IBM Makes Pivotal Move to Support Cloud Foundry PaaS

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-07-24 Print this article Print

Moreover, as was the case with OpenStack, IBM considered providing its own solution in the open PaaS offering, but decided to go with an established project.

“Cloud Foundry already had a number of users and was already going at a good trajectory,” Diaz said. “It was the same thing we said about OpenStack. There already is a community. This whole cloud platform layer is emerging, and there’s lots of opportunity to innovate together. And if we can use this stuff out in the open and innovate faster and better, then we all can benefit. At the end of the day, this is a layer of technology where you don’t want proprietary technologies.”

Pivotal will establish a community advisory board of Cloud Foundry users and vendors—including IBM—to guide the community as outlined on the Cloud Foundry site. Pivotal will continue to steward the Cloud Foundry brand and preserve the trademark from direct commercial use in product names. IBM and Pivotal will co-host a community conference for Cloud Foundry Sept. 8-9 in Santa Clara, Calif.

“We believe that the Cloud Foundry platform has the potential to become an extraordinary asset that many players can leverage in an open way to enable a new generation of applications for the cloud,” said Paul Maritz, CEO of Pivotal, in a statement. “IBM’s considerable investment in Cloud Foundry is already producing great results with application-centric cloud offerings such as making IBM WebSphere Liberty available on Cloud Foundry. We look forward to growing and expanding an open Cloud Foundry community together with IBM.”

IBM and Pivotal are also collaborating on the technology that enables programming languages or frameworks to be deployed on the Cloud Foundry platform. Early fruit of this collaboration is a preview version of WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core, IBM’s lightweight version of the WebSphere Application Server. It helps clients respond to enterprise and market needs more quickly by enabling less complex, rapid development and deployment of Web, mobile, social and analytic applications using fewer resources. With the capabilities of the WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core running on Cloud Foundry, developers benefit from the robustness of the WebSphere platform and the innovation of the emerging cloud architecture.

“This is a significant new endorsement from a giant of enterprise software that will give Cloud Foundry even more credibility,” said Al Hilwa, an analyst with IDC. “Given this announcement, I expect to see IBM invest in this project and help drive its governance forward to really achieve critical mass. Cloud Foundry has already garnered significant support from many players and has built up an ecosystem, but putting IBM's imprimatur and resources behind it will be felt in the industry.”

Platform, the upcoming Cloud Foundry Conference, will be a community event focused on Cloud Foundry. The two-day event will feature presentations by the thought leaders behind the technology as well as community presentations by companies that are using Cloud Foundry to build a new class of dynamic, agile, elastic and intelligent application platform. More information on the event can be found here.



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