It’s now official: beginning this summer, Cloud Foundry will be managed by a governance foundation similar in formation to OpenStack. EMC, IBM, HP, Pivotal, Rackspace, SAP and VMware have all signed on as platinum sponsors to a new Cloud Foundry foundation, committing $1.5M over the next three years to a communal war chest. This alliance squelches any concern that a single vendor defines the fate of the well established PaaS technology.
With this announcement, the die has been cast, and Cloud Foundry has squarely taken a front seat in the competitive PaaS landscape and the press really seem to agree.
It is my belief that one of the primary drivers of OpenStack’s evolving success is the velocity that its dedicated engineering community has been able to move the project forward with. Coupling that velocity with an open governance model and associated foundation has helped steer the project amongst various vendor agendas. I believe it is those two elements that have contributed to OpenStack's wide variety of consumption options, options that help drive customer adoption and create a network effect that continues to move OpenStack forward.
Today, Cloud Foundry has over 750 code contributors, on par with the number of contributors to OpenStack’s Grizzly release. Add engineering resources from SAP, Rackspace and HP to the mix, and you can expect that we’ll only see that number skyrocket. Further, the this new governance model provides Cloud Foundry the literal foundation it needs to solidify its positioning as the predominant open source Platform as a Service technology framework.
Ecosystem + Focus
I noted back in October that the combination of an ecosystem combined with extreme focus is incredibly powerful, and that Cloud Foundry’s early success had a lot to do with strong execution on both fronts. With the formation of this official foundation and more importantly, with the addition of HP, Rackspace and SAP to that ecosystem, Cloud Foundry truly has the legs it needs to reach wide spread adoption.
Opening up the Cloud Foundry ecosystem provides support to enable OpenStack to focus on building the best possible IaaS, and enables Cloud Foundry to continue its run as the predominant PaaS offering.
An Open Cloud, from IaaS to PaaS
Much like multi-vendor adoption and deployment of OpenStack enables customers with a consistent and open API from which to base IaaS development upon, widespread Cloud Foundry deployments from multiple vendors will provide a similar benefit. "Write once, run anywhere" has been a long time promise, and yet it has only been within the last year that we've begun to see that come to fruition. The PaaS technology stack unlocks application portability in a way that's historically been unheard of, and provides enterprise software development organizations a platform to make the leap from traditional development methodologies, to modern DevOps implementations. The conditions couldn't be more ripe for widespread adoption of such a stack.
Blue Box is betting on Cloud Foundry
At Blue Box, we’ve been long time Cloud Foundry advocates and strongly believe the combination of OpenStack and Cloud Foundry makes for an incredible 1-2 punch. In fact, we believe the sum of the two are greater than their individual parts. Our OpenStack On-Demand offering has full support for Cloud Foundry out of the box and we have customers actively running Cloud Foundry installations on top of our implementations today. Over the coming months, we'll be excited to share more about how our customers are utilizing both technology stacks, and we'll
Congratulations from Blue Box!
Congrats to every one working on Cloud Foundry for today is a great day. The future looks very bright.