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Cloud Foundry Announces New Keynotes at 2017 Europe Summit

Executives from anynines, Google, SAP, SUSE and Cloud Foundry users including KONE Corporation and others take the main stage

SAN FRANCISCO September 6, 2017 Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry-standard platform for cloud applications, today announced six additional keynote speakers will join executives from Allianz, IBM, VMware and Swisscom on the main stage at the 2017 European Summit in Basel, Switzerland, from October 11-12 at the Congress Center Basel.

The line-up now includes Julian Fischer, CEO, anynines; Sarah Novotny, Head of Open Source Strategy for Google Cloud Platform, Google; Jouni Peltonen, Director, IoT at KONE Corporation; Björn Goerke, CTO and SAP Cloud Platform President at SAP; Emamurho Ugherughe, software engineer, SAP; Thomas Di Giacomo, CTO, SUSE; and Michael Miller, President, Strategy, Alliances & Marketing at SUSE.

“With the addition of these industry leaders, our European Summit will provide a unique opportunity to learn, network, and meet other Cloud Foundry users,” said Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation. “With deep technology-focused keynote content, developer-centric tracks, and the only available in-person Cloud Foundry developer certification, this event is can’t-miss for anybody serious about cloud-native technologies.”

With so many Cloud Foundry users, there is now a track devoted to  “Cloud Foundry in the Enterprise,” which includes talks from AllState, BNY Mellon, CSAA Insurance, Home Depot, Orange and Renault-Nissan.

In a departure from past events, the European Summit brings a conversational format to the keynote stage. Cloud Foundry Foundation’s Executive Director Abby Kearns and CTO Chip Childers will lead discussions tied to the day one theme “Move Fast” and the day two theme “Make Things.” This interactive discussion-based style will stimulate critical thinking, draw out ideas, focus more on technical specifics and highlight user stories.

The European Summit comes on the heels of a record-setting Silicon Valley Summit. With support from Platinum sponsors Google, SAP, IBM and VMware, the 2017 Summit in North America set new attendance records. Cloud Foundry has seen vast growth worldwide with 2,400 contributors since inception; 51,000 commits in the last 12 months alone; 70,000 people participating in global community events; and 67 total members. According to internal research, Cloud Foundry has 35 percent of the total market across all deployments, making it the industry leader in the growing cloud application platform market. As stated in market research from Gartner, Cloud Foundry’s total market value is approximately $2.8 billion, rising to $5.25 billion in a few years.

More than 1,000 enterprise developers, architects, engineers and executives from around the world are expected to attend the highly technical Cloud Foundry Summit in Basel. The EU Cloud Foundry Summit in 2016 sold out. Attendees will learn Cloud Foundry from those who build it and use it every day. They will join other developers and CIOs to gain first-hand access to Cloud Foundry roadmaps, training and tutorials, and to see how others are using Cloud Foundry to support continuous innovation and application portability.

Featured tracks include:

  • Core Project Updates —  with topics such as containers, networking and BOSH
  • Cloud-Native Microservices hosted by VMware —  with talks on continuous delivery, Java and the open service broke API
  • Cloud Foundry at Scale hosted by SAP —  with sessions on multi-cloud, cloud-native applications and IoT
  • Cloud Foundry in the Enterprise —  with examples of use cases and stories of digital transformation
  • Experiments & Extensions — with talks on Kubo and Kubernetes, monitoring and “serverless”
  • Wild Card Track — with talks on Vulnerability Management, Kubernetes, deploying BOSCH and more.

Hands-on training will be offered for an additional fee. See the schedule and training workshops here: Attendees will also have access to Cloud Foundry Developer Certification (CFDC) at Summit. Performance-based, community-based and independent of any distribution vendor, Cloud Foundry Developer Certification is the guaranteed way to demonstrate cloud skills and allow developers to be highly productive while working on top of Cloud Foundry.

Summit Europe is supported by Platinum sponsors VMware, SAP and Swisscom; Gold sponsors anynines, Datadog, IBM, Virtustream and VMware; and Silver sponsors AppDynamics, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Dynatrace, GrapeUp, Solace and Volkswagen. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Cloud Foundry is an open source technology backed by the largest technology companies in the world, including Cisco, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Google, IBM, Microsoft, VMware, SAP and SUSE, and is being used by leaders in manufacturing, telecommunications and financial services. Only Cloud Foundry delivers the velocity needed to continuously deliver apps at the speed of business. Cloud Foundry’s container-based architecture runs apps in any language on your choice of cloud — Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, VMware vSphere, and more. With a robust services ecosystem and simple integration with existing technologies, Cloud Foundry is the modern standard for mission critical apps for global organizations.

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