IBM to sponsor Cloud Foundry Foundation

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In my previous post on Cloud Foundry, I wrote about the growing positive response to Cloud Foundry and growth in the community, as well as our commitment to work with Pivotal in opening up the governance for Cloud Foundry. Everything since my last post tells me that this is the open source Platform as a Service (PaaS) project to pay attention to, as it is the community that matters most.

Since that time, Pivotal has continued to improve the openness, accelerating the community participation. Today, Pivotal has taken another important step along the path towards open governance, with the announcement that Pivotal will join with EMC, HP, IBM, Rackspace, SAP, VMware and others to form a new, independent, non-profit organization for the purpose of developing and promoting the Cloud Foundry open source project.

IBM has elected to become a platinum-level sponsor of this new organization, and we are committed to helping Pivotal and the other sponsors shape the governance model of this new organization to foster this important new technology in the open with participation and usage across the cloud.

Why is this announcement significant?

This announcement signals a solid commitment by the new Platinum sponsors to create a truly open community and ecosystem, one that accelerates development and drives robust growth. We’ve seen this before. OpenStack evolved along a very similar path two years ago; and it has grown to become the most popular open source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform in the industry with a broad ecosystem of supporters in this short amount of time. For example, at the time of the OpenStack Diablo release (September 2011), RackSpace contributed 53% of the code along with a total of 31 companies and 175 individuals. As of the OpenStack Havana release (November 2013), the largest company contributor represented only 22% of the total code and had the help of 131 total companies and 1,023 individuals to complete the release. That translates to over 400% growth in contributing companies and almost 600% growth in individual code contributors. That’s what we like to call an open ecosystem!

(Related: IBM leads with Codename: BlueMix at IBM Pulse 2014)

So, how is Cloud Foundry doing?

The Cloud Foundry community has made significant contributions to the growing, robust Cloud Foundry environment. In addition to establishing a 10-member advisory board, the Cloud Foundry community has in the past 12 months:

•  The number of companies that have signed the contributor’s license agreement has grown     to 37. A 30% increase since Fall of 2013
•  A 130% increase in email subscribers to the Cloud Foundry mailing lists
•  45K twitter followers, twice as much as the nearest competitor PaaS platform

What is IBM’s role in Cloud Foundry?

Continuing with our commitment in 2013, IBM will continue to be a key player in supporting and helping to speed the adoption of Cloud Foundry.

IBM has benefitted from our participation in Pivotal’s “open dojo” program by working side-by-side with the engineers developing Cloud Foundry. This has helped accelerate our understanding of the code base as well as gain an appreciation for the agile methodology practiced by Pivotal. IBM also takes great pride in supporting Cloud Foundry with code contributions since joining the team in mid-2013, and is working to become a significant contributor. IBM’s investments in Cloud Foundry are a testament of our commitment and belief in open source technologies.  As we highlight in our white paper on IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture, for cloud computing to be successful at enabling innovation on the scale that we have seen with the open web, it, too, needs to be built on a foundation of open source and open standards.   We believe that Cloud Foundry will become an important part of this foundation for cloud computing, providing an ecosystem of innovation to change the way business and society run.  These are truly exciting times.

(Related: Recapping the Open Cloud Summit at IBM Pulse)

What’s Next?

A new Cloud Foundry Summit is being scheduled this spring in San Francisco.  The conference will focus on providing a place for current contributors to highlight recent accomplishments and update the community on features that will be delivered in the coming year. New features on the horizon include items such as further improvements in the elastic runtime’s architecture (Diego), identity management, metrics and monitoring, and more cloud provider interfaces (CPIs) for BOSH and improvements and optimizations of the OpenStack CPI just to name a few, making it simple to build user-centric applications for your customers.  More details will be released to the Cloud Foundry Community in the coming weeks. Stay Tuned.

Call to Action

Learn more about Cloud Foundry, look for or start meet-ups in your area and meet the key members of the growing community.

Join the community now! Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute and participate in the project that is quickly becoming the industry’s dominant open source PaaS platform.


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Angel Luis Diaz

About Angel Luis Diaz

Dr. Angel Luis Diaz has a diverse background in research & development, product management, and marketing. Currently Angel Diaz delivers interoperability and innovation across multi-vendor environments in the form of open standards and open source initiatives around the world.
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