnosticism. This means that there is no tight coupling of anynines to any infrastructure provider.
anynines’ start on VMware
Cloud Foundry’s early ties to VMware, anynines started on a VMware infrastructure operated by our befriended datacenter Skyway Datacenter GmbH.
A little about the background. Back in the early days, Cloud Foundry has been funded and developed by VMware and hence first versions have been developed against and run on a VMware infrastructure.
So for us at anynines it seemed obvious that VMware will be the best supported infrastructure, so far. In addition, anynines’ approach was based on the lean startup paradigm. So the first experiments were about figuring out how hard it is to get a working Cloud Foundry setup. Which was surprisingly easy! So it was an logical choice to stay close to Cloud Foundry’s reference installation CloudFoundry.com and use VMware, at least in the first place.
Finding the right infrastructure technology
However, in the meanwhile Pivotal has been founded and took over the Cloud Foundry development. They also drove forward a support for other infrastructures such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OpenStack. (more…)