SUSE is launching Cloud Application Platform. Available in the cloud or on premises, Cloud Application Platform (CAP) is built around SUSE’s distribution of Cloud Foundry, the open source PaaS software.
As part of its CAP offering, SUSE has containerized its Cloud Foundry distribution.
“Because CAP is containerized, it’s lean,” said Jennifer Kotzen, Senior Product Marketing Manager at SUSE in an interview. “If you’re going to scale or recover from failure, it will start faster in a container rather than a VM.”
CAP uses a SUSE Kubernetes distribution to manage containers, taking advantage of the popularity of this orchestration platform. “Your Kubernetes investment in learning can be used to manage Cloud Foundry,” said Kotzen.
Kotzen said that by bringing Kubernetes into CAP, customers don’t have to learn Cloud Foundry’s lifecycle management software, called BOSH.
Note that native Cloud Foundry does support containers with its Container Runtime, which is based on Kubernetes, but also uses BOSH.
SUSE’s CAP is currently in limited availability for select customers. The company declined to say when it would go into general availability.
When it does, the company said it would run on Amazon; in SUSE OpenStack Cloud; on VMs from KVM, Xen, VMware, and Microsoft; and on bare metal.