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VMware opens Cloud Foundry

Jack Loo | April 14, 2011
Vendor says the open nature of PaaS avoids programming lock-in.

SINGAPORE, 14 APRIL 2011 - VMware has unveiled Cloud Foundry, an open platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that supports a variety of programming tools.

Cloud Foundry supports popular programming frameworks, including Spring for Java, Ruby on Rails, Sinatra for Ruby and Node.js, as well as support for other JVM-based frameworks including Grails.

For application services, Cloud Foundry will initially support the MongoDB, MySQL and Redis databases with planned support for VMware vFabric services.

The vendor believes the open nature of Cloud Foundry would be the platform's main selling point. "This gives more choice and avoids lock-in in the cloud infrastructure," said Mike Warrilow, senior manager of products and solutions for VMware Asia Pacific and Japan.

He added that developers would be using Cloud Foundry to create cloud-based applications like social media software instead of the traditional on-premise enterprise systems. "We leave it up to the imagination of the programmers," Warrilow said.

Cloud Foundry is offered in the following models. Available today in beta release, is a full function public cloud PaaS service, operated by VMware, enabling developers to access Cloud Foundry and providing a test bed for new services and operational optimisation. Developers can sign up for invitations today to use this service.

Also available now is, this open source project and community under Apache 2 license enables developers to inspect, evaluate and modify Cloud Foundry software based on their own needs, while also minimising the risk of lock-in. 

Due out later this year is Cloud Foundry Micro Cloud that will be a complete, downloadable instance of Cloud Foundry contained within a virtual machine on a developer's desktop, enabling simplified development and testing of applications.

Meanwhile, VMware is planning to offer a commercial version of Cloud Foundry for enterprises who want to offer PaaS capabilities within their own private clouds and for service providers who want to offer Cloud Foundry via their public cloud services.


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