Definition

Cloud Foundry

Contributor(s): Nicholas Rando

Cloud Foundry is an open source cloud platform as a service (PaaS) on which developers can build, deploy, run and scale applications on public and private cloud models. VMware originally created Cloud Foundry and it is now part of Pivotal Software.

Cloud Foundry is licensed under Apache 2.0 and supports Java, Node.js, Go, PHP, Python and Ruby. The open source PaaS is highly customizable, allowing developers to code in multiple languages and frameworks. This eliminates the potential for vendor lock-in, which is a common concern with PaaS.

Developers choose Cloud Foundry for its free, open source nature and for the ability to use their own tools and code. Similar platforms and competitors to Cloud Foundry include OpenShift, Google App Engine and Heroku.

For infrastructure management, Cloud Foundry uses BOSH, an open source tool for deployment and lifecycle management.

In February 2014, Pivotal, EMC, IBM, Rackspace and VMware formed the Cloud Foundry Foundation, which currently has more than30 members. The independent non-profit foundation has an open governance policy that allows any organization to contribute.

The Cloud Foundry Foundation's goal is to use the innovations of the community to create an agile platform for cloud-native applications and software.

Cloud Foundry Foundation members include:

  • Accenture
  • ActiveState
  • Alpine Data Labs
  • Altoros
  • Anchora
  • anynines
  • AppDynamics
  • Azul Systems
  • Blue Box
  • BNY Mellon
  • Canonical
  • Canopy
  • Capgemini
  • CenturyLink
  • CloudCredo
  • Docker
  • EMC
  • Ericsson
  • GE
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • jFrog
  • MongoDB
  • NTT
  • Piston Cloud Computing
  • Pivotal
  • Rackspace
  • Redis Labs
  • SAP
  • Stark & Wayne
  • Telus
  • Verizon
  • VMware
This was last updated in October 2014

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