In theory at least, a standard platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment should greatly advance hybrid cloud computing by providing a common layer of software that abstracts away the underlying infrastructure complexity. To make sure that actually happens, the Cloud Foundry Foundation (CFF) announced today that it has created a certification through which IT organizations will be assured that multiple implementations of the open source Cloud Foundry PaaS are compatible with one another.
The first providers of Cloud Foundry PaaS software to attain a Cloud Foundry PaaS Certification include CenturyLink, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Huawei, IBM, Pivotal, SAP and Swisscom.
Cloud Foundry CEO Sam Ramji adds that this technology certification is the first step in a much broader certification effort that Cloud Foundry will embark on in 2016. As part of that effort, Cloud Foundry is working with some of the leading systems integrators in the industry to create a Cloud Foundry certification for technical professionals as well, says Ramji.
The Cloud Foundry PaaS certification announced today, says Ramji, is intended to be an ounce of prevention aimed at ensuring that the open source Cloud Foundry project doesn’t wind up fragmenting. Only vendors that pass the Cloud Foundry PaaS certification tests will be able to make use of a logo that Cloud Foundry has created.
IDC predicts that by 2017, 35 percent of new applications will use cloud-based continuous delivery, enabled by faster DevOps life cycles, to streamline the rollout of new features for faster business innovation. The degree to which those applications will depend on Cloud Foundry as a PaaS environment to enable that shift remains to be seen. But as an open source framework, the vendors backing Cloud Foundry are betting that it’s only a matter of time before Cloud Foundry marginalizes proprietary PaaS environments that, for the moment at least, are more widely used.