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Cloud Foundry Foundation: Open Source PaaS for the Enterprise

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Cloud Foundry is the leading open source cloud application platform on the market today. It incubated at VMware starting around 2010. VMware then spun off Pivotal, Cloud Foundry’s commercial arm, in 2013. The team at Pivotal decided to open source Cloud Foundry in 2014, and in 2015, the Cloud Foundry Foundation joined the Linux Foundation.

Today, Cloud Foundry features development in multiple languages, and by incorporating efforts from the Open Containers Initiative and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, supports a range of modern container technologies, including Kubernetes and Docker.

The Cloud Foundry Foundation drives several other initiatives in addition to the core platform, including BOSH, a release engineering, deployment, lifecycle management, and monitoring tool. With the help of Pivotal and Google Cloud, the Cloud Foundry Foundation is now steering Kubo, which brings the capabilities of BOSH to Kubernetes.

The result is perhaps the first truly enterprise-class container management and orchestration suite – and enterprises are taking notice. At least 40% of Cloud Foundry Foundation members are from end-user organizations (as opposed to software vendors), and the Foundation’s regular conferences are becoming increasingly enterprise-centric.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, VMware is an Intellyx customer. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.