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v12 Is Here

Sep 25, 2019 The end of the quarter brings a lot of new updates to cloud.gov! As part of our commitment to communicating better, we feel it’s time to start highlighting some of what we do. cloud.gov runs entirely on open-source software, primarily from the Cloud Foundry open-source ecosystem. The Cloud Foundry ecosystem publishes what is known as cf-deployment, a canonical reference for how to deploy the Cloud Foundry platform. cloud.gov then applies government-specific security policies and procedures and deploys it, continuously....

For Humans and Agencies: The cloud.gov Deprecation Policy

Sep 16, 2019 We want to talk about two crucial aspects of being a cloud provider: consistency and predictability. Consistency is the ability to do something the same way every time, and predictability means that you can count on it happening. When it comes to communicating changes about our platform, we believe we have been neither consistent nor predictable, and we’d like to talk about how we intend to change that. As our first step, we are publishing a deprecation policy that outlines the steps we will take when we make important changes to the platform....

Changes to cloud.gov services and prices

Aug 26, 2019 Summary Cloud.gov’s funding source (the Acquisition Services Fund) requires us to review our expenditures and adjust rates to cover the cost of running the service. Starting on October 1, 2019, new interagency agreements (including renewals) will use the following prices. Agreements already in place will not change, and any modification or amendment to an existing agreement in FY20 will retain the original rate until FY21. Access fees Plan Previous monthly price New monthly price Prototyping $1,250....

VPN backhaul, Drupal 8 example, and new team members

Jul 12, 2019 Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov user? Here are highlights from our recent changes. Announcements Now available: Connect your cloud.gov apps to your private network Last October, we announced our team was working on a way for cloud.gov applications to interact securely with your applications on other networks through a VPN, such as systems in an agency data center. This VPN connection can make it easier to run cloud-native applications that need to communicate with legacy systems....

Final warning: cflinuxfs2 will be removed May 21st

May 13, 2019 Background: We announced on February 26 that cloud.gov would remove support for the cflinuxfs2 stack (the operating system image for applications). This was the default stack for cloud.gov applications deployed before April 15. On April 15 we set the default stack for new applications to cflinuxfs3. The change we’re making: We will disable support for the outdated cflinuxfs2 stack on Tuesday May 21. Before we make the change, we will set any application still using the cflinuxfs2 stack to use cflinuxfs3, then restage it....

Quarterly update - An OS upgrade, cross-IaaS services, R Shiny apps, and more!

Feb 26, 2019 An OS upgrade, cross-IaaS services, R Shiny apps, and more! It’s a new year, and we’ve got a pile of changes and highlights to tell you about since we last checked in. Announcements Ubuntu 18.04 is coming and 14.04 is going: Test your apps now! The base OS image used by your cloud.gov applications is called a “stack”. The stack we’ve provided to date is called cflinuxfs2, and it’s based on Ubuntu 14....

Release notes

Oct 30, 2018 Here’s the latest on how we’ve been trying to make cloud.gov simpler and more secure. (If you find yourself needing to explain cloud.gov to coworkers or leadership, take a look at our new two-pager!) New dashboard (now in preview mode) Check out the preview version of our new web dashboard. It still gives you web-based access to an overview of your applications and lets you do common tasks, but this new version brings many more command-line tasks to the web like viewing application logs and the ability to SSH into your application....

New S3 plan for sandboxes

Oct 22, 2018 In the past, we’ve had issues with users being notified of a sandbox purge even though the sandbox didn’t actually get cleared. So in order to provide a more seamless experience, cloud.gov now offers S3 service plans for sandboxes that automatically clear your S3 contents whenever your sandbox is cleared. As a result, if you intend on storing important files in your sandbox, you must implement some type of backup scheme....

New custom domain service

May 21, 2018 For custom domain support, cloud.gov provides a CDN service that uses AWS CloudFront. AWS CloudFront is outside the AWS FedRAMP P-ATO boundary, so we’ve updated the CDN service documentation to explain the compliance impact of using this service more clearly. cloud.gov now also provides a custom domain service without CloudFront. You can use the CDN service or custom domain service according to your technical and compliance needs. If you’re using the CDN service and you need to switch to the custom domain service, follow the instructions on the custom domain page....

TLS 1.0 and 1.1 support removal, Drupal 8 made easy, and platform updates

Mar 14, 2018 Upcoming breaking change We will remove support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 connections to all applications on cloud.gov on March 30, so that all connections must use TLS 1.2. TLS 1.0 and 1.1 are outdated versions of the encryption protocol for HTTPS connections, and federal standards require federal systems to stop using them (see FedRAMP TLS Requirements). After this change, your applications will be inaccessible for anyone using a client device that requires TLS 1....

Elasticsearch 5.6, upcoming Cloud Foundry Summit, and platform updates

Feb 13, 2018 Announcements In this featured FEC Case Study, find out how cloud.gov helps the agency ensure their applications are available, secure, and resilient. Want us to feature your agency? Drop us a line at cloud-gov-inquiries@gsa.gov. Join us at the Cloud Foundry Summit on April 18-20 in Boston, MA. Members of the cloud.gov team will present at this gathering of people who use and run platforms—like cloud.gov—that are based on the Cloud Foundry open source project....

Major outage postmortem

Jan 11, 2018 On Tuesday January 9 from 17:09 EST to approximately 23:42 EST (6 hours and 33 minutes), the cloud.gov platform and customer applications were unavailable. This was the longest and most significant outage in the history of our platform. No data was lost. We’ve published a postmortem that includes what we’re doing to prevent this problem from happening again. If you aren’t already subscribed to updates about platform service disruptions and scheduled maintenance, you can subscribe on our platform status tracker....

Note about Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities

Jan 5, 2018 cloud.gov is tracking the recent public disclosure of vulnerabilities in modern CPUs, named the Meltdown and Spectre attacks. We are taking all available steps to mitigate the impact of these vulnerabilities. No customer action is required. Our cloud infrastructure provider has already updated their systems so that cloud.gov customer applications are not vulnerable to Meltdown attacks from other tenants in AWS GovCloud. When an update for the platform operating system is released, we will apply it....

A new homepage, quickstart guide, and more

Dec 27, 2017 We’ve been hard at work making cloud.gov work for you. We’re constantly optimizing the platform so it’s secure and meets your expectations. Here are some highlights from our platform updates in the last month. Added We updated our homepage! Now you can find more helpful resources and links to customer testimonials from the homepage. Check it out and let us know what you think. If you’re new to cloud....

Starting now, sandboxes expire after 90 days

Dec 8, 2017 Starting today, sandbox spaces will expire automatically every 90 days, as planned in our monthly update from November. Here’s what to expect: Any sandbox applications you have right now will be deleted 90 days from today, along with service instances (such as databases), routes, etc., in the sandbox. You will not lose your cloud.gov account. You can start a new 90-day evaluation period just by creating a new app or service....

cloud.gov monthly update: Buildpack notifications, volume services, and other new features

Nov 20, 2017 We’ve been hard at work shipping out new features to help you make your apps better, more secure, and improve your experience developing and deploying them. There’s a lot more in here than usual. We hope you see some features and additions in here that you’ve been waiting for. As always, get in touch with us if you have any questions or feedback about these features. See you next month....

High availability Redis, our upcoming workshop, and more from cloud.gov

Sep 12, 2017 Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov user? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks. Announcements Reminder: Our workshop is coming up on September 28th. If you’re evaluating cloud.gov or getting started with it, you will learn how to use cloud.gov to launch applications and get the power and advantages that come from using a Platform as a Service. Bring a laptop if you’re coming in-person or join us online to learn how cloud....

cloud.gov platform release notes, plus join our workshop on September 28

Aug 31, 2017 Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov user? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks. Announcements cloud.gov Workshop: You’re invited to our free cloud.gov workshop on September 28th. If you’re evaluating cloud.gov or getting started with it, you will learn how to use cloud.gov to launch applications and get the power and advantages that come from using a Platform as a Service....

Announcement: cloud.gov accounts will migrate to OMB MAX

Aug 22, 2017 Note: This page is out of date as of Nov. 2017. cloud.gov is no longer migrating any users to OMB MAX. cloud.gov is migrating all users with native cloud.gov accounts (not users with an agency single sign on provider) to use OMB MAX for authentication to the platform. This page is a guide to what will change and how you can prepare for this transition. We will post future updates on timing at https://cloud....

Platform Release Notes: August 16, 2017

Aug 16, 2017 Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov user? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks. Added Space managers can add any member of your organization to a space from the dashboard. Documentation for how to take snapshots and restore backups of your ElasticSearch service data. All customers can now use Oracle’s SE2 relational database. Changed On the dashboard, new error messages alert you when you try to remove someone from your organization who still has roles in your spaces....

Quarterly update: Continuous improvement, more tools to help you use cloud.gov

Aug 11, 2017 Every quarter we update you with the important news about new features and updates to the cloud.gov platform. In this edition of the newsletter we have updates about the cloud.gov dashboard and other features for our users as well as stories from our customers, and links to recent presentations about cloud.gov. What’s new Use the dashboard to invite new users to your team Managing users in your organization and granting them the permissions they need should be a straightforward process so your team can get to work building your app on cloud....

Platform Release Notes: August 2, 2017

Aug 2, 2017

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov user? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks.

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Platform Release Notes: July 18, 2017

Jul 18, 2017

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov user? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks.

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Platform Release Notes: July 10, 2017

Jul 10, 2017

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past six weeks.

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New instructions for service account and identity provider services

Jul 7, 2017 If you use the cloud.gov identity provider or cloud.gov service account services, check out their new instructions for obtaining credentials from new instances of these services. We’ve updated these services to give you credentials directly (using “service keys”), without needing to use temporary links from Toaster (formerly Fugacious). This simplifies how you set up these services, and it enables you to access the service credentials any time you need to....

Platform Release Notes: June 1, 2017

Jun 1, 2017

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past week and a half.

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Get what you need from cloud.gov

May 24, 2017 What’s new The web interface helps you learn and use cloud.gov concepts The dashboard is the web-based interface for managing apps and services on cloud.gov. With the dashboard, you don’t need to use the command line to handle some of the basic tasks of managing applications on the platform. You can orient yourself more easily now with information we’ve added to some of the dashboard’s core tools. Meaningful error messages (for example, alerts about data retrieval issues) can help you troubleshoot....

Platform Release Notes: May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks.

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Platform Release Notes: May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past five weeks.

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Platform Release Notes: March 27, 2017

Mar 27, 2017

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks.

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Platform Release Notes: March 14, 2017

Mar 14, 2017

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks.

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Platform Release Notes: February 28, 2017

Feb 28, 2017

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks.

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Platform Release Notes: February 10, 2017

Feb 10, 2017

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks.

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cloud.gov is now FedRAMP Authorized.

Feb 2, 2017

Now it’s easier than ever to get started with cloud.gov.

We’re delighted to announce that cloud.gov has received a FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) at the Moderate impact level. This means that cloud.gov successfully completed a comprehensive security and compliance assessment performed by a board of the CIOs and their teams from the General Services Administration, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security. cloud.gov is the first completely open source service to receive FedRAMP authorization. Teams can now use cloud.gov with less upfront work, so they can use cloud.gov to deliver services even faster.

Read more about how this new authorization can help your team.

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Platform Release Notes: February 1, 2017

Feb 1, 2017

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past six weeks.

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Platform Release Notes

Dec 28, 2016

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks.

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East/West Sandbox Deprecation Notice

Dec 21, 2016

Update: since the time of this posting, we have postponed the cutoff date from January 15th to a new date that we expect to confirm and announce soon.

The original cloud.gov environment in AWS East/West is now officially deprecated and will be retired. We will be in touch to assist with migration of Prototyping, FISMA Moderate, and FISMA Low organizations to the new environment shortly.

Sandbox organizations in AWS East/West will be retired as of January 15. We will be deleting these sandbox organizations after this date. If you have hosted anything in a sandbox space that you would like to preserve, you must back it up or migrate it to the new environment yourself.

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Platform Release Notes

Dec 14, 2016

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks.

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Platform Release Notes

Nov 30, 2016

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past two weeks.

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Platform Release Notes

Nov 18, 2016

Curious what’s new that you might find helpful as a cloud.gov application developer? Here are highlights from our platform updates over the past four weeks.

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Full steam ahead on FedRAMP assessment

Jul 19, 2016 Over on the 18F team blog, we’ve posted an update on cloud.gov’s FedRAMP assessment progress. In short: we’ve passed the FedRAMP Ready milestone, and we expect to receive FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) in November. More details in the post!...

Today’s Dashboard update (formerly the “Deck”)

Jul 7, 2016

Today we released a new version of the cloud.gov Deck (now Dashboard). The best part is invisible: we refactored the codebase so we can improve it much faster than we could with the old version. But it has visible changes too, so here’s what’s new, what we have in mind, and how to tell us what you think.

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Changes to login and cf-ssh

Jun 15, 2016

Earlier this month we updated cloud.gov login and cf-ssh in ways that mean most cloud.gov users need to change how they use them. You’ve probably already made these changes if you need to (we sent email notifications to people who should log in using the new system), but here are the details as a handy reference.

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Logging service

Feb 12, 2016

New feature: Zero-setup persistent logs.

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Even more console features and a new home for updates

Sep 14, 2015

Now you can view log and event data for your apps and adjust permissions for your org and spaces via the web. We’re also publishing these updates via cloud.gov.

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Status page and console additions

Sep 1, 2015

We’ve added a new status page to show you the state of the cloud.gov platform, and we’ve made significant upgrades in your ability to manage your apps via the web.

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Updates for the week of 5/29/2015

May 29, 2015 Platform: Upgraded to release 210 Binary and Static buildpacks are now built in the deployment Added Newrelic Insights and Plugins for platform monitoring data Services: The rds service now encrypts the passwords ...