Pivotal Platform Documentation

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Welcome to Pivotal Platform documentation! This topic describes Pivotal Platform and provides documentation starting points for different Pivotal Platform users and perspectives.

What is Pivotal Platform?

Pivotal Platform is a multi-cloud enterprise platform for running, managing, and optimizing distributed apps and workloads. It offers runtime environments that manage containers using either Kubernetes or Diego.

The Pivotal Platform platform provides a layer of abstraction that:

  • Lets platform operators manage shared resources on one or more cloud infrastructures.
  • Hides the complexity of those infrastructures from developers delivering software on the platform.
  • Optimizes resource usage and workload uptime.

Pivotal Platform Operators manage the platform and its shared resources by using Pivotal Operations Manager. For more information, see Using Ops Manager.

Runtimes and Services

Pivotal Platform provides runtime environments for managing, hosting, and updating software workloads, and software services for the hosted workloads to use.

Available runtimes are based on:

  • Pivotal Application Service
  • Pivotal Container Service (Kubernetes)

For more information about Pivotal Platform runtime environments, see Pivotal Platform Runtimes

For all Pivotal Platform runtime and service documentation, see Pivotal Platform Add-Ons

Where to Start in the Documentation

The most relevant places to start in the Pivotal Platform documentation depend on the roles you expect to fulfill with the Pivotal Platform platform.

The topics linked below list the best documentation starting points for the following roles:

For New Users

For a general introduction to Pivotal runtimes and how they work, see:

For Pivotal Platform Operators and Architects

Pivotal Platform platform operators and architects assess Pivotal Platform, plan network topologies, and determine Pivotal Platform deployment needs. They also install, configure, upgrade, monitor, back up, troubleshoot, and generally maintain an existing Pivotal Platform deployment.

For planning and installation documentation, see:

For documentation about managing Pivotal Platform after initial deployment, see the Pivotal Platform Operator Guide.

For Developers

Developers write and deploy apps, container workloads, and functions to Pivotal Platform. For developer documentation on Pivotal Platform runtimes, see:

For Pivotal Platform Tile Developers

Pivotal partners develop their package software services as tiles for easy integration into Pivotal Platform. Platform operators install the tiles through a GUI, which lets the developers on the platform use the services.

Tile developers publish tiles on Pivotal Network, where services and tiles are available for download.

For tile developer documentation, see the Pivotal Platform Tile Developer Guide.