IBM Makes Pivotal Move to Support Cloud Foundry PaaS
IBM and Pivotal announced a partnership aimed at pushing the Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service to critical mass.IBM and Pivotal announced that the two companies will collaborate on further development of the Cloud Foundry platform and open-source project and work toward establishing an open governance model for the community. In essence, IBM has agreed to put its considerable weight behind Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry as the platform of choice for building cloud-based applications. Cloud Foundry is an interoperable platform-as-a-service (PaaS) framework that allows users to have freedom of choice across cloud infrastructure and application programming models, and cloud applications. Working with more than 9,000 cloud clients, IBM sees an increasing appetite for cloud-based mobile, social and analytics applications from line-of-business executives, the company said. CIOs need a more open and vibrant cloud development platform, such as Cloud Foundry, to meet that demand and avoid vendor lock-in. An open Cloud Foundry platform enables clients to rapidly build, deploy and manage cloud applications in a more agile and scalable manner, with confidence. For example, a retailer can quickly create an e-commerce app to take advantage of a current promotion that could run on various cloud infrastructures. IBM and Pivotal made their announcement at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, Ore.
“When you’re working at the application layer, if you have Cloud Foundry as the way to build cloud-based apps, you’ll have an easier time of doing that,” Angel Diaz, IBM’s vice president of software standards and cloud labs, told eWEEK. “We had a solid infrastructure story. The piece missing was what we were doing around the platform—the PaaS.”