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Cloud Foundry Foundation

December 09, 2014 12:00 ET

Cloud Foundry Foundation Established to Advance Platform-as-a-Service

Foundation Expands to More Than 40 Member Companies, Sees Major Increase in Contributions to Help Drive Global Standards for Platform-as-a-Service

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2014) - Cloud Foundry Foundation

News Summary

  • Cloud Foundry Foundation formed to establish formal open governance model for the Cloud Foundry open source project
  • Intel joins as Platinum member; Hortonworks and SAS join as Gold members; new Silver members include Akamai, AppDirect, Braintribe, Fujitsu, Mendix, Mimacom, Produban, and Toshiba Solutions
  • Linux Foundation to provide management, operations and advocacy

Cloud Foundry Foundation, the global standard for open Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), today is announcing its launch as an independent nonprofit foundation. The Cloud Foundry Foundation will be managed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and operate under a system of open governance created by a team of open source experts from founding Platinum Members EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Pivotal, SAP and VMware.

Cloud Foundry is the leading Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) open source project and has seen a 36-percent increase in community contributions and more than 1,700 pull requests in the last year. The project is also being used in a variety of commercial deployments including Pivotal Cloud Foundry®, IBM Bluemix®, HP Helion® and Canopy Cloud Fabric among others. These achievements coupled with new investments from an expanded membership advance and accelerate application development in the cloud era. As a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, the Cloud Foundry Foundation will also benefit from the industry's deepest pool of open source expertise and guidance on best practices for management, operations, advocacy and governance.

The Cloud Foundry Foundation is also implementing a new approach to open source development called Dojo. This offers developers a unique "fast track" for commit rights, which often take more than a year to gain in a major project. A certification program will also be introduced in the new year to ensure consistency and compatibility across Cloud Foundry-branded products and services.

Recent technical features and community contributions to the project include:

  • Docker support for Diego (early release available for testing)
  • Ability to FUSE devices in containers
  • Firehose: app logs and Cloud Foundry component metrics stream
  • Expanded build pack support for Go, PHP, Python and more
  • Internationalization and extensibility model for Cloud Foundry CLI
  • BOSH external Cloud Provider Interface (CPI)

The rise of the DevOps role in the enterprise and the increasing number of multi-cloud environments makes the PaaS market one to watch. Research firm IDC forecasts for PaaS are increasingly aggressive with the latest data showing about a 27 percent estimated annual growth in the market over the 2013-2018 period.* The establishment of the Cloud Foundry Foundation will enable a strong ecosystem to support this growth and advance the state-of-the-art for open cloud.

"Community participation accelerates concepts to maturity, and is increasingly being adopted as a way to deliver open cloud-based solutions to customers," according to Larry Carvalho, PaaS research manager at IDC. "The announcement of the Cloud Foundry Foundation aims to improve transparency and speed technical innovation of the open source platform."

"The industry has been in need of an OpenStack equivalent for the unique characteristics of PaaS, and Cloud Foundry Foundation has managed to rally broad participation among key application infrastructure players in short order," said Charlotte Dunlap, Sr. Analyst, Current Analysis. "The formalization of Cloud Foundry as an industry standard will only help spur further PaaS adoption by providing additional reassurance to enterprises which are looking to speed app development and avoid vendor lock-in."

Gold members of the Cloud Foundry Foundation include Accenture, ActiveState, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, CenturyLink, Ericsson, GE, Hortonworks, NTT, SAS, Swisscom, and Verizon.

Silver members include Akamai, Alpine Data Labs, Altoros, Anchora, Anynines, AppDirect, AppDynamics, Azul Systems, Blue Box, Braintribe, Canonical, Canopy, CloudCredo, Docker, Fujitsu, jFrog, Mimacom, Mendix, MongoDB, Piston Cloud Computing, Produban, Redis Labs, Stark & Wayne, Telus and Toshiba Solutions.

Quotes from Founding Platinum Members:

"Dating back to our earliest investments in Cloud Foundry and its technology, EMC has consistently engaged in progressing the industry to an environment where cloud portability and agility are a reality. Establishing an independent and well-supported Foundation to accelerate this work is a key milestone for the industry and will help IT organizations and cloud providers deliver on the customer vision of a flexible, interoperable and agile IT hybrid cloud experience. EMC is committed to contributing to Cloud Foundry and creating strong support for it in our wide range of offerings."
 John Roese, Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation

"Cloud Foundry is core to HP's strategy of ushering in the new style of IT focused on developing, deploying and delivering cloud-native applications for the enterprise. We believe innovation comes from open source and open platforms and are proud to support today's announcement of the Cloud Foundry Foundation with a unique model of open governance. We look forward to participating in and helping grow the effort and the community."
Bill Hilf, Senior Vice President, Product and Services Management, HP Cloud

"IBM joined the Cloud Foundry project in June 2013, with a strong commitment, resources and the conviction to help make Cloud Foundry ready for the enterprise. As the foundation for IBM Bluemix, Cloud Foundry is an essential open technology for the IBM Cloud. We're really excited to see the culmination of the nearly year long journey to open governance and the Cloud Foundry Foundation launch, and even more optimistic about Cloud Foundry's future as the recognized standard for Platform-as-a-Service."
Angel Diaz, IBM Vice President Open Technology and Cloud Performance Solutions

"Consumers of cloud platforms are seeking open source frameworks to efficiently provision their applications. Broad industry collaboration provides the best path for adoption and innovation. The establishment of the Cloud Foundry Foundation provides a proven model to promote and accelerate open PaaS maturity. Intel is proud to be a founding member and we look forward to taking a leadership role in this important community effort."
Jonathan Donaldson, General Manager, Software Defined Infrastructure, Cloud Platforms Group, Intel Corporation

"The Cloud is too important to allow it to become proprietary and have customers locked in. It needs a healthy open ecosystem of users, developers and providers linked via a common, open platform, much as Linux provided for the server market. Not only is open source a key to this, but equally so is orderly, open governance and participation. The Cloud Foundry Foundation will ensure that Cloud Foundry is and remains an ecosystem where many players can contribute to the platform and benefit from it -- knowing that they will be doing so in the context of an open, well-governed and directed community. It is really gratifying to see how far the community has come and all the good things that are happening."
Paul Maritz, CEO, Pivotal

"As a Platinum member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, SAP is actively engaged in helping to define one of the industry-leading, open-source PaaS technologies as well as part of the evolving ecosystem around it. It is important to be open, and we believe that Cloud Foundry is fast becoming 'a platform of choice' for many of SAP's partners, customers and developers. SAP is committed to contributing to open-source PaaS technologies, including integration of technologies such as the SAP HANA® platform and Internet of Things as part of SAP HANA Cloud Platform."
Björn Goerke, Executive Vice President and Corporate Officer, Product and Innovation Technology, SAP

"After spending years incubating at VMware, we are delighted to see Cloud Foundry being adopted as an industry standard for open platform as a service. Cloud Foundry is a foundational part of VMware's hybrid cloud strategy of allowing customers to build and run next-generation applications anywhere they want. We look forward to the evolution of the platform, and to be part of the community driving that evolution." 
Ajay Patel, vice president, Application as a Service, VMware

Quotes from Gold Members:

"Cloud Foundry is critical to our business, and we view the Foundation as a key way to ensure its longevity and stability. As more companies come together to contribute to this open source project, the ecosystem will only grow stronger and innovation will occur at an even faster pace."
Jeff Hobbs, CTO of ActiveState.

"Our clients are asking us for new agility to both create and sustain their digital transformation ambitions. Cloud Foundry will enable Capgemini to develop the next generation of agile and analytics aware applications that will drive their competitive advantage. As early adopters of Cloud, SaaS and PaaS, we are excited to join this broad industry coalition to bring industrialisation to multi-cloud PaaS."
André Cichowlas, Head of Delivery and Competitiveness, Capgemini

"Cloud deployed applications are an increasingly important part of the enterprise IT solution and Hortonworks is intent upon driving innovation in the open and thus we fully back the Cloud Foundry Foundation and its objectives."
John Kreisa, Vice President Strategic Marketing, Hortonworks

"As a carrier grade cloud service provider, NTT has been providing Cloud Foundry based PaaS by integrating with advanced network services. We have been contributing to Cloud Foundry community from the very first of its source code release by introducing new features including 'Nise-BOSH' and 'BOSH AutoScaler.' We are pleased to be a part of today's launch of Cloud Foundry Foundation as a Gold member. With the establishment of the Foundation, we are convinced that the community will expand across the globe, and NTT is committed to contribute to its growth and strengthen the ecosystem."
Hikaru Suzuki, Vice President of Software Innovation Center, NTT

"SAS is proud to be part of the Cloud Foundry community. As the leader in Business Analytics, SAS brings a unique perspective to the Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service space that will not only benefit our customers but also the community at large. We look forward to continuing, and advancing, the collaboration driven by the Cloud Foundry Foundation."
Craig Rubendall, Vice President R&D, SAS

"Cloud Foundry has advanced to the de facto standard in the industry. Swisscom has been one of the first contributors as we see a high innovation potential in the platform for managing high-scalable workloads. It allows Swisscom to offer leading edge cloud services."
Marco Hochstrasser, CEO of Swisscom Cloud Lab

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About Cloud Foundry Foundation
The Cloud Foundry Foundation is independent non-profit organization formed to sustain the development, promotion and adoption of Cloud Foundry as the global industry standard for open Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications. Cloud Foundry is an Apache 2.0 licensed project available on Github: To learn more visit http://www.Cloud

*IDC, Worldwide Competitive Public Cloud Platform as a Service 2014-2018 Forecast and 2013 Vendor Shares, doc #249893, July 2014.