Pivotal brings its cloud services to mobile for data apps; preps for world tour

Pivotal brings its cloud services to mobile for data apps; preps for world tour

Summary: The extra channel essentially brings the Platform-as-a-Service to a new access point, designed to encourage developers to use Pivotal CF for building data-driven enterprise apps.

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Given that the BYOD (bring-your-own-device) and mobile-first strategies are basically old hat in enterprise tech by now, it might seem a bit surprising that Pivotal is only just now extending its reach to mobile.

Nevertheless, the EMC-backed initiative launched in 2013 appears to be ready to tackle the mobile platform full force with the introduction of Pivotal CF Mobile Services.

The extra channel essentially brings the Platform-as-a-Service to a new access point, designed to encourage developers to use Pivotal CF for building data-driven enterprise apps.

These developers could have extra support and education on the mobile services thanks to Pivotal's Cloud Platform Roadshow, also announced on Wednesday as a series of workshops in more than a dozen major cities from Los Angeles to Munich through the end of the year.

The project also builds off of Pivotal's first acquisition last fall, mobile products developer Xtreme Labs, suggesting the mobile portfolio has been nearly a year in the making and counting.

Back in June, Pivotal president and head of products Scott Yara reiterated Pivotal's commitment to the open source community while speaking at the annual cloud-themed Gigaom Structure summit in San Francisco.

Yara described the software firm, spun out of EMC and another one of its subsidiaries VMware, as a "unique company" with a big data suite combining the powers of the Greenplum analytic database system, Hadoop-based data platforms, and GemFire, a scale-out data transaction database with real-time processing.

While the cloud market has been spinning out into a number of different directions over the last few years, Yara posited we're moving to a default of a multi-cloud world.

Following along those lines, Pivotal announced plans in July to work with Hortonworks on boosting enterprise-grade offerings on Apache Ambari, the Hortonworks framework for provisioning, managing and monitoring Apache Hadoop clusters.

Earlier this summer, Pivotal also tailored Pivotal CF for the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, giving developers the ability to move applications between private and public clouds with no code configuration or changes.

As for the Pivotal CF Mobile Services, those are scheduled to roll out by the end of the year.

Topics: Mobility, Cloud, Data Management, EMC, Open Source

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