Platforms Beat Products, Every Time

by October 8, 2015

Platforms beat products. 10 years ago, that might have not been the popular thinking. However, the latest cloud platforms are beating product. Over at today, Bryan Kirschner posted an interesting piece on how platform economics work – and why a product strategy will always lose.
As he puts it: “a successful platform strategy requires upending product strategy assumptions. Products win on features. Platforms win with communities. Value creation must shift from internal optimization to external servicing. Behavior must shift from command-and-control to openness by default.”
He goes on to highlight the three key pillars of a presentation from Cloud Foundry’s CEO, Sam Ramji:

News: EMC CTO John Roese Elected Chair of Cloud Foundry Board

by April 9, 2015

Today we announced that EMC’s CTO, John Roese, was eleccted Chair by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. In the role of Chair, John will be responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the Foundation. You can read more about it — and the importance of John’s background — in this Forbes story by Ben Kepes.

“Cloud Foundry is gaining momentum and the foundation needs to be seen in a credible light.” – Ben Kepes

“John’s progressive views on technology development and strong business acumen will serve the Foundation well,” said Cloud Foundry CEO Sam Ramji. “He leads a talented Board of Directors who are committed to making Cloud Foundry a place of practice for continuous innovation.

Welcome to Cloud Foundry: Mirantis

by April 2, 2015

Earlier this morning, news broke that Mirantis has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation. You can read more about in the official press release below.
Forbes’ Ben Kepes also provides a solid analysis of why this marriage of platform and infrastructure is good for companies who want to build their businesses on open cloud technologies.

Press Release
Mirantis Joins Cloud Foundry Foundation
Newest member commits to simplifying deployment and management of Cloud Foundry on top of OpenStack
SAN FRANCISCO, April 2, 2015 – Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the leading open source cloud native application platform, today announced that Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, has joined the organization.

Cloud Foundry Summit 2015 Agenda is Live!

by March 26, 2015

The much anticipated agenda for Cloud Foundry Summit 2015 is here. And it’s overflowing with user stories, high octane keynotes and deep technical content. This is a program you don’t want to miss. Register today.
The announcement press release is below. You an also check out the schedule and register at the official Cloud Foundry Summit site.

Essential Elements of an Enterprise PaaS

by October 24, 2013

When I speak with customer prospects about Cloud Foundry, I don’t start with networks, servers, VMs and build my way up a stack of abstractions, instead I ask them how they will change to compete in an industrial era increasingly defined by software. Refactoring their entire mindset away from IT management to becoming a high performance software factory is job-one of any briefing I give.
Enterprise PaaS delivers a next generation platform to answer this challenge. Leaving the legacy of custom VM, middleware and server orchestration behind can sometimes be uncomfortable for traditional IT buyers, but it is captivating to business oriented leaders looking to transform their organizations.

IBM WebSphere Liberty Buildpack on Cloud Foundry

by July 23, 2013

IBM has just announced it is joining the Cloud Foundry project and making it a component of their open cloud architecture. Pivotal and IBM has jointly announced a series of actions to further engage the community in Cloud Foundry.
A guest blog by Rachel Reinitz, an IBM Distinguished Engineer in IBM Software Services
As one of the IBMers who have been engaging with Pivotal, I’ve really enjoyed the collaboration and certainly learned a lot. So, I’d like to tell you about the IBM/Pivotal collaboration around developing an IBM Java and Liberty buildpack.
Buildpacks offer Great Potential
A key part of the Cloud Foundry architecture is the use of buildpacks to specify and compose runtime environments for a class of applications. Cloud Foundry has adopted buildpacks from Heroku.

OpenStack Swift as a Cloud Foundry service

by July 12, 2013

This is a guest blog post by anynines, a Cloud Foundry hosted cloud provider from Europe.
In the past few years, the perception of cloud hosting has been revolutionized by the growth of IaaS and PaaS environments. However, many of the major hosting companies are US-based. In order to assure that data subject to European Union data privacy regulations stays in the EU, it might be important for some users to choose an IaaS that is completely EU-based (unlike AWS, for example).
We are committed to solving this challenge. Say “hello” to anynines – a solution for European cloud enthusiasts (or any others!) looking for safe, 100% European PaaS hosting. 
Matching IaaS to your PaaS
Firstly, we needed an IaaS that was EU-based and that worked with our PaaS. Adds Hadoop Support for Cloud Foundry

by May 20, 2013

In this guest post, Jake Farrell, CTO for, explains how the major shift in the hosting industry towards platforms for high developer productivity and data-centric applications led them to build their Platform as a Service using Cloud Foundry with Hadoop support.

Test for Cloud Foundry Core Compatibility here.

The hosting industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation due to increasing demand for self-service cloud based capabilities. To greet this shift,, a subsidiary of, is leveraging 19 years of hosting experience, and adopting Cloud Foundry as the foundation for its Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Want to Contribute to Cloud Foundry? Come on in!

by May 16, 2013

Cloud Foundry is an Open Platform-as-a-Service, and an Open Source project. It has attracted phenomenal interest from the community – including partners, companies using the code internally, and those individual developers with a passion for getting involved. You can find the source code on Github. Community contributions are what help to make the platform so extensible. We are always happy when we receive a Github pull request to offer new functionality or fixes! We also appreciate bug reports submitted through Github Issues.
Looking at the Cloud Foundry project as a whole though… where should you start?
As you might imagine, there are a lot of moving parts in a PaaS.

Future-proofing Your Apps: Cloud Foundry and Node.js

by June 27, 2012

Most real-world applications we ship to consumers or enterprises are multi-year projects. In the cloud era, newer technologies (programming languages, runtimes, frameworks) are created faster than ever. While most of them fail to get any traction, once in a while a technology becomes popular because it solves a problem or set of problems extremely well.
Now in such an era, if you make a large investment for a multi-year project on a PaaS that only supports one technology and some other technology comes along that happens to solve your problem better, then you are stuck. You have unintentionally become a victim of vendor lock-in. The heart of your problem is that your PaaS, and hence your app, was not future-proofed to begin with.