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Cloud Foundry vs OpenShift: What are the differences?

Cloud Foundry and OpenShift are both popular open-source platforms for deploying and managing cloud-native applications. Let's explore the key differences between the two platforms:

  1. Architecture: Cloud Foundry follows a "principles over configuration" approach, where it provides a higher level of abstraction and hides many of the underlying infrastructure details. On the other hand, OpenShift takes a more flexible approach by providing a container platform built on top of Kubernetes. This allows users to have more control over the underlying infrastructure and directly interact with Kubernetes resources.

  2. Community and Ecosystem: Cloud Foundry has a strong and established community with a focus on enterprise-grade solutions. It offers a wide range of services and frameworks that can be easily integrated into applications. OpenShift, being built on Kubernetes, benefits from the large and active Kubernetes community. It has a wider ecosystem of tools and support for various container-related technologies.

  3. Ease of Use: Cloud Foundry is known for its simplicity and ease of use. It abstracts away much of the complexity involved in deploying and managing applications, making it easier for developers to focus on application development. OpenShift, being more customizable and flexible, requires a higher learning curve and more expertise to effectively use and manage.

  4. Deployment Flexibility: Cloud Foundry is primarily focused on public and private cloud deployments, with less emphasis on hybrid cloud or on-premises environments. OpenShift, being based on Kubernetes, offers more flexibility in deployment options. It can be deployed on public clouds, private clouds, or on-premises, making it well-suited for hybrid cloud and multi-cloud architectures.

  5. Integration with Existing Infrastructure: Cloud Foundry provides built-in support for various infrastructure and cloud providers, making it easier to integrate with existing infrastructure. OpenShift, being based on Kubernetes, also offers integration with popular infrastructure providers, but with more flexibility and customization options.

  6. Application Portability: Cloud Foundry provides a high level of portability by abstracting away the underlying infrastructure. Applications developed and deployed on Cloud Foundry can be easily migrated between different Cloud Foundry instances. OpenShift, being built on Kubernetes, provides a degree of application portability, but it may require additional effort to migrate applications between different Kubernetes clusters.

In summary, Cloud Foundry focuses on simplicity, ease of use, and enterprise-grade solutions, while OpenShift offers more flexibility, customization options, and a wider ecosystem of tools and technologies.

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Pros of Cloud Foundry
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    Perfectly aligned with springboot
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    Free distributed tracing (zipkin)
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    Application health management
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    Free service discovery (Eureka)
  • 99
    Good free plan
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    Open Source
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    Easy setup
  • 43
    Nodejs support
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    Well documented
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    Custom domains
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    Mongodb support
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    Clean and simple architecture
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    PHP support
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    Customizable environments
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    Ability to run CRON jobs
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    Easier than Heroku for a WordPress blog
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    Easy deployment
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    PostgreSQL support
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    Autoscaling
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    Good balance between Heroku and AWS for flexibility
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    Free, Easy Setup, Lot of Gear or D.I.Y Gear
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    Shell access to gears
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    Great Support
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    High Security
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    Logging & Metrics
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    Cloud Agnostic
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    Runs Anywhere - AWS, GCP, Azure
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    No credit card needed
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    Because it is easy to manage
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    Secure
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    Meteor support
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    Overly complicated and over engineered in majority of e
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    Golang support
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    Its free and offer custom domain usage
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    Autoscaling at a good price point
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    Easy setup and great customer support
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    MultiCloud
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    Great free plan with excellent support
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    This is the only free one among the three as of today

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      Decisions are made for you, limiting your options
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      License cost
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      Behind, sometimes severely, the upstreams

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    What is Cloud Foundry?

    Cloud Foundry is an open platform as a service (PaaS) that provides a choice of clouds, developer frameworks, and application services. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy, and scale applications.

    What is Red Hat OpenShift?

    OpenShift is Red Hat's Cloud Computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering. OpenShift is an application platform in the cloud where application developers and teams can build, test, deploy, and run their applications.

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