Advancing The Open Cloud Movement

When we started OpenStack, the goal was to form a community of like-minded companies and contributors to push for an open alternative to proprietary cloud software. We saw open source as a platform to foster swift innovation and to give customers more choice.

Less than four years later, OpenStack continues to grow and reach impressive milestones, confirming that our commitment to an open standards-based cloud was the right technological and philosophical choice for Rackspace and our customers.

This week, we’re expanding upon that openness by joining a new open project – Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry Foundation. We’ve signed on as a Platinum sponsor for Cloud Foundry, an Apache 2.0-licensed open-source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) software project. Our fellow founding members include major players like EMC, HP, IBM, SAP and VMware.

The goal of Cloud Foundry is to create portability across Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technologies, including OpenStack, AWS and VMware. Cloud Foundry manages the environment in which the application is being executed, such as the hosting framework, the operating system and the virtual machines. This enables developers to focus on development of the app, rather than the details of how it is deployed, managed and operated.

Our deep ties to OpenStack and our expertise in open technologies were the exact reasons Rackspace was asked to be involved in the Cloud Foundry Foundation. Much like OpenStack, the Cloud Foundry project aligns with our hybrid, open and standards-based strategy. We’re specialists in the hybrid cloud, and we’re a massive supporter of open source technologies. We see Cloud Foundry’s vision for an open source platform layer technology as a compliment to OpenStack, and it will be a massive step forward in the drive toward true cloud federation, interoperability and portability.

The excitement around the Cloud Foundry Foundation is reminiscent of the early days of OpenStack. We’ll work with the other founding members to structure the foundation and bylaws that will help the industry adopt Cloud Foundry. We look forward to sharing with the Cloud Foundry community the knowledge and expertise we acquired while building OpenStack. And we’re excited to work with a community that shares our passion and commitment to open source technologies and the broader open source community. Together, we’ll continue to advance the open cloud movement.


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