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Pivotal Support Update Vol. 5


In This Issue

The Background of Spring Cloud Services

In the world of Microservices, Spring Cloud has been used to successfully modernize legacy Java Virtual Machine (JVM) based applications towards cloud-native architecture patterns. To bridge the gap between the traditional systems and to move the legacy system into the cloud, Spring is supporting an accelerated rate of change in business workflows. This has led to the rise of microservices in general, Spring Boot and Spring Cloud specifically; microservice architectures built with Spring tooling has given enterprises a proven path to upgrade legacy systems and rapidly respond to new business opportunities.

Spring Cloud Services (SCS) builds on the foundation of Spring Boot and Spring Cloud to simplify crucial patterns for microservices running on Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF). SCS includes Config Server, Circuit Breaker Dashboard, and Service Registry. This collection of services are ready-made options for developers who don’t want to implement, deploy, maintain, and upgrade their own Spring Cloud services. With SCS, developers can focus on delivering business value, while Pivotal secures, maintains, and operates these components.

Building Spring Microservices with Cloud Foundry's New Container Networking Stack On PWS

Do you know that you can build the Spring Microservices with Cloud Foundry's New Container Networking Stack? We’re excited to announce two new beta features for Pivotal Web Services (PWS)!

  • Spring Cloud Services (SCS) is available as a beta version in the PWS marketplace. SCS is an essential tool for building microservices architectures with Pivotal Cloud Foundry that is now available to any PWS user.
  • Secondly, the new Cloud Foundry container networking stack is available, also as a beta. This feature supports container-to-container networking. Using container networking, you can configure network policies for app-to-app interactions and tailor efficient routes between containers to boost security and reduce latency.

Read through this blog by Chris Sterling, Product Manager of Spring Cloud Services to know how easy it is to connect application clients and their dependent services in a more secure and efficient manner.

Microservices using Spring Cloud OSS

The following information would help you build your microservices on Spring Cloud.

Microservices allow large systems to be built up from a number of collaborating components. It does at the process level what Spring has always done at the component level: loosely coupled processes instead of loosely coupled components.

There are multiple training sessions on microservices. Below is an excerpt frommone such session:

Imagine an online shop with separate microservices for user-accounts, product-catalog order-processing and shopping carts. Inevitably there are a number of moving parts that you have to setup and configure to build such a system. How to get them working together is not obvious - you need to have good familiarity with Spring Boot since Spring Cloud leverages it heavily, several Netflix or other OSS projects are required and, of course, there is some Spring configuration “magic”!”

You can go through the entire blog here.

Spring Cloud Services 1.3

Spring Cloud (http://projects.spring.io/spring-cloud/) provides tools for Spring developers to quickly apply some of the common patterns found in distributed systems (e.g. configuration management, service discovery, circuit breakers, intelligent routing, micro-proxy, control bus). Coordination of distributed systems leads to boiler plate patterns, and using Spring Cloud, developers can quickly stand up services and applications that implement those patterns.

The Spring Cloud Services suite adds several of the central coordination services found in Spring Cloud to the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Marketplace.

Download Spring Cloud Services 1.3 from Pivotal Network.

For more information about Spring Cloud Services, the Service Registry, and Peer Replication Support, see the detailed user documentation below:

Follow the discussions on Spring Cloud OSS StackOverflow site to keep up to date.

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Top Knowledge Base Articles

Here are the Knowledge Base articles to help Cloud and Database Admins to improve productivity with Pivotal products. If you have any questions, you can write to gss-km@pivotal.io.

 Pivotal Cloud Foundry Elastic Runtime

Here is a list of Pivotal Cloud Foundry Elastic Runtime articles that you will find useful.

How To's:

Solution References:

 Pivotal Cloud Foundry Buildpacks

 Pivotal Cloud Foundry Ops Metrics, App Deployment, Services, and Bosh

 Pivotal Greenplum

 Pivotal GemFire

 Pivotal HDB

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 Product Updates

Here's a quick view of recent software updates and upcoming End Of General Support dates to help ensure that you are running the current release of your software. Please review to check if any of your products are listed here. You can find our Pivotal Support Lifecycle Policy which includes our Pivotal Lifecycle Matrix here. This page was last updated on 2/23/17.
New Releases  
Product Date
Greenplum Database 1/5/17
Pivotal HDB 12/19/16
Pivotal Cloud Foundry 1.9 12/15/16
Security Releases  
Product Date
Stemcells for PCF 3312.20 2/23/17
Stemcells for PCF 3233.14 2/23/17
Stemcells for PCF 3151.11 2/23/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Elastic Runtime 1.8.30 2/15/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Elastic Runtime 1.7.50 2/15/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Elastic Runtime 1.9.7 2/14/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Elastic Runtime 1.6.5 1/30/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Operations Manager 1.9.3 2/6/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Operations Manager 1.8.14 1/25/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Operations Manager 1.7.22 1/25/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Operations Manager 1.6.28 1/23/17
Recent and Upcoming End of General Support  
Product Date
Pivotal GemFire 7.0.2 2/28/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry 1.6 4/30/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry 1.7 4/30/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Metrics 1.0 4/30/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry JMX Bridge 1.7 4/30/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Log Search 1.0 4/30/17
MySQL for Pivotal Cloud Foundry 1.7.x 4/30/17
Greenplum Text 1.2.x 4/30/17
Greenplum Text 1.3.x 4/30/17
Pivotal HDB HAWQ 4/30/17
Pivotal HDB 1.3 (Formerly HAWQ 1.3) 4/30/17
Pivotal HD 2.0 4/30/17
Pivotal Command Center 2.2.1 4/30/17
Pivotal HD 3.0 4/30/17
Pivotal GemFire XD 1.0 (only sold with Pivotal HD) 4/30/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Elastic Runtime 1.6.x 4/30/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Elastic Runtime 1.7.x 4/30/17
Pivotal Cloud Foundry Ops Manager 1.7.9 4/30/17
Pivotal tc Server 3.1.x 5/1/17
Cloud Foundry Security Update
In January and February 2017, the PCF team released patches for 27 CVEs. More information can be found at http://pivotal.io/security. The most recent security releases for PCF include:
  • PCF Elastic Runtime 1.6.65, 1.7.50, 1.8.30, 1.9.7
  • PCF Operations Manager 1.6.28, 1.7.22, 1.8.14, 1.9.3

Please note that PCF Elastic Runtime 1.6 and 1.7 and PCF Ops Manager 1.7.9 will reach end of general support on 4/30/2017.

See our KB article on Pivotal Cloud Foundry Buildpack Changes for Elastic Runtime 1.8+.

Spring XD will reach End of Availability, End of Support, End of Life on July 29th, 2017.


**Special Notice of End of Service Life for EMC Data Computing Appliance Version 1 (DCA v1)**

The End of Service Life (EoSL) is March 31, 2017 for EMC DCA v1. Please note that EMC DCA v1 is a bundled product. The Pivotal Greenplum Database software that is part of EMC DCA v1 will also be EoSL on March 31, 2017. Where can I find support information about EMC DCA v1?  You can find out more information here, or by contacting Ted Schachter, Product Manager for DCA, at Ted.Schachter@dell.com.

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New Classes from Pivotal Training!

Are you responsible for managing your Pivotal Greenplum installation? Enroll in our new Pivotal Greenplum Administrator course and learn how to install, configure and manage Pivotal Greenplum. Key topics include data loading, backup and restore, data modeling, performance tuning strategies and more. 

Learn how to create enterprise-ready applications using Spring Boot with our new Spring Boot Developer class. This two-day course explores such major features as auto-configuration, data access, Actuator, and more. Best of all, this offering is now available as an eLearning class - providing students with 30-day access to self-paced videos, lab instructions and lab installers. 

Learn more about our complete portfolio of Pivotal Greenplum and Spring offerings by visiting our website.

Public Training Classes Available Through April! 

Do you want to learn how the Spring framework helps developers build modern microservices architectures and deliver business value quickly?

Interested in attending a hands-on, instructor-led class from Pivotal Training? Public classes are now scheduled through April and feature some of our newest offerings, including Pivotal Cloud Foundry Administrator, Spring Cloud Services, and Spring Boot Developer

Best of all, many of our public classes are taught in a virtual environment - providing real-time instruction while eliminating the time and expense associated with travel.  

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 Support News


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We are here for you, 24x7x365. The best place to go for Pivotal Knowledge Base and Support ticket information: https://support.pivotal.io

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 Upcoming Events Featuring Pivotal


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All Events

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 Meet Your Support Expert

Meet Lou-Ann, a Support Engineer for Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Apps.

lou-ann.pngMy Name is Lou-ann and I’m on the Pivotal Support Team working out of Sydney, Australia. As a Support Engineer for Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Apps products I enjoy getting the chance to really dive into issues a customer might be having. I get charged up by making the customer say, “That works!”, after I provide them with information. My aim is to help the customer in their day to day work."

Also, I love outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and camping, so I have a lot of energy which is good because there is never a dull moment here at Pivotal. There is always something new to learn at Pivotal and I enjoy taking that learning and sharing it with our customers.


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