In the cloud era, the application platform will be delivered as a service, often described as Platform as a Service (PaaS). PaaS makes it much easier to deploy, run and scale applications. Some PaaS offerings have limited language and framework support, do not deliver key application services, or restrict deployment to a single cloud. Cloud Foundry is the industry’s Open PaaS and provides a choice of clouds, frameworks and application services. As an open source project, there is a broad community both contributing and supporting Cloud Foundry.
Open cloud and open source are only part of the transformation underway, there is also a massive narrative building around continuous innovation and high velocity agile development. Some open source projects foster inclusiveness and sacrifice velocity while some increase velocity at the expense of transparency. Cloud Foundry.org’s unique vision is to foster contributions from a broad community of developers, users, customers, partners and ISVs while advancing development of the platform at extreme velocity. Cloud Foundry.org exists to provide a platform for the community of customers, partners and even former competitors to collaborate, teach, share and learn together, accelerating the pace of innovation and contribution. The best way to get involved is to join the conversation, contribute to the wiki and fork the code. We call it ‘fierce collaboration’ and we hope you will join us.
Cloud Foundry's Community Advisory Board
The CAB’s mission is to foster a healthy, vibrant, collaborative and innovative community and ecosystem around the Cloud Foundry platform and open source project.
This scope includes:
- Feedback on the Cloud Foundry roadmap, along with feature advocacy.
- Advice on the day-to-day operation of the Cloud Foundry project. For example: how to manage pull requests, select committers, track issues, manage CI, and interact with the community at large (through hangouts, IRC, email forums, etc.).
- Feedback on the Cloud Foundry community web site (cloudfoundry.org) and mechanisms for community website contributions.
- Help in establishing agenda and format for future Platform conferences.
- Guidance on the Cloud Foundry charter, including project scope and definition of any ‘cloud profiles’ (for example, Cloud Foundry Core).
Chris FerrisDistinguished Engineer and CTO for Cloud Interoperability, Standards and Open Source Organization, IBM
Chris currently works as an IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for Cloud Interoperability in IBM Software Group's Standards and Open Source organization. He has been involved in the architecture, design, and engineering of distributed systems for most of his 33+ year career in IT and has been actively engaged in open standards and open source development since 1999. He currently provides technical leadership for IBM's engagements in OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, as well as for IBM's participation in open standards activities relevant to Cloud. He enjoys tennis, both as a spectator and as an avid club player.
Jonathan KingVP of Cloud Strategy & Business Development, Savvis
Jonathan is the Vice President of Cloud Strategy & Business Development at Savvis. He has extensive experience in alliances, sales, marketing, M & A, process, operations, law, finance, government affairs and technology as well as noted success in alliance development, complex IT solutions and collaboration among distributed internal and external stakeholders at all organizational levels. Prior to Savvis, he was SVP of Business Development for Joyent and Client Partner Director for Verizon.
Joshua McKentyCo-Founder and CTO, Piston Cloud Computing
Prior to co-founding Piston Cloud Computing, Joshua McKenty was the Technical Architect of NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing Platform and the OpenStack compute components. As a board member of the OpenStack Foundation, Joshua plays an instrumental role in the OpenStack community. Joshua has over two decades of experience in entrepreneurship, management and software engineering and architecture. He was the team lead for the development of the Netscape Browser (vs. 8) as well as AOL's IE AIM toolbar, and a senior engineer at Flock.com. He also led the successful first release of OpenQuake, an open source software application allowing users to compute seismic hazard, seismic risk and the socio-economic impact of earthquakes. In his spare time, Joshua has crafted a handmade violin and banjo, fathered two children, and invented his own juggling trick, the McKenty Madness.
Catherine SpenceEnterprise Architect, IT, Intel
Catherine Spence is an Enterprise Architect and PaaS Lead for Intel IT’s Cloud Computing program. In addition, she runs the technical arm of the Open Data Center Alliance, an industry consortium of over 300 companies, representing over a billion US dollars in IT spend. Catherine has published a number of papers on Cloud Computing and has won an industry EA award for Architectural Excellence. At Intel since 1996, she has also served as Computing Director, Consulting Practice Manager and Senior Software Engineer. Catherine holds degrees in Engineering, Computer Science and Software Engineering from Trinity College and Harvard University.
James WattersHead of Product, Marketing, and Ecosystem for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal
James is the head of Product for Cloud Foundry where he oversees product development and strategy. He is also responsible for the marketing, developer relations and ecosystem development functions of the group.
Jeff HobbsCTO & VP of Engineering, ActiveState
Jeff oversees development of all ActiveState products including the strategy of integrating our products for an end-to-end desktop to cloud experience.
Jeff's current obsession is making Stackato the best private PaaS platform for developers: using any language, any infrastructure, and leveraging open source - so applications deploy and scale in any cloud. Jeff is a contributing author for Perl and Python extensions, is a member of the Tcl Core Team, is co-author of “Practical Programming in Tcl and Tk”, and has been a speaker at Cloud Expo, OSCON, the Tcl Annual Conference, and others.
Dr. Nic WilliamsCEO, Stark & Wayne
Dr Nic, and the team at Stark & Wayne, are some of the most prolific contributors to Cloud Foundry, BOSH and the huge ecosystem upon it. He has also authored many of the well-used tools used by Platform Ops to deploy and maintain their Cloud Foundry installations; such as inception-server, bosh-bootstrap and bosh-cloudfoundry.
Dr Nic was formerly the VP of Technology at Engine Yard, one of the original Platform as a Service companies which supported over 2000 companies on AWS. He is now CEO of Stark & Wayne, the consultancy for companies that love Cloud Foundry. In the two roles over the last 3 years he has spoken with authority at over 20 conferences around the world.
Dr Nic has given many talks on running Cloud Foundry with BOSH and on BOSH itself. He is also one of the most active participants of all three Cloud Foundry community mailing lists. Now, a growing number of companies are choosing Stark & Wayne to setup, support and operate their internal Cloud Foundry.
He's Australian and thinks he's very funny. Now living in the Bay Area, in disguise as a software person.
Mark is founder of Ubuntu, a popular free operating system for desktops and servers. Mark leads product strategy and design at Canonical, which sells commercial support for Ubuntu, mainly to large enterprises and governments who deploy it professionally. Canonical also builds many of the unique elements of Ubuntu for desktop, cloud and server deployments. Mark champions design-driven development and has a focus on quality and cadence in the engineering work done at Canonical. After graduating from the University of Cape Town with a degree in finance and information technology, Mark founded Thawte, a company specialising in digital certificates and cryptography. When Thawte was acquired in 1999 by VeriSign, and he founded HBD, an investment company, and setup the Shuttleworth Foundation, which funds innovative change in society by supporting Fellows and investing in their projects. He moved to London in 2001, and began preparing for the First African in Space mission, training in Star City, Russia, and Khazakstan. In April 2002 he flew in space, as a cosmonaut member of the crew of Soyuz mission TM34 to the International Space Station. After a tour of schools in South Africa promoting science and mathematics for aspiring astronauts he started work on Ubuntu.
Colin HumphreysCEO, CloudCredo
He led the installation of the first Cloud Foundry to deliver SLA-driven production services, delivers tooling to the Cloud Foundry community, and is a regular conference speaker on PaaS-related topics. He also organizes the London PaaS User Group
Corporations Contributing to Cloud Foundry
Join the other organizations that have signed the corporate contributor's license agreement enabling them to contribute to Cloud Foundry.
- AppFog (Savvis)
- Blue Box
- CloudSoft Corp
- DTS Corporation
- Ebay x.commerce
- Innovation Factory
- Load Impact
- Neo Technology
- SM-ePaaS, Inc
- Tier 3
- Uhuru Software