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Pivotal Moves to Establish Open Governance Model for Cloud Foundry

EMC, IBM, HP, Pivotal, Rackspace, SAP, and VMware, plus ActiveState, CenturyLink, join forces to bring open, multi-cloud platform-as-a-service to enterprise computing

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 

Summary

  • Pivotal today announced that it will move to establish a formal open governance model for the Cloud Foundry open source project. The governance model is expected to be in place by the summer of 2014.
  • Pivotal is joined by EMC, HP, IBM, Rackspace, SAP and VMware, which will all work together to structure a foundation for the Cloud Foundry project, with bylaws that will accelerate the industry adoption of the Cloud Foundry open source project.  These companies have expressed a desire to join the foundation as Platinum sponsors when formed.
  • Additionally, Pivotal announced that ActiveState and CenturyLink will join as Gold level founding sponsors.
  • Cloud Foundry is licensed under the Apache License 2.0, which has already enabled a chorus of major companies and more than 750 individual contributors to enjoy the benefits of the project. The project will be retaining this license as it transitions to a formal governance model.

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Pivotal, the software company at the intersection of big data, PaaS, and agile development, today announced that it will move to establish a formal open governance model for the Cloud Foundry™ open source project. Pivotal will join forces with enterprise software leaders EMC, IBM, HP, Rackspace, SAP and VMware, which will be founding Platinum sponsors, to create an independent non-profit foundation for the Cloud Foundry project. The foundation will be dedicated to the evolution and growth of the Cloud Foundry open source project, and the ecosystem and community around it. Additionally, Pivotal announced that ActiveState and CenturyLink intend to join the foundation as Gold level founding sponsors.

"As software continues to disrupt every aspect of business, enterprises want the ability to develop and deploy applications and have the freedom to seamlessly deploy those applications across a wide variety of cloud-based platforms," said Paul Maritz, CEO, Pivotal. "The foundation for Cloud Foundry will bring together industry leaders committed to the growth of the open PaaS movement, working in concert toward the development of an open cloud architecture that will enable a broad, open ecosystem that will allow many to contribute and benefit, creating applications and services that have major impact on business and our everyday lives."

Since the formation of Pivotal in April 2013, the ecosystem around the Cloud Foundry open source project has progressed from a promising collection of early movers to a significant community working toward enterprise PaaS, with a steadily growing number of major companies participating in the project and more than 750 individual contributors. Continuing that spirit of contribution, each of the founding sponsors will participate in the development of the new organization's governance and provide resources to continue fostering a healthy, vibrant, collaborative and innovative community and ecosystem.

Quotes from Founding Platinum Sponsors:

EMC

"EMC wholeheartedly supports open, collaborative efforts like the Cloud Foundry project to drive platform-as-a-service forward.  Open PaaS will give customers the unprecedented freedom to deploy their workloads to any private, public or hybrid cloud environment – eliminating vendor lock-in and giving customers choice."  – John Roese, Chief Technology Officer, EMC 

IBM

"The establishment of an independent Cloud Foundry foundation to develop and promote an open source platform-as-a-service project is an important step towards building an industry-wide open cloud architecture. To support this, IBM will join the new foundation at the Platinum level and take an active role in developing and promoting the Cloud Foundry project." – Dr. Angel Diaz, Vice President Open Technology and Cloud Performance Solutions, IBM

HP

"We're pleased to support the Cloud Foundry foundation as a Platinum member to help drive the creation of the world's first open governance model for enterprise PaaS. With our rapidly growing community of customers, partners and developers, having an open and flexible platform architecture will enable us to work with more organizations to help them create cloud solutions that are built to their needs and the needs of their customers."  – Bill Hilf, Senior Vice President, Cloud Products and Services, Hewlett Packard

Rackspace

"The world is benefiting from the emergence of open source as the platform for innovation.  It assures customers of access to rapid innovation and choice. We look forward to working with the community to assure that the formation of the Cloud Foundry foundation will spur even greater innovation around PaaS and the broader open source community.  As with OpenStack we are excited to be collaborating with other industry leaders who share a common passion and commitment to open source technologies, to advance the open cloud movement." – Jim Curry, SVP of Strategy and Corporate Development, Rackspace

SAP

"The innovation provided by the Cloud Foundry community aligns very well with innovation occurring inside SAP, and both are gaining significant market momentum. Creating an independent foundation to facilitate the governance of this open source project will foster confidence, accelerate adoption, and help us to meet the diverse needs of our customers and partners. SAP is pleased to support this effort and will join the foundation at the Platinum level." – Daniel Schneiss, Head of P&I HANA Platform, SAP

VMware

"We are pleased to be a founding member of the Cloud Foundry foundation as it will help to establish a single, common multi-cloud architecture. VMware is committed to working with the other Foundation members to continue enhancing the Cloud Foundry platform, helping customers take full advantage of Platform as a Service." Raghu Raghuram, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Infrastructure Management, VMware

Quotes from Founding Gold Sponsors:

ActiveState

"Cloud Foundry is already arguably the de facto open PaaS standard and we are extremely excited that this new Cloud Foundry foundation will be governing the project moving forward. ActiveState has had great success with Stackato (based on Cloud Foundry) and looks forward to contributing along with the other partners to help ensure that Cloud Foundry remains the open PaaS standard in the future." Bart Copeland, President & CEO, ActiveState

CenturyLink Technology Solutions

"The formation of the Cloud Foundry foundation marks another huge milestone in the establishment of an open standard for enterprise PaaS. Our CenturyLink Cloud Development Center engineers are excited to participate in this growing, vibrant ecosystem of innovators creating the next generation of open platform services. We are committed to continuing to bring our expertise and contributions to ensure Cloud Foundry appeals to the broadest base of enterprise developers." – Jared Wray, CenturyLink Cloud CTO

Further Reading

About Cloud Foundry
Cloud Foundry is the leading open platform-as-a-service, providing an open ecosystem of developer frameworks and application services. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications. Cloud Foundry is an Apache 2.0 licensed project, stewarded by Pivotal, and available on Github: https://github.com/cloudfoundry. To learn more about Cloud Foundry visit http://www.cloudfoundry.org/.

About Pivotal
Pivotal, committed to open source and open standards, recently introduced Pivotal One, the world's first comprehensive multi-cloud Enterprise PaaS. The company is also a leading provider of application and data infrastructure software, agile development services, and data science consulting. Follow Pivotal on Twitter @gopivotalLinkedIn, and G+.

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