The Cloud Foundry Foundation, steward of the open-source Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service technology, has introduced the Cloud Foundry PaaS Certification program, an effort to guarantee reliable portability across PaaS products in a multi-vendor, multi-cloud environment.
The foundation also announced that CenturyLink AppFog, HPE Helion Cloud Foundry, Huawei FusionStage, IBM Bluemix, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, SAP HANA Cloud Platform and Swisscom Application Cloud are the first products to receive the Cloud Foundry PaaS Certification.
"Today's news heralds the next era in cloud computing," Cloud Foundry CEO Sam Ramji said in a statement. "In the first generation of cloud computing, companies sacrificed portability and choice for speed and cost-efficiency, tying themselves to a single cloud provider, such as Amazon or Google. As we enter the second generation, businesses are committing to the cloud for the long term. As a consequence, they are demanding an industry standard in order to regain control of their applications and reduce complexity. Cloud Foundry Certification gives businesses an open standard for PaaS that delivers both portability and speed."
Cloud Foundry Certification ensures the application and skill portability across any cloud service or on-premises software product that offers Cloud Foundry. It does this by ensuring all certified products are using the same core Cloud Foundry software. The Cloud Foundry Certification mark is only awarded to products and services that meet the strict technical requirements outlined by the foundation's technical governing body. Products called "Cloud Foundry" can only use that designation after meeting Cloud Foundry Certification standards. Products must re-certify every year.
"IBM has long recognized the importance of open standards, which will be more important than ever as we continue to progress our vision of a truly open, connected cloud," Steve Robinson, general manager of Cloud Platform Services at IBM, said in a statement. "By being one of the first Cloud Foundry founding members, IBM is proud to continue the advancement of open standards and use them as the base of our Bluemix platform, which has rapidly grown to become the largest public deployment of this technology and foundational to our overall hybrid cloud solutions."
Cloud Foundry is used in production at hundreds of enterprises and thousands of organizations. Cloud Foundry standardization gives users freedom of choice and innovation.
"With Cloud Foundry certification of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and our participation in the Cloud Foundry Certification Program, we can enable our customers and partners to leverage a continuous stream of cloud-based innovation in an open-source environment," said Dirk Basenach, vice president of product management for the SAP HANA Cloud Platform at SAP. "This can help lead to application and skill portability across any cloud service or on-premises software product that offers Cloud Foundry."
The new certification is a big step forward for enterprises that rely on continuous innovation as their primary means of competing effectively in an age of rapid change.
"These companies often rely on Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings in order to quickly build new applications to meet their agile customers' needs," said Stephen Hendrick an analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). "Such broad standardization across vendors, combined with Cloud Foundry's extensive portability across the public cloud delivers a tremendous amount of utility that is extremely appealing."