Cloud Foundry is ready for your platform-as-a-service needs

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Pretty much everyone gets Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) now. Platform-as-a-Service is still fighting an up-hill battle. But, Cloud Foundry is picking up traction.

Attendees at the 2016 Cloud Foundry Summit in Silicon Valley described Cloud Foundry as a mature, comprehensive and cohesive platform with a strong, active and engaged community.

Cloud Foundry has been developed through the collective effort of EMC, HPE, IBM, Pivotal, SAP and worldwide leaders in manufacturing, telecommunications and financial services.One advantage Cloud Foundry has over competitors is that its container-based architecture runs apps in any language on any cloud. This includes Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Platform (GCP), IBM SoftLayer, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, VMware vSphere and more.

At this point, Cloud Foundry is still finding supporters mostly in IT companies, with 54 percent of attendees. 12 percent come from financial services and 5 percent from telcos. Of those, the vast majority were from enterprise-level businesses.

What’s really interesting is that 59 percent of attendees already have Cloud Foundry in full production. Another 19 percent have it under development or in testing, and 11 percent are in the PoC stage. That is, 89 percent have already deployed or begun testing Cloud Foundry in some way.

What’s even more interesting is that only 10 percent of attendees exclusively deploy provider-managed Cloud Foundry. Another 37 percent say they run their own and use a provider. But the plurality of attendees, 49 percent, say they run Cloud Foundry on their own.

Would it surprise you to know that many of those who run Cloud Foundry on their own complain about the lack of documentation? About how hard it is to get Cloud Foundry up and running initially? Or, that they cannot keep up with the updates because they come too quickly for them to manage? I didn’t think so!

Clouds, especially PaaS clouds, are not easy to set up or manage. Why do people do it anyway? Because Cloud Foundry gives them a great deal of flexibility. Attendees report running a huge variety of apps, from database and analytics to web services and Java to mobile

Another reason Cloud Foundry attracts users is its flexibility. It will run on top of many different cloud platforms. While a majority of attendees use Amazon Web Services (AWS), 59 pecent. Almost as many 55 percent use VMWare’s VSphere. Trailing in 3rd, 45 percent of attendees say they are on OpenStack. And in a distant 4th, 23 percent are on Azure.

Cloud Foundry users aren’t true to any one cloud. They are multi-cloud users. In fact, 55 percent of summit attendees are already multi-cloud. Specifically, 24 percent are on an AWS+VSphere+OS combo, with a large share of them also on Azure. Another 14 percent are on an AWS+VSphere combo, and 7 percent are on AWS+OpenStack.

What all this means for you is that if you’re considering a PaaS, such as Engine Yard, Red Hat OpenShift or Google App Engine, you really must consider Cloud Foundry as well. And, while you’re at it, while you can do it yourself, I think you’ll be better off seeking a partner to help you manage it.


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