Introduction to PCF
This guide gives a high-level conceptual overview and introduction to the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) platform. It is designed to:
Introduce the platform to people who are unfamiliar with it.
Provide context and explanations that support the how-to information in the PCF Documentation’s role-based guides.
Explain how you can get started running apps on PCF in two ways:
If you want to learn about how the PCF platform works or test it out yourself, this guide is for you.
Understanding Pivotal Cloud Foundry User Types - Explains the main categories of PCF users: the operators who run the platform, the runtime users who develop and manage apps and containers on the platform, and the end users who use the cloud-based apps that the platform hosts.
Elastic Runtime Components - Describes the internal components of Elastic Runtime, and how these specialized processes work together to support, maintain, and provide control over hosted apps. Each component performs a different function within the platform.
Understanding Cloud Foundry Security - An overview of how PCF and Elastic Runtime protect their internal components and hosted apps from security threats.
PCF Dev - A lightweight Elastic Runtime that runs on your workstation, for developing apps locally.
Pivotal Web Services - A subscription PCF installation operated by Pivotal.