Pulling a Rackspace

Cloud Foundry to strike out from Pivotal home

Lucy Carey
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PaaS project released to be developed into new foundation, opening the door for a new wave of sign-ups.

Cloud Foundry, Pivotal’s open source PaaS offering, is
being spun out into an independent foundation. The company, which
was itself is an offshoot from VMware and EMC, broke the news on Monday. Rather than
letting Cloud Foundry go under the wing of one independent
organisation like the Apache Software Foundation, Pivotal believe
that it is in the
best interests
of the technology to be taken on board by a
smaller coalition of vendors working in collaboration with each
other.

On board as platinum sponsors for this new entity will
be  HP, IBM, SAP, and Rackspace, who will contribute U.S. $
500,000 over a period of at least three years. The latter sponsor
set a precedent for this tactic when it broke away from open source
cloud infrastructure software project OpenStack back in 2012. Since
going solo, OpenStack has mushroomed into one of the leading

open source cloud
offerings.

The foundation will operate to establish an open
governance model for Cloud Foundry, which should come into force
this summer. Bylaws will be put into place by these parties and
Pivotal to accelerate the industry adoption of the Cloud Foundry
open source project. As it transitions to a formal governance
model, Cloud Foundry will be retaining its Apache License
2.0.

For Cloud Foundry this is an important step towards
playing a major role in the emerging PaaS market, and the hefty
committers behind it signal that the industry at large is taking it
very seriously. Also putting their weight behind this new
initiative are ActiveState and CenturyLink, (the data center and
cloud services company formerly known as Savvis), who have signed
on as Gold Sponsors.

It makes a lot of sense to break the Foundry away from
Pivotal. With one dominant company removed from the equation, the
door is opened for a host of new parties to get involved –
 certainly an important aspect of OpenStack’s impressive
growth. Cloud Foundry now has the chance to be the PaaS space
equivalent of OpenStack, which has become a key player in
Infrastructure-as-a-Service sector.

Of course, it’s not a totally open field. There’s RedHat’s
OpenShift on one hand, as well as offerings from behemoths like
Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, all of whom are jostling for space
in the IaaS field. It’ll be interesting to see how the new Cloud
Foundry foundation finds a way to stand out in this market space as
more concrete roadmaps emerge.

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