IBM recently announced an open cloud architecture, based on OpenStack at the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (server, storage, and network) level, and on Cloud Foundry at the Platform-as-a-Service (runtime, framework, and database) level.
The partnership follows a fifteen year trend at IBM. This strategy to start with – and contribute back to – open source projects benefits IBM, its customers, and the community itself.
- By building on top of an existing open source foundation, IBM can focus its efforts on higher level services tailored to specific customers.
- By generating interest in the technology – and dedicating employees to the open source project – the community and its software is strengthened.
I’m proud to be a part of the work at IBM to build our next generation PaaS on top of Cloud Foundry. We’ve already got 1,000 IBMers running 1,200 apps on it, and we’re growing fast.
As with Apache, Linux, Eclipse, and OpenStack before it, I have have high hopes for Cloud Foundry. It’s good news for IBM customers, and everyone else who can benefit from a free, open source PaaS.
This post is my own and doesn’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.