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Cloud Foundry Foundation continues to swell

Lucy Carey

Spun-out Pivotal body gains momentum as big names put their support (and their cash) into the potential PaaS leader.


As we reported in February, Cloud
Foundry, Pivotal’s
open source PaaS offering
, has
been spun out into an independent body: the Cloud Foundry
Foundation – slated to formally launch sometime around the close of
2014. At the time, Pivotal stated that, following a precedent set
by OpenStack, they believe it is in the
best interests
of the technology
for it to be taken on board by a smaller coalition of vendors
working in collaboration with each other.

The bricks for the Foundation were laid by HP,
IBM, SAP, and Rackspace, who, as Platinum sponsors, have pledged to
contribute U.S. $ 500,000 over a period of at least three years.
They were joined in this early effort by ActiveState and
CenturyLink, (the datacenter and cloud services company formerly
known as Savvis), who signed up as Gold Sponsors. A little later,
Intel, NTT, Verizon, and a few other eager early adopters, climbed

This Thursday, it was announced that yet

more companies
will be joining the Foundry
Foundation founding members, each of them pledging nearly $100,000
to seal the deal. In total, 16 silver members (meaning they will be
$30,000 a year within three years) have come on board to date,
bringing the total numbers up to 33.

New recruits include Alpine Data Labs, Altoros,
Anchora, Anynines, AppDynamics, Azul Systems, Blue Box, Canonical,
CloudCredo, Docker, jFrog, MongoDB, Piston Cloud Computing, Redis
Labs, Stark & Wayne, and Telus.

At the beginning of May, Pivotal announced that,
“In addition to establishing a 10-member advisory board, the Cloud
Foundry community in the past 12 months has seen an increase in
contributors by 113%, contributing nearly 700,000 lines of
code.” Although the future of PaaS is still

up for debate
, with this doubling of
cash-committed backers, if anyone has a shot at becoming the go-to
tech for deploying apps to virtualized servers and
stores, it’s the Foundry crew.


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