Cloud Foundry Launches PaaS Certification Program

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-12-16 Print this article Print
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Gartner research reports the PaaS market crossed the $4 billion mark this year, and Wikibon Research predicts it will grow to $68.3 billion by 2026.

"Cloud Foundry Certification gives us a great deal of confidence knowing we're getting an open-source, standard platform," said Kaiser Permanente CTO Mike Sutten, in a statement. "We know we're going to need freedom to choose other suppliers in the future to further enable our commitment to providing high-quality, affordable health care, and it is important that we have a platform on which we can rely over time, regardless of which suppliers we choose."

"As a founding member, we've believed in Cloud Foundry's vision and their ability to achieve it since its inception," said BNY Mellon CIO Suresh Kumar. "We are betting big on Cloud Foundry to run our next-generation NEXEN digital ecosystem. We need to be able to run our apps all over the world and that means we need Certified Cloud Foundry to guarantee portability."

IDC predicts that by 2016 there will be an 11 percent shift of IT budget away from traditional in-house IT delivery toward various versions of cloud computing as a new delivery model.  By 2017, 35 percent of new applications will use cloud-based continuous delivery, enabled by faster DevOps life cycles to streamline the rollout of new features for faster business innovation.

"When Pivotal created Cloud Foundry, our intent was to build the world's most powerful continuous innovation platform," Rob Mee, CEO of Pivotal, said in a statement. "Since that time, we've seen incredible customer adoption and community growth. With today's certification announcement, we're one step closer to Cloud Foundry becoming the de facto platform on which enterprise customers will grow their future business."

Cloud Foundry is collectively owned by 55 member companies including industry leaders in banking (JPMC, BNY Mellon, Citi, Bloomberg and RBC), telecommunications (Verizon, Swisscom, Telstra, CenturyLink, NTT, Huawei and Ericsson), heavy industry (GE), management consulting (Accenture, Atos, Capgemini, Fujitsu and Toshiba), and large-scale computing (Pivotal, IBM, SAP, HPE, Intel, EMC, VMware and Cisco). The platform is portable across Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack and a range of data center infrastructure.

"There are two enterprise trends we see converging—the move to cloud native application platforms and demand for hybrid cloud solutions," Bill Hilf, senior vice president and general manager of HPE Cloud at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said in a statement. "HPE has played an important role helping Cloud Foundry become the industry standard for building and running apps across multiple cloud environments. By joining together with other Cloud Foundry Foundation members to support certification, we believe application portability across hybrid clouds will be greatly improved for customers. This is what enterprises want and the Cloud Foundry community is responding."



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