A new development by cloud provider VMware, the Cloud Foundry is intended to be an open-source PaaS option that will not only allow logging in and using database services that are already running, but also permit users to create and write code in either a Spring or Rails environment. With Cloud Foundry, it appears that VMware is looking to not only solidify its presence as a Web 2.0 cloud computing developer, but also offer companies out an alternative to Microsoft Azure and other cloud computing databases and programming environments.
Cloud Foundry is an interesting idea: it can be used as-is, or a Micro Cloud can be downloaded in order to allow a company to run the platform itself. Both single-machine and enterprise versions are scheduled for release and the company says that it will work in all three cloud environments – public, private, and hybrid.
Many see the Foundry as direct competition for Microsoft Azure, but the two will more than likely see different users attracted to their feature sets. Azure is already firmly on the road to maturity and makes no bones about the fact that it is a Microsoft service first and foremost. Cloud Foundry, meanwhile, is new to the party and is trying to provide for those users who either don’t want to use Microsoft’s technology or are frustrated by it.
Cloud Foundry is aiming to make things easier for end users and provide a viable way to create on the cloud. What exactly VMware intends for this service remains to be seen but, for the moment, many companies are happy with the announcement of an open-source option in the cloud, and many are hopeful about the state of PaaS with the introduction of the Cloud Foundry.