By Jay Marshall, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Cloud Application Development, Hybrid Cloud Services Division, VMware
Last week Cloud Foundry published governing documents for the Cloud Foundry open source Foundation. It’s an important moment that gets the industry one step closer to delivering on the promise of PaaS. At VMware, it’s especially near to our hearts because it continues an effort that we started several years ago.
The Cloud Foundry open source PaaS project began at VMware and publicly launched in April 2011. We spun out the Cloud Foundry project as part of Pivotal in the spring of 2013, and have continued to work closely with the team as one of the leading sponsors for this open PaaS initiative.
As a result:
- In November 2013, we released Pivotal CF, software based on open source Cloud Foundry, enabling VMware customers to offer a PaaS based on vSphere.
- In May we announced the industry’s first enterprise-class hybrid PaaS on VMware vCloud Air
- And we continue to explore further integration of Pivotal CF with VMware management products, and vCloud Air services to make it easier for customers to rapidly adopt and enjoy the benefits of an enterprise PaaS
Overall progress for the industry-wide effort has benefited from Cloud Foundry’s open source PaaS project – one that provides a choice of clouds, frameworks and application services.
The bylaws published last week were drafted by a committee with deep open source expertise and with a focus on creating a system of governance that maintains a meritocratic, agile development community for open PaaS. Beyond that progress we’ve made to this point with our open initiative efforts, the end goal is to create a foundation that fosters a longstanding community of customers, partners and competitors who work together, learn together and build upon open cloud and open source to spark continuous innovation and high velocity agile development.
You can read the Cloud Foundry blog to learn more about the bylaws and future path to establishing the Foundation. They bylaws are also available for review in the About section on the Cloud Foundry website.