Pivotal Names Eight Additional Organizations that Intend to Join the Cloud Foundry Foundation Accenture, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, Ericsson, GE, Intel, NTT and Verizon to be added to Cloud Foundry Foundation; Joins other Gold level members ActiveState, and CenturyLink, and the Platinum level members including EMC, HP, IBM, Pivotal, Rackspace, SAP and VMware To Bring Open, Multi-cloud Platform-as-a-Service to Enterprise Computing

SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Summary

  • Pivotal today announced that it has expanded the Cloud Foundry Foundation with the addition of eight new companies who have signed non-binding memorandum of understanding to join the Foundation as Gold level members when it forms this Fall. The total number of members who have stated their intention to join stands at 17. Only two additional Gold level members will be added which will bring the total Platinum and Gold members to 19.
  • Accenture, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, Ericsson, GE, Intel, NTT and Verizon are the eight organizations that intend to become members and represent a mix of the types of companies that are not only developing for the platform but who are using or may plan to use the platform in their respective business operations.
  • Earlier this year, Pivotal orchestrated the creation of a formal open governance model for Cloud Foundry led initially by EMC, HP, IBM, Pivotal, Rackspace, SAP and VMware, each of whom recognize that in working together, the collective efforts of the biggest brands in technology and industry will accelerate the growth and adoption of an open PaaS in the enterprise.
  • The community and sponsors will gather for the Cloud Foundry Summit this June 9-11, 2014 in San Francisco. The conference is where dedicated community members share information, exchange ideas and influence the future direction of Open Source Platform-as-a-Service. Register at http://cfsummit.com

Pivotal, the software company at the intersection of big data, PaaS, and agile development, today announced eight new Gold level sponsors have committed to join the Cloud Foundry™ Foundation, nearly doubling the number of Foundation members in less than three months. This significant show of momentum indicates that the industry is rallying to bring open, multi-cloud platform-as-a-service to enterprise computing.  Gold level sponsors - Accenture, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, Ericsson, GE, Intel, NTT and Verizon – intend to join the founding Platinum members – EMC, HP, IBM, Pivotal, Rackspace, SAP and VMware, as well as founding Gold level members ActiveState and CenturyLink – to employ their collective wisdom and resources in the further advancement and realization of a truly open enterprise PaaS. All members have signed non-binding memorandum of understanding until the formation of the Foundation in the Fall of 2014.

Continuing the spirit of contribution to Cloud Foundry, each new Gold level sponsor can participate in the organization's governance, and provide resources to nourish the healthy, vibrant, collaborative and innovative community and ecosystem. The community has already made significant contributions to the growing Cloud Foundry environment. In addition to establishing a 10-member advisory board, the Cloud Foundry community in the past 12 months has seen an increase in contributors by 113%, contributing nearly 700,000 lines of code.

"The Cloud needs an open ecosystem, much as Linux provided for servers. We are delighted to welcome these new partners in guiding and building Cloud Foundry to support an open ecosystem of users, applications, services and providers," said Paul Maritz, CEO, Pivotal.

Quotes from New Gold Sponsors:

Accenture
Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer, Accenture
"We applaud Pivotal for taking a leadership role in driving this industry initiative to advance an open PaaS solution for enterprise IT. Across our work on thousands of enterprise cloud projects, we have seen demand from clients for open, standards-based, hybrid cloud architectures, and we look forward to working with Cloud Foundry Foundation to advance the platform and incorporate it in our solutions."

BNY Mellon
Suresh Kumar, senior executive vice president and chief information officer, BNY Mellon
"We're excited to become part of an exciting, new community dedicated to the evolution and growth of cloud technology, including standards such as Open Stack, the Cloud Foundry open source project, and the ecosystem and community around it. This is an excellent opportunity for BNY Mellon to showcase our own capabilities and accelerate our strategy, while learning from other well-established organizations and evolving our cloud platform."

Capgemini
Lanny Cohen, global chief technology officer, Capgemini
"At Capgemini we have a successful track record of helping our clients to evolve and transform their application environments and then deploying to public, private and hybrid clouds of their choice. Our membership of the Cloud Foundry foundation is important as we see it having a major impact on the next generation of insight driven applications."

Ericsson
Ulf Ewaldsson, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Ericsson
"Ericsson is committed to collaborating with organizations that are helping develop the interoperable, open and programmable network of tomorrow. We look forward to working with Cloud Foundry Foundation and its constituent members to build a production platform for virtualized network functions and other workloads important to our customers."

GE
Bill Ruh, vice president, GE Software
"At GE, we look forward to working with a diverse ecosystem of members to drive the direction of open, multi cloud platform-as-a-service. We expect Cloud Foundry to play an important role in enabling the Industrial Internet, as machine-to-machine and human-to-machine collaboration becomes ubiquitous. This initiative will offer a standards-based approach to deploying predictive analytic applications in the cloud for a variety of industries."

Intel
Imad Sousou, general manager, Open Source Technology Center and vice president, Intel Corporation
"As a leader in datacenter platforms and in the open source community, Intel is pleased to become a Gold member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation.  We look forward to expanding our collaboration with other industry leaders to help drive development and market adoption of an open and interoperable PaaS solution, allowing for faster and more reliable application deployment and further innovation in the datacenter."

NTT
Toshiaki Fujita, Vice President of Software Innovation Center, NTT
"NTT has been undertaking PaaS service to add new value to our cloud services. We have actively contributed to Cloud Foundry community from its early days to enhance functionality and now it has become indispensable part of our cloud services. We are pleased and proud to be a Gold member of Cloud Foundry foundation. With the establishment of the Cloud Foundry foundation, we hope our relationship will get much stronger and more motivated than ever to make a substantial contribution to further advancement of open enterprise PaaS."

Verizon
Joe Crawford, executive director of strategic alliances, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
"Verizon is committed to supporting open standards and believes in providing choice and flexibility to clients. We are working with best-in-class technology companies to develop an ecosystem of enterprise-level, cloud-based services that move businesses forward. This is why we are deepening our commitment to Cloud Foundry."

Further Reading

About Cloud Foundry

Cloud Foundry is the leading open platform-as-a-service, providing an open ecosystem of developer frameworks and application services. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications. Cloud Foundry is an Apache 2.0 licensed project, stewarded by Pivotal, and available on Github: https://github.com/cloudfoundry. To learn more about Cloud Foundry visit http://www.cloudfoundry.org/.

About Pivotal

Pivotal, committed to open source and open standards, recently introduced Pivotal One, the world's first comprehensive multi-cloud Enterprise PaaS. The company is also a leading provider of application and data infrastructure software, agile development services, and data science consulting. To learn more visit www.gopivotal.com. Follow Pivotal on Twitter @gopivotal, LinkedIn, and G+.

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