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Cloud Foundry Gains New Partners

VMware Inc.'s Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service (PaaS) has signed on several new supporters of its open-cloud effort.

Cloud Foundry, which runs atop VMware's vSphere and vCloud platforms, went into beta in April. It is striving to offer a platform by which customers can develop and deploy applications to multiple clouds.

Now Cloud Foundry has a number of new partners joining in its cause: Canonical, Dell, enStratus and Opscode, all of which are aiming to make it easier to deploy Cloud Foundry-based infrastructures.  

"We are announcing collaborations with key industry partners, dramatically expanding the integrated tooling for running Cloud Foundry almost anywhere, and delivering on our portability vision," Cloud Foundry said on its blog.

Here's what the various partners are bringing to Cloud Foundry:

  • Canonical: The Ubuntu 11.10 Linux distribution will include Cloud Foundry. The company said it has added client and server deployment tools, enabling both single-node and multi-node PaaS environments.

  • Dell: Using its software framework called Crowbar, users have a recognized open-source bare-metal installation package. Cloud Foundry will release a Crowbar "barclamp" that will install and configure Cloud Foundry.

  • enStratus: The company has added Cloud Foundry to its service catalog, allowing Cloud Foundry to be deployed on any of the 18 clouds supported by the vendor, which will offer a management and automation platform that manages vSphere, vCloud and Cloud Foundry infrastructures.

  • Opscode: The creator of the popular Chef open-source cloud automation system said it will simplify the building of complex Cloud Foundry topologies.

Cloud Foundry is predicting that these new integrations and the Cloud Foundry VMC client will show up on "millions" of developer and server operating systems.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on August 17, 2011


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