Cloud Foundry Summit 2017 in Basel, Switzerland, on October 11-12, 2017

Cloud Foundry is one of the liveliest open source projects around today. It provides a comprehensive multi-cloud application platform as a service (PaaS) governed by the Cloud Foundry Foundation. The foundation was established in 2015 as an independent not-for-profit organization. The best-known software piece besides Cloud Foundry is BOSH, an open source tool chain for release engineering, deployment and the life-cycle management of large-scale distributed services.

The summit in Basel, Switzerland, offered 99 keynotes, breakouts & lightning talks, 67 member companies attended, and 865 attendees were registered. There were a few significant announcements at and around the summit, such as the following:

  • Fujitsu joined the certified platform providers as the 7th Cloud Foundry partner besides Atos, Pivotal, Huawei, IBM, SAP, and Swisscom.
  • The Kubo project has outgrown its infancy and was renamed Container Runtime; basically it’s the combination of Kubernetes and BOSH, making it easier to deploy and manage containers.
  • Cloud Foundry announced the Cloud Foundry Ecosystem, a market place containing add-ons to Cloud Foundry and services. Currently there are more than 600 offerings listed.

As is usual at summits like this, the successes of the last 12 months were announced:

  • By now more than 10,000 developers have enrolled in the new training and certification program started in May 2017.
  • Cloud Foundry has had 2,783 contributors in the community, producing 482 public repos and 93,085 commits in the last 24 months.
  • Interestingly, 40% of the community contributors are user organizations like Volkswagen, American Airlines or Home Depot.

In PAC’s opinion, Cloud Foundry shows great momentum in the developer scene currently and in the future. Therefore, user companies looking into DevOps and PaaS usage, should take a close look at Cloud Foundry. On the other side of the market, C&SI providers, as well as those (cloud) service providers and hosting providers that haven’t done so yet, should build up Cloud Foundry knowledge.