VMware Embraces Pivotal PaaS for Hybrid Cloud

Pivotal CEO sees his firm's technology as being the most important innovation since Linux.


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VMware today announced that it is supporting the Pivotal Cloud Foundry (CF) Platform-as-a-Service (Paas) on the vCloud Hybrid Service (VCHS).

Pivotal and VMware are not strangers with one another. Pivotal was officially launched in April of 2013 and includes technologies spun out of EMC and VMware. The VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering that first debuted in May of 2013. Cloud Foundry had been available and supported for VMware's on-premises virtualization customers since 2013 and is now been enabled for vCHS.

During a keynote at the EMC World conference today, Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz detailed what his company is trying to do with Cloud Foundry.

Maritz emphasized that Cloud Foundry from day one has always been an open-source project. VMware first started Cloud Foundry in April of 2011 and moved it to Pivotal in 2013.

Pivotal has made significant moves to open up the leadership and development of Cloud Foundry. Maritz noted that his company has now placed Cloud Foundry under the custodianship of a foundation.

"Our partners for the initial governance of that foundation are IBM, SAP and Rackspace along with EMC with VMware," Maritz said.

In addition to VMware vHCS, Maritz said that other cloud service providers including Verizon, NTT and Swisscom are also partners with Pivotal for Cloud Foundry.

"We're seeing the birth and the formation of something that I believe will become as important to our industry as Linux has been over the last 20 years," Maritz said.

Maritz added that he's trying to leverage all the lessons learned on how to build an open software platform and how to engage an ecosystem. Part of the goal of having an ecosystem around Cloud Foundry is to 'fill in the blanks' that Pivotal itself is not providing.

"IBM has announced that Cloud Foundry will be at the core of what they call their BlueMix services," Maritz said. "HP likewise will be announcing a set of cloud offerings that will be using Cloud Foundry on top of their OpenStack implementation and there will be more."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Datamation and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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Tags: Linux, cloud computing, VMware, hybrid cloud, PaaS

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