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Cloud Foundry Foundation

November 03, 2015 09:01 ET

Cloud Foundry Foundation Passes 50 Member Milestone

CA Technologies, Cisco, Citi, Hitachi Ltd., RBC and SUSE Strengthen Investments in the Industry Standard Platform-as-a-Service

BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwired - Nov 3, 2015) -  CLOUD FOUNDRY SUMMIT EUROPE -- The Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry standard Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), today announced CA Technologies, Cisco, Citigroup Inc., Hitachi Ltd., Royal Bank of Canada and SUSE have joined the organization. In only 10 short months investments in Cloud Foundry have grown tremendously as the independent foundation's membership has surged to more than 50 vendor and end-user companies worldwide. This, as Platform-as-a-Service takes a leading position in Cloud spending. 

According to Enterprise Strategy Group, two-thirds of midmarket and enterprise organizations expect to increase their spending on cloud computing services. This is the fourth consecutive year that cloud computing has led every IT category in increased spending. ESG says penetration of PaaS has reached 35%, but more importantly 20% of respondents are in the process of evaluating PaaS. This positions PaaS to have the highest growth rate compared to IaaS and SaaS. *

"Over the past 10 months, we've seen incredible interest and adoption of Cloud Foundry by some of the biggest names in the financial services, technology and industrial Internet of Things industries," said Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji. "Much of that interest and adoption is coming from end user and commercial vendor organizations who are investing as members of the Foundation to help build a strong future for the platform."

More information about the newest Cloud Foundry Foundation members:

CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate -- across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments.

"CA helps businesses optimize how next-generation apps are built, deployed and managed using its API management, application performance management and other DevOps solutions," said Richard Pulliam, Vice President of Strategy, API Management, CA Technologies. "As more apps and data move to the cloud and as Platform-as-a-Service gains momentum, development-focused organizations need those solutions that help them get the most value for their business and their customers. We are proud to be part of the Cloud Foundry Foundation and support its mission and open standard for evolving cloud apps."

Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected.

"Cisco has a rich history of supporting open source communities, from OpenDaylight to OpenStack and now Cloud Foundry. Many of our customers are embracing Cloud Foundry as a way for their software teams to quickly develop next-generation applications. We're excited to contribute to the Cloud Foundry community."-- Dave Ward, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect, Cisco.

Citi (NYSE: C), the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

"Citi's investments in cloud related software solutions, including Cloud Foundry, are intended as market differentiators, enabling our IT organization to become more agile and to help foster behavioral and cultural changes throughout the organization," said Greg Lavender, Managing Director, Cloud Architecture and Infrastructure Engineering, Office of the CTO, Citi.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others.

"Hitachi is honored to join the Cloud Foundry Foundation. Hitachi continues to offer innovative platform solutions with Cloud Foundry to accelerate developing new business and improve safety and security throughout society."-- Atsushi Sashino, Director of Service Business Development Dept., Service Business Operation, IT Platform Service Innovation Management Division, Information & Telecommunication Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd.

Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) is Canada's largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. RBC is one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies, and provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. They employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 38 other countries.

"RBC's Cloud investment is an important component of how we're innovating to provide a differentiated client experience. Being part of the Cloud Foundry Foundation will allow us to do just that. We are excited to engage and contribute in an ongoing industry-wide conversation that will enable us to deliver with speed and agility and continue to drive innovation throughout our organization."-- Chip Bunker, VP, Enterprise Architecture.

SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, interoperable Linux and cloud infrastructure solutions that help enterprises increase agility, manage complexity, and reduce cost. More than 20 years of engineering excellence and exceptional service allow SUSE to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation customers need to succeed -- today and tomorrow.

"The Cloud Foundry Foundation is finding great success and acceptance as it pursues innovation without vendor lock-in, an important value it has in common with SUSE," said Ralf Flaxa, SUSE Vice President of Engineering. "We have long been committed to working with projects and technologies that will make a positive difference for enterprise customers, and working with the growing Cloud Foundry project will be no different."

About Cloud Foundry Foundation
The Cloud Foundry Foundation is an 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: https://github.com/cloudfoundry. To learn more, visit: http://www.CloudFoundry.org.

Cloud Foundry Summit Europe 2015 Sponsors
SAP is the Host Sponsor for Cloud Foundry Summit Europe. Other sponsors include (Diamond) EMC and Pivotal; (Platinum) HP; (Gold) anynines, CloudCredo, Cloudsoft, IBM, mimacom and Swisscom; and (Silver) Altoros. 

*2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey, Enterprise Strategy Group

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