May 1, 2014 | Written by: Christopher Ferris
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Today is yet another momentous day for Cloud Foundry fans! Pivotal just announced the expansion of Cloud Foundry Foundation sponsorship to include eight additional Gold sponsors: Accenture, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, GE, Ericsson, Intel, NTT and Verizon.
These organizations join the founding sponsors of the foundation, which was announced in February when IBM signed on with EMC, HP, Pivotal, Rackspace, SAP and VMware at the Platinum level. ActiveState and CenturyLink joined at the Gold level at that time.
IBM is very excited to welcome our new partners to the Cloud Foundry family. This growth means that the Cloud Foundry Foundation’s support has nearly doubled since Pivotal announced its intention to establish an independent Foundation for the Cloud Foundry open source initiative. This continued growth and increased support should send clear signals to the market that Cloud Foundry is fast becoming the platform as a service (PaaS) open source development platform of choice.
Community momentum has only accelerated since the Cloud Foundry Foundation was announced. Participation in the monthly Community Advisory Board open forums has seen a nice bump of about 50 percent. Subscribers to the developers forum have doubled in the last year.
The growing community of Cloud Foundry developers has contributed significant advancements in recent months. In fact, today we approved the first graduate project out of the incubation process: the golang buildpack. We also approved two new incubation projects: Pivotal’s Bookbinder project, and IBM’s Performance Acceptance Tests (PAT) project. The Eclipse tools have relocated to the Cloud Foundry project from Spring, and a Pivotal/IBM development team just released its first update since the move.
Other new developments include improvements to enabling high availability for applications, buildpack management capabilities as well as audit events, identity enhancements and single sign-on support.
The community is now turning its attention to globalization enablement for the CLI and Cloud Controller API and integration of OpenStack’s Keystone with the Cloud Foundry user authentication and authorization (UAA) component in addition to integration of support for .NET and Docker. If this has whet your appetite for more details, then you’ll just have to join us at the next Cloud Foundry Summit in San Francisco, June 9-11, 2014.
It isn’t too late to register. Hear from industry leaders and Cloud Foundry Sponsors to learn more about, and influence, the technical direction of Cloud Foundry. There will be technical and user-oriented breakout sessions, as well as unconference sessions to learn more about development contributions and future technical directions. If you are interested in IBM’s take on Cloud Foundry, visit us at the IBM booth to view IBM Cloud demos based on Cloud Foundry. I look forward to seeing you all there!