VMware’s Open PaaS Project Cloud Foundry Adds New Partners, Tools

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Virtualization and cloud computing software developer VMware announced on Wednesday that its open platform as a service project Cloud Foundry is celebrating its first anniversary with the addition of several new partners and tools.

Cloud Foundry has made several new partnerships, introduced a new system for managing open source software contributions, added new tools for operating large-scale services, and many other multi-cloud deployment choices.

Launched by VMware in April 2011 with source code available under the Apache license, Cloud Foundry is open source platform for building cloud-based application development environments.

In a feature posted last month, I explored the many open source communities that are impacting cloud computing, such as OpenStack.

“Since the launch of Cloud Foundry as the first open PaaS one year ago, we’ve seen incredible developer excitement for a better way to build and deploy cloud applications as well as tremendous industry investment in and around Cloud Foundry,” said Steve Herrod, CTO and senior vice president of R&D at VMware. “By offering a simplified approach that embraces the diversity and speed of modern application development, Cloud Foundry removes complexity at almost every stage of the development process and enables developers to take advantage of innovation that is occurring across the industry.”

Several new partners have joined Cloud Foundry’s ecosystem of partners, including Cloud9, Collabnet, ServiceMesh, SOASTA, and X.commerce. The open source project’s partner network comprises of many development and tool providers, cloud management vendors, public cloud operators, framework and application service developers and application developers.

Since launching, Cloud Foundry has been widely forked and followed on GitHub with broad and substantive contributions stemming from the developer community.

The project has brought along support for dozens of major development frameworks and application services, as well as deployment to diverse cloud infrastructure, bug fixes, documentation and other contributions.

VMware introduced the new source code management system CloudFoundry.org to facilitate even broader community participation.

By converging Cloud Foundry source code to a single set of public code repositories on GitHub and integrating with Gerrit for code reviews and Jenkins for continuous integration.

The new process simplifies community code contributions, improves code quality and offers greater visibility into code changes as they happen.

VMware has also launched Cloud Foundry BOSH, an open source tool chain for release engineering, deployment and lifecycle management of large-scale distributed services.

The new feature is designed to enable the systematic and prescriptive evolution of services, facilitating the operation of production instances of Cloud Foundry.

Proven in the course of operating CloudFoundry.com, BOSH is available under the Apache license from CloudFoundry.org and currently includes support for VMware vSphere as well as early support for Amazon Web Services.

A wide range of private cloud distributions, cloud management and deployment solutions and public cloud operators are supporting Cloud Foundry, giving customers multi-cloud deployment options for greater flexibility.

Cloud Foundry is also organizing its first “Cloud Foundry Open Tour” at the end of April through the beginning of May. This worldwide series of “Developer Days” will provide developers with tips on how they can develop cloud applications with open PaaS.

Talk Back: Are you a regular user of Cloud Foundry? Do you use or contribute to any other open source cloud platforms? Let us know in the comments.

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