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VMware Cloud Foundry: Linux of the Cloud?

Cloud Foundry celebrated its first anniversary this week, and it’s looking mature beyond its youthful age.  Tens of thousands of developers are using the platform-as-a-service to design, build and test cloud-enabled applications.  Cloud Foundry is supported on major public clouds such as Amazon Web Services, and can run on private clouds enabled by infrastructure stacks such as Nimbula and Eucalyptus.  Many developers also run Micro Cloud Foundry, which provides full development services on a user’s laptop.

What attracts so many developers to Cloud Foundry?

  • First, its openness, which has enabled developers to contribute and share source code under a lenient Apache 2 software license.  With this announcement, VMware has introduced cloudfoundry.org, which provides a new system for managing open source software contributions.
  • Second, the richness of its environment.  Cloud Foundry and SpringSource together have spawned a vibrant ecosystem, providing developers with the choice of a large number of languages, tools and frameworks.  Several new partners announced support for Cloud Foundry this week, including X.commerce, which is using Cloud Foundry to build eBay’s next-generation, end-to-end commerce platform.
  • Third, the support for Cloud Foundry across multiple clouds and service providers, ensuring that developers will not be locked in to a single cloud.  This week, VMware launched Cloud Foundry BOSH, an open-source toolset for engineering, deploying and managing large-scale, distributed services.  BOSH already supports AWS and vSphere, and includes a Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) that will enable it to run on other public and private cloud infrastructures.  By facilitating the operation of production instances of Cloud Foundry, BOSH will help VMware attract new service providers to its platform, who will in turn benefit from the pull of Cloud Foundry’s rich ecosystem.

So what’s next for Cloud Foundry?  VMware would like to make the platform the “Linux of the Cloud”, based on an application portability layer that enables fluid movement of applications across multiple clouds.  We see Cloud Foundry as a key enabler of VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy, which has progressed significantly since VMware first debuted its cloud initiatives three years ago.

We believe that to stand out from the crowd, a PaaS must be truly open, supporting a large number of developers, a rich ecosystem, and a wide choice of clouds and service providers.  By this measure, Cloud Foundry is well on its way to achieving success.

  • Premiered: 04/14/12
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
Topic(s): VMWare Cloud Foundry PaaS Service Providers

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