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OpenShift vs. Pivotal Cloud Foundry
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"The developers seem to like the source-to-image feature. That makes it easy for them to deploy an application from code into containers, so they don't have to think about things. They take it straight from their code into a containerized application. If you don't have OpenShift, you have to build the container and then deploy the container to, say, EKS or something like that.""Provides support throughout the whole platform.""The scalability of OpenShift combined with Kubernetes is good. At least from the software standpoint, it becomes quite easy to handle the scalability through configuration. You need to constantly monitor the underlying infrastructure and ensure that it has adequate provisioning. If you have enough infrastructure, then managing the scalability is quite easy which is done through configuration.""The company had a product called device financing, where the company worked as a partner with Google. It allowed customers to take mobile phones on loan or via credit. When we migrated those services to OpenShift in February last year, we were able to sell over 100,000 devices in a single day, which was very good.""The solution provides a lot of flexibility to the application team for running their applications in the container platform, without needing to monitor the entire infrastructure all the time. It automatically scales and automatically self-heals. There is also a mechanism to alert the team in case it is over-committing or overutilizing the application."

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"PCF is open, so the applications run really smoothly and with little downtime.""The most valuable features are the monitoring and the deployment is easier.""Pivotal Cloud Foundry is very easy to use compared to other cloud technologies. It has a very good performance."

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"The software-defined networking part of it caused us quite a bit of heartburn. We ran into a lot of problems with the difference between on-prem and cloud, where we had to make quite a number of modifications... They've since resolved it, so it's not really an issue anymore.""Documentation and technical support could be improved. The product is good, but when we raise a case with support—say we are having an image issue—the support is not really up to the mark. It is difficult to get support... When we raise a case, their support people will hesitate to get on a call or a screen-sharing session. That is a major drawback when it comes to OpenShift.""The solution only offers support for one server.""OpenShift could improve by providing the ability to integrate with public cloud platforms. This way we can easily use the services that these platforms offer. For instance, Amazon AWS. However, all the three major hyper-scalers solutions offer excellent DevOps and CI/CD tooling. If there was an easy way to integrate with them it would be beneficial. We need a way to easily integrate with the monitoring and dashboard services that they provide.""The whole area around the hybrid cloud could be improved. I would like to deploy a Red Hat OpenShift cluster on-premise and on the cloud, then have Red Hat do the entire hybrid cloud management."

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"In the next release, I would like to see easy integration with external tools.""It is not straightforward to setup.""Pivotal Cloud Foundry is not scalable, infinitely, because when you install it on a set of virtual machines it is very hard to scale. It's easy to scale on an application level, but not it is not similar to if you were using Amazon. Amazon you can scale thousands of applications."

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  • "I don't deal with the cost part, but I know that the cost is very high when compared to other products. They charge for CPU and memory, but we don't worry about it."
  • "We had a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) license for all our servers' operating systems. By having multiple Red Hat products together, you can negotiate costs and leverage on having a sort of enterprise license agreement to reduce the overall outlay or TCO."
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  • "You're paying for the number of virtual machines you want to install in the installation."
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    Top Answer:Open Shift makes managing infrastructure easy because of self-healing and automatic scaling. There is also a wonderful dashboard mechanism to alert us in case the application is over-committing or is… more »
    Top Answer:Pivotal Cloud Foundry is a cloud-native application platform to simplify app delivery. It is efficient and effective. The best feature is how easy it is to handle external services such as database… more »
    Top Answer:The developers seem to like the source-to-image feature. That makes it easy for them to deploy an application from code into containers, so they don't have to think about things. They take it straight… more »
    Top Answer:Pivotal Cloud Foundry is very easy to use compared to other cloud technologies. It has a very good performance.
    Top Answer:You're paying for the number of virtual machines you want to install in the installation.
    Top Answer:Pivotal Cloud Foundry is a microservice architecture for enterprises.
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    Also Known As
    PCF, Pivotal Application Service (PAS), Pivotal Container Service (PKS), Pivotal Function Service (PFS)
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    Overview

    OpenShift is Red Hat's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that allows developers to quickly develop, host, and scale applications in a cloud environment. With OpenShift you have a choice of offerings, including online, on-premise, and open source project options.

    Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) is the leading enterprise PaaS, powered by Cloud Foundry. PCF provides a cloud-native application platform that allows you to continuously deliver any app to every major private and public cloud with a single platform. PCF is proven to accelerate feature delivery with higher developer productivity and a 200:1 developer to operator ratio. PCF's built-in security and self-healing capabilities reduce risk in your app portfolio while maintaining high-availability at scale to keep customer facing systems online even in the most challenging circumstances. pivotal.io

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    Sample Customers
    UPS, Cathay Pacific, Hilton
    Humana, Citibank, Mercedes Benz, Liberty Mutual, The Home Depot, GE, West Corp, Merrill Corporation, CoreLogic, Orange, Dish Network, Comcast, Bloomberg, Internal Revenue Service, Ford Motor Company, Garmin, Volkswagen, Solera, Allstate, US Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, ScotiaBank
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company18%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Pharma/Biotech Company9%
    Non Tech Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Insurance Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm28%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise70%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise75%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise82%
    Buyer's Guide
    OpenShift vs. Pivotal Cloud Foundry
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about OpenShift vs. Pivotal Cloud Foundry and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    607,127 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    OpenShift is ranked 4th in PaaS Clouds with 5 reviews while Pivotal Cloud Foundry is ranked 9th in PaaS Clouds with 3 reviews. OpenShift is rated 7.6, while Pivotal Cloud Foundry is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of OpenShift writes "Managing infrastructure is easy because of self-healing and automatic scaling, but technical support is not up to the mark". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Pivotal Cloud Foundry writes "High performance, reliable, and straightforward implementation". OpenShift is most compared with Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, VMware Tanzu Application Service, Oracle Cloud Platform and VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), whereas Pivotal Cloud Foundry is most compared with Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, VMware Tanzu Application Service and Google App Engine. See our OpenShift vs. Pivotal Cloud Foundry report.

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