Small scale, big plans

Micro Cloud Foundry gets bumper update, roadmap laid out

The on-premise version of VMware’s in beta cloud platform Micro Cloud Foundry has this week received a huge update, bringing with it several new features.

Micro Cloud Foundry has all the features of the regular version, but crucially allows developers to set up an instance on a single virtual machine on their computer. With so many enterprises wary of pushing their application out into the wild, the testing ground of Micro Cloud Foundry is touted as an ideal place to learn the inner workings of PaaS.

It seems VMware recognise the importance of having such a proving ground, and have accordingly put a lot of work into the version. Language support is strengthened through “enhanced” Ruby and Node.js support, whilst running standalone apps (such as Resque workers and Spring background tasks) is no longer a problem.

Java 7 improvement are on the agenda too, enabling applications such as vert.x and containers needing NIO, such as Netty. Scala is bolstered through “explicit support for Play 2.0”. Giving the developer choice should be imperative for any cloud platform, as should the need to tap into as many communities as possible.

Bigger changes are afoot for the Micro Cloud Foundry team, announcing modifications alongside the release to maintain the relationship to the full platform. This means more frequent releases for Micro Cloud Foundry users so they can “stay on the bleeding edge”. Updates will be tagged with a release version (i.e. v116) that is the same as CloudFoundry.com, following its twice weekly update schedule.

Also planned by the team is a greater level of automated testing, as you’d expect with the condensed release cycle, plus a new web and REST interface to tie it all together. Keeping the two projects intrinsically linked is logical and hopefully these changes should help both continue to grow within the number of communities they’re aiming for.

If your interest has been piqued by the improvements, download the newest version here.

Chris Mayer

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