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Cloud Foundry: The Definitive Guide, 1st Edition by Duncan C. E. Winn

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Chapter 3. Components

This chapter explores the details of Cloud Foundry components. If you are keen to begin your journey by deploying Cloud Foundry, you are free to jump ahead to Chapter 4 and refer to this chapter at a later time.

Cloud Foundry is a distributed system involving several different components. Distributed systems balance their processing loads over multiple networked machines.1 They are optimized between efficiency and resiliency against failures. Cloud Foundry is comprised of a modular distributed architecture with discrete components utilized for dedicated purposes.

It is important for the operator to understand what comprises the Cloud Foundry distributed system. For example, some components are responsible for system state and you need to back them up. Other components are responsible for running your applications, and therefore you most probably want more than one instance of those components to remain running to ensure resiliency. ...

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