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VMware Cloud Foundry on OpenStack puts kibosh on vendor lock-in

OpenStack developer Piston Cloud Computing plans to integrate the Infrastructure as a Service platform with VMware's PaaS to eliminate lock-in.

An open source project between Piston Cloud Computing and VMware gives developers a way to create and deploy apps in the cloud without being locked in to a proprietary platform.

Piston Cloud Computing said this week it is working with VMware on an open source project that enables the OpenStack cloud OS to support Cloud Foundry’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering.

The goal is for VMware's Cloud Foundry PaaS applications to run on multiple OpenStack clouds. However, at least one OpenStack developer said this approach is nothing new.

An interesting differentiator for Cloud Foundry is its openness, and running on multiple cloud infrastructures is in line with that message.

Al Hilwa, program director at IDC Corp.

"We have done deployments of Cloud Foundry on OpenStack," said Boris Renski, co-founder and executive vice president of Mirantis Inc., an OpenStack engineering services firm in Mountain View, Calif.

Meanwhile, the big picture view of this deal is it boosts credibility for each platform, “as it links the two formative ecosystems in an interesting way," said Al Hilwa, program director of applications development software at research firm IDC Corp.

"An interesting differentiator for Cloud Foundry is its openness, and running on multiple cloud infrastructures is in-line with that message,” Hilwa added. “The two companies are working together in a way that should be a plus for both respective customers [and give customers] more choices and a more integrated solution.”

Piston Cloud is developing a Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) it plans to integrate into a future release of OpenStack-based Piston Enterprise OS, the company said. The CPI will integrate OpenStack's cloud infrastructure with Cloud Foundry.

The project will use BOSH, a recently announced open source tool chain for release engineering, deployment and lifecycle management of very large scale instances of Cloud Foundry, according to a Cloud Foundry blog. BOSH already supports VMware's vSphere and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Cloud Foundry is available under the Apache 2.0 License.

OpenStack was developed by Rackspace and NASA in July 2010, and is supported by some 150 companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Intel Corp., Cisco Systems, Advanced Micro Devices and SuSE Linux. The latest to jump on board the OpenStack bandwagon are IBM and Red Hat.

Piston Cloud says it will submit the code for consideration as an OpenStack incubation project.

Stuart J. Johnston is Senior News Writer for Contact him at

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