VMware spin-off Pivotal has released a platform-as-a-service along with a suite of analysis applications, bringing greater competition to a quiet corner of the market. The Pivotal One platform was announced on Tuesday, and sees the year-old upstart push out a product based on VMware's open-source Cloud Foundry, along with …
Bosh is an automation/ lifecycle management tool, analogous to chef.
The message bus in cloud foundry is custom made, and called NATS, and the 'service broker' responsibility is shared between a few cloud foundry components, communicating via NATS. Last time I checked, cloud foundry proper has no knowledge of Bosh whatsoever.
BOSH isn't quite analogous to chef - it has a higher level / more abstract user model and is push-driven rather than Chef's pull driven. This makes architecting large system-wide roll outs easier, for example.
CF proper does have no knowledge of BOSH, that's true, and by design. It's perfectly possible to stand up CF without using BOSH at all.
Pivotal is facing at least two challenges
Earlier today in a Twitter chat led by John Furrier of SiliconAngle, we discussed whether Pivotal One is vapor–or real. To the naked eye, Pivotal’s offering makes a lot of sense, as it brings a one-stop solution that addresses quite a lot of the needs of next-generation application architecture at an average enterprise IT shop. If Pivotal can solve two key challenges–making a quantum leap in market leadership for a few more of their products and integrating the entire product suite into a single platform–they will probably not only achieve $1B in revenue in 5 years, but will have an amazing shot at becoming the bellwether of enterprise software moving ahead.
I wrote a blog post on the subject http://blog.altoros.com/pivotal-one-cloud-foundry-great-promise-great-challenge.html