Re: Communication between Application Instances

Casey West


Unfortunately recording for CF Summits Europe and Asia were not done, so no
talk recordings will be made available. :-(

— Casey

On Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 5:21 AM Stevo Slavić <sslavic(a)> wrote:

Found out Context Path Routing was covered on recent Cloud Foundry Summit
Europe, in "Better Microservice Applications Using New Cloud Foundry
Features" session (see
for slides)

Cannot find recordings yet. Hopefully they will get published as well.

On Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 10:09 AM, Stevo Slavić <sslavic(a)> wrote:

Thanks for heads up! Will give the plugin a try.

On Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 10:02 AM, Dieu Cao <dcao(a)> wrote:

The Context Path Routing work has been completed on the cloud controller
API side and work to add support for it in the cf cli I believe is nearly
Until then, you could use this context path route plugin [1]

It's not generally recommended, but if you're running your own CF and
you trust all the apps running there, you could relax your app security
group rules and allow inter-host communication on the DEA with the manifest
configuration that Stevo linked above, in order to allow apps to connect
directly with each other without having to go back out through the router.


On Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 12:36 AM, Stevo Slavić <sslavic(a)>

Hello Abhik,

I also have similar need, would like to allow different CF apps to talk
to each other directly (not through CF router service discovery is solved
problem grown ups can handle, potentially not even over HTTP since too much
overhead, no disk persistence needed as app can recreate state).

I was suggested on Cloud Foundry Slack group - use Bosh. Although I use
Bosh already for disk persistent services, IMO Bosh is not appropriate for
this particular use case (not even for disk persistent services, it's too

There are some proposals to improve CF platform like:
- Proposal: container networking for applications
- Context Path Routing

IMO features in those proposals would be very handy to support
deploying stateful apps to CF which can talk with each other, but they are
not there yet.

So there's no fine grained declarative control over routing or
security. I haven't tried it yet, but AFAIK one can only, on the entire CF
installation, allow apps deployed on the same DEA to talk to each other by

Kind regards,
Stevo Slavic.

On Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 5:55 AM, Gupta, Abhik <abhik.gupta(a)>


I am curious to know if there’s any guideline or recommendation for
communication between two instances of the same application deployed on
Cloud Foundry. Ideally, there would be no need to have a channel between
the app instances, considering that the application itself should be

However, there do arise a few special cases where it becomes necessary
to have communication between two or more instances of the application. Can
you point me to some ways to achieve this?

Best Regards,


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