Microsoft Azure Embraces Cloud Foundry Open-Source PaaS
Cloud Foundry on Azure is now generally available, setting the stage for increased enterprise adoption of the open-source PaaS technology.Cloud Foundry, the open-source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) project, is now officially supported on Microsoft Azure, the Redmond, Wash., software maker and cloud services provider announced today. Backed by IT heavyweights, including IBM, EMC and SAP, Cloud Foundry is an enterprise-grade software platform designed to help organizations develop, test and deploy scalable cloud applications faster. Befitting Microsoft's cloud-inspired embrace of open-source technologies, Cloud Foundry on Azure is generally available, revealed Ning Kuang, a senior program manager for Microsoft Azure, offering customers a production-ready home for their workloads. "With today's announcement, developers can enjoy a consistent Cloud Foundry experience in Azure, and a simplified provisioning workflow by leveraging Azure Resource Manager templates," she wrote in a Nov. 2 blog post. 'By merging the Azure Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) into the upstream, open-source Cloud Foundry repository, Cloud Foundry on Azure is now powered by the Microsoft Azure team as well as the Cloud Foundry community." Azure customers can use Azure Resource manager to provision Cloud Foundry and the platform's open-source management toolset, BOSH. The release also supports service broker integration along with all standard features, including availability sets and persistent disk snapshots, added Kuang. In addition, users can provision and manage virtual machines used for Cloud Foundry in Azure CPI.
It also opens the door for customers interested in running Cloud Foundry from VMware spinoff Pivotal. The commercial PaaS offering already supports Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OpenStack, and of course, VMware vCloud Air and vSphere.