Canopy launches Pivotal-based Cloud Foundry 'as a service'

Canopy, backed by EMC and VMware, has launched its new platform as a service based on Pivotal CF.

Canopy — the cloud subsidiary of Atos backed by VMware and EMC — has launched Canopy Cloud Fabric, based on Pivotal's refreshed distribution of Cloud Foundry (CF).

Announced on Thursday at the Cloud Foundry Summit, Canopy's new platform as a service offering is aimed at large businesses, and offers enterprise service level agreements and different tenancy, hosting and pricing options — along with customisation and development services to nudge along enterprise PaaS deployments.

Canopy Cloud Fabric uses Pivotal CF, an enterprise distribution of Cloud Foundry that EMC and Pivotal launched late last year under a platform-as-a-service model designed for private enterprise clouds.

The new platform builds on an "open cloud computing" alliance between European IT services provider Atos, EMC and its subsidiary VMware that was struck up in 2012. At the time, Atos created Canopy, with commitments from EMC and VMware to invest in the company.

Canopy's new product follows a refresh to Pivotal CF announced earlier this week that allows enterprise to choose multiple availability zones to add redundancy to their applications, a new dashboard for admins, and improved monitoring tools.

Other capabilities introduced in the update include Pivotal CF support for Redis, MongoDB, Neo4j, Riak CS and Apache Cassandra. It also introduced support for more runtimes, including with new build packs for Go, Python and PHP, in addition to Java, Ruby and Node.js applications. 

Pivotal CF is Pivotal's effort to merge and advance technologies from its two parents, EMC and VMware. The subsidiary, which also has its Hadoop distribution Pivotal HD, is a collection of assets from EMC and VMware , including Greenplum and VMware's vFabric, SpringSource and Gemstone as well as Cetas and CloudFoundry.

Since May , Pivotal CF has been supported by VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service.

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