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Five Years of Cloud Foundry Foundation

In 2009, a small team at VMware led by Derek Collison created Project B29, a platform-as-a-service built for the enterprise. This project was eventually renamed Cloud Foundry.

Below is a brief history of the Cloud Foundry Foundation on the occasion of its fifth birthday.

 

Five Years of Cloud Foundry Foundation

And Yet, It’s Still Early Days for Cloud: 5 Years at Cloud Foundry Foundation

2011

Officially announced in 2011, Cloud Foundry was open sourced and housed inside Pivotal, a company spun out of EMC and VMware, until the code was donated by Pivotal to Cloud Foundry Foundation upon its launch in January 2015.

2015

Cloud Foundry Foundation officially launches in January with more than 40 members as an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(6) Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. The Cloud Foundry project is comprised of Cloud Foundry Elastic Runtime (now Cloud Foundry Application Runtime) and BOSH.

Technical additions include added support for pushing Docker images into the platform and support for .NET applications running on Windows hosts.

The Foundation launches the Cloud Foundry Certified Provider program, the industry’s only certification program designed to establish reliable portability across PaaS products in multi-vendor, multi-cloud environments.

Steampunk Meets Cyberpunk: The Makings of a Cloud Native Application Platform

Welcome to the Cloud Native Enterprise

The Makings of a Modern Application Architecture

Cloud Foundry Launches Cross-Vendor Cloud Service Certification

Cloud Foundry Summits are held in Silicon Valley, California; Berlin, Germany; and Shanghai, China.

2016

Cloud Foundry Application Runtime reaches platform maturity. Technical additions include the launch of the Open Service Broker API project in collaboration with Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Pivotal, Red Hat and SAP, and OCI and CNI support in Cloud Foundry Application Runtime

Abby Kearns is named Executive Director and Chip Childers is named CTO of Cloud Foundry Foundation.

The Cloud Foundry Days program is launched.

Zen and the Art of Platform

Why Cloud Foundry is Making the Open Service Broker API Even More Open

Hope vs. Reality: Containers in 2016

Identifying the Developer Skills Gap

Cloud Foundry Summits are held in Silicon Valley, California, and Frankfurt, Germany

2017

The Cloud Foundry Certified Developer program and training courses are released. Technical additions include the announcement of Cloud Foundry Container Runtime, formerly Kubo, allowing developers to deploy containers using Kubernetes and BOSH; the release of WinC; and Envoy and Istio integration into the project.

The Foundry, the world’s largest open source marketplace, is made publicly available.

Which App Developer Are You?

An Open Letter to Developers

What Developers Really Want

Hope vs. Reality: Containers One Year Later

2017 Cloud Foundry User Survey

Innovation & Relevance: A Crossroads on the Cloud Journey

Cloud Foundry Summits are held in Silicon Valley, California, and Basel, Switzerland.

2018

Cloud.gov becomes a Cloud Foundry Certified Platform, making it the first government agency to offer a certified platform based on the Cloud Foundry Application Runtime. Cloud Foundry becomes available on Alibaba Cloud, the largest cloud infrastructure provider in China and among the three largest globally.

The Foundation partners with the “Call for Code” initiative to harness the collective power of the global open source developer community against the growing threat of natural disasters.

Technical additions include the launch of Eirini and Project Quarks, formerly CF Containerization, in order to further integrate Kubernetes with Cloud Foundry technologies, as well as the integration of Containerd.

The Foundation introduces the Certified Systems Integrator Program to help SIs, consultancies and professional services organizations highlight their expertise working with the Cloud Foundry family of technologies.

An Animated Journey through the Cloud Native Galaxy

How Cloud Foundry Integrates Kubernetes into Open Source Projects

Where PaaS, Containers and Serverless Stand in a Multi-Platform World

These Are the Top Languages for Enterprise Application Development (And What That Means for Business)

Cloud Trends 2018: What’s Driving Companies to the Cloud

2018 Cloud Foundry User Survey

Cloud Foundry Summits are held in Boston, Massachusetts, and Basel, Switzerland.

2019

The Foundation rolls out Version 2.0 of the Cloud Foundry Certified Developer exam. Technical additions include the announcement that Eirini is supported by all Cloud Foundry Certified Providers less than one year after its launch, with multiple technical previews in the market.

The Foundation announces its first two Certified Systems Integrators less than six months after the program’s launch.

Cloud Foundry Summit Highlights

Adaptation, Not Adoption, is the Key to Digital Transformation

How Developers are Mastering Change: Interoperability, Training & Other Indispensable Tools

Climbing Up the Stack

2019 Cloud Foundry User Survey

Cloud Foundry Summits are held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and The Hague, The Netherlands.

Silver membership in the Cloud Foundry Foundation has been a great benefit to Altoros, helping dozens of enterprises adopt Cloud Foundry as their cloud-native platform of choice. The partnership with the Cloud Foundry Foundation has given us a tremendous opportunity to educate customers on the benefits of open source cloud-native technologies, to impact the global adoption of Cloud Foundry, and to collaborate with other member companies to deliver value and innovation to users, operators, and other service providers of Cloud Foundry.

Renat Khasanshyn, Founder, Altoros

Cloud Foundry is one of the open source projects that are essential to how we create and operate technology at Comcast. Participating in global communities of open source developers gives us the flexibility and agility we need to accelerate our own pace of innovation. And we believe that it’s essential to not just use open source software, but also to contribute back, both by providing code to existing projects like Cloud Foundry, and by making our own software available under open source licenses.

Greg Otto, Executive Director, CX Technologies, Comcast

Dell Technologies was created to provide broad and complete infrastructure to the IT world. An extremely important part of that infrastructure is the experience it delivers to the software developer ecosystem. Our long-term investment and the investment of other major companies and the broader community to support Cloud Foundry and the Foundation has resulted in large enterprises and telecom companies around the world having a robust, modern and effective platform to build, deploy, run and manage modern code powering everything from healthcare to government outcomes. We should all be proud of the maturity of the Foundation and community and the fact that we are one of very few open source projects to become a mainstream technology.

John Roese, Global Chief Technology Officer, Dell EMC

Cloud Foundry and the community built around it has allowed me to grow a business that exploits my technical skills, whilst also giving a greater sense of purpose -- eliminating the infuriating waste that I experienced at so many organizations that were obsessed with technical details and not productivity. In growing this business I have in turn been able to employ folks from a wide variety of backgrounds, and bring them into a community safe in the knowledge that they will be treated with respect, regardless of who they are or where they have come from. The existence of the Cloud Foundry Foundation and its many members has allowed Cloud Foundry to be adopted with confidence by more organisations than if it had been the product of a single vendor. We've seen this first-hand with a number of customers.

Dan Jones, CTO, EngineerBetter

Celebrating its fifth anniversary is a testament to the Cloud Foundry Foundation’s core mission: democratizing enterprise-grade software and making it accessible to developers through open source. I was fortunate to witness Cloud Foundry's birth at VMware, built it while at Pivotal, and look forward to supporting CFF as it expands interoperability with other open source projects including Kubernetes, Istio and KNative.

Nima Badiey, Head of Anthos Partnerships at Google and Cloud Foundry Ambassador

As a founding member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, it is great to see how far Cloud Foundry and the Cloud Foundry Foundation have come over the past five years. Based on this evolution, Cloud Foundry as an integral part of SAP Cloud Platform has become the standard platform to build and run cloud-native business applications within SAP and for our customers and partners. I’m looking forward to seeing how the community continues to collaborate in bringing the Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes open source ecosystems together.

Michael Wintergerst, SVP & Head of SAP Cloud Platform Core, SAP SE

Over the past five years, the Cloud Foundry Foundation has steadfastly delivered on its mission to provide a high productivity experience for cloud native application developers, and to grow and expand that experience while adapting to an ever changing technology landscape. Embracing Kubernetes as a new container management layer is one excellent example of how the Foundation – working with and through its community of many diverse contributors, partners, and users – addresses the evolving needs of today’s developers. That particular example is especially important to SUSE and to our customers, and we are grateful to the Foundation for the work they’ve done to help bring these technologies together.

Thomas Di Giacomo, Chief Technology Officer, SUSE

The engagement with the CF community has been crucial for Swisscom to understand the dynamics of new architectural principles and helped accelerate our journey using and selling Cloud Foundry. In that process we have developed and contributed multiple projects to the community, specifically around service provider requirements. Being part of the CFF and its community is not only about technology. Topics like diversity and inclusivity are values that Swisscom shares and promotes. The Foundation has played an important role in discussing the importance of these topics, as well as helped to give guidance on how companies can implement measures to grow the participation of everybody.

Stephan Massalt, VP Innovation Lab, Swisscom

Cloud Foundry is bringing key benefits to its user base in terms of time-to-market, quality-of-service and cost control. The simple yet powerful user experience of Cloud Foundry has been delighting Orange application development and operation teams since their adoption in 2013. CF helps application teams focus on providing business value rather than technical plumbing. Orange is grateful to the Cloud Foundry contributors and to the overall Cloud Foundry community for sharing this awesome technology as open source and is proud to have been a Silver member of the Foundation since 2017.

Guillaume Berche, Cloud Architect, Orange

Cloud Foundry is bringing key benefits to its user base in terms of time-to-market, quality-of-service and cost control. The simple yet powerful user experience of Cloud Foundry has been delighting Orange application development and operation teams since their adoption in 2013. CF helps application teams focus on providing business value rather than technical plumbing. Orange is grateful to the Cloud Foundry contributors and to the overall Cloud Foundry community for sharing this awesome technology as open source and is proud to have been a Silver member of the Foundation since 2017.

Guillaume Berche, Cloud Architect, Orange

During my time working with Cloud Foundry as an engineer, lead for a PMC, and lead for the community advisory board, I’ve consistently experienced one thing and that is having a dedicated foundation for Cloud Foundry was a support system I could always depend on. I've always been two steps -- and most of the time one step -- away from someone willing to help. The Cloud Foundry Foundation has always acted fairly to all members, and being responsive and inclusive is a trait they carry in all they do.

Michael Maximilien, CTO of Cloud Advocacy at IBM

Cloud Foundry is the first open source community I’ve actively been involved in, and over the last three years it has given me the opportunity to collaborate with many kind, inclusive and intelligent people who I may otherwise never have met. We often say in tech that the only constant is change, and whilst that may be true for the products we’re building, it is not true for the people in this community who continually and enthusiastically represent the values it stands for. As the technology landscape continues to evolve, I’m excited to be a part of this community as it adapts and goes from strength to strength.

Matt McNeeney, PMC Lead, Open Service Broker API

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