Cloud Foundry Core and the Future of PaaS

Today, VMware released a new project that we are very happy to be a part of.

Cloud Foundry Core is a set of definitions designed to provide structure and standards across the PaaS market. Designed to enable portability and protect against vendor lock-in, Cloud Foundry Core gives buyers and developers the confidence they need when choosing a PaaS vendor. You can see AppFog’s dynamic listing of Core runtimes and services, plus additional value-add runtimes and services at the Core Listings page.

Fear of cloud lock-in has been a major barrier for enterprise adoption of PaaS to date. Here at AppFog, we have been doing everything we can to fight against lock-in, and Cloud Foundry Core is a project that we deeply believe in. As PaaS solutions evolve from single-language and single-infrastructure “Generation One” solutions to polyglot, multi-infrastructure “Generation Two” solutions, protection against lock-in becomes both more complicated and even more important.

We see Core as one of the clearest examples of the power of the ecosystem to date and believe it is the correct path forward in defining standards in the new Cloud reality. By working with the leading Cloud Foundry PaaS vendors, VMware is letting customers, developers, and the market define what PaaS is and where it will go next.

As everyone who follows us knows, we are huge Cloud Foundry fans here at AppFog. We have made a big bet not just on the technology, but more importantly on the community and the ecosystem. We are really proud to see this bet paying off and cannot wait to help Core in particular, and Cloud Foundry in general, evolve and grow.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/JeremyCMorgan Jeremy Morgan

    Very cool. I could see where this is a big risk for all the participants, because you’re opening yourself up for people to easily leave to a competitor. The benefit however is huge for the technology itself and everyone connected to it.

    Other industries learned this lesson generations ago, automobile makers for instance agree to countless standards like wheel size, headlight bulbs, (it’s a huge list I’m sure) so there is less lock in for the consumer, and there is less for automakers to worry about as well. Every developer knows the benefits of abstraction and standardization of areas to shift focus on spaces where innovation is needed. Rather than trying to build a better tire and headlamp bulb they’re building a better car.

    AppFog isn’t likely to thrive if they’re too focused on providing their own version of PAAS and the cloud. If it’s not obvious to the customer, they don’t care. It’s the interface to that technology that’s going to matter. I’m currently working with several cloud service providers and they’re all essentially portals to cloud foundry anyway and some work better than others, what I like about AppFog is the tons of options available and a smooth interface. You guys really “get it” and that’s what will make the difference.

    This kind of stuff makes me excited for the future of cloud computing and showing that’s it more than a gimmick or fancy buzzword.

  • Luc Perkins

    Your analogy with other the auto industry is SPOT. ON. It is indeed a risk, but it’s one that we accept with confidence that we will always be fully in step with the community surrounding Cloud Foundry (not to mention that this is a token of our confidence in the rest of the community!).

    Anyway, thank YOU for your vote of confidence in us.

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