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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 aboard.

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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