No single vendor will usher in the Cloud 2.0 era.

Instead a consortium of technology vendors ranging from IBM and Pivotal to SAP and HPE and commercial enterprises as diverse as Huawei, Swisscom, BNY Mellon and GE are creating it.

Those vendors, and more than 30 other companies, make up the Cloud Foundry Foundation.

Today the Cloud Foundry Foundation formally introduced its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) certification, which is meant to insure that applications are portable between hybrid clouds. In other words, developers can build it once and run it anywhere, provided standards are adhered to.

Why It Matters

For anyone who’s wondering what the big deal is, take an example from your life as a consumer.

Light bulbs work in the sockets you screw them into, and from one lamp to the next. Ditto for the hairdryers you plug in at home, at the gym and on vacation.

We take these things for granted in our lives as consumers. But with cloud applications, you can’t always make the same assumptions. An application built here may not work there. If it does, it might depend on gnarly APIs or provide a substandard experience.

Open source solves some of these problems, but it doesn’t insure that modern applications are plug and play universally.

That’s what the Cloud Foundry Certification program aims to do. The vendor-independent organization was created to facilitate the means by which platform-as-a-service offerings work across multiple vendors and clouds.

Not only that, but it also wants to make sure that there’s a pool of talent trained and certified to build them. (More on that in 2016.)

Surprise and No Surprise

In an increasingly growing hybrid platform world it’s not all that surprising that Enterprises are demanding open standards and open source.

Learning Opportunities

Sam Ramji
“Companies don’t want to be locked-in. They want to be able to sometimes move loads from cloud to cloud, they need to be able to reliably deliver applications on multiple clouds,” Sam Ramji, CEO of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, told CMSWire.

“What is surprising is that there’s a group of vendors, who often compete, who want that too.”

The fact that 55 technology providers and commercial enterprises have all agreed to adhere to the same standards and certification parameters still seems to blow Ramji’s mind, but in a good way. 

He told CMSWire that he could not have imagined this during his days at Microsoft, where he worked at as its director of platform strategy only five years ago. At that time Ramji was one of the guys in charge of keeping the vendor’s garden walled. (It’s probably not something they would want him to work as hard at today)

Applications and platforms are now being built in a new era.

A More Inclusive World

The Cloud Foundry Foundation and its members, through the certification program announced today, have not only created what Ramji called “a fair and open industry standard for cloud portability” but made it easy for enterprises to choose and switch cloud providers and to distribute their applications as they want.

It’s an agile, open world, why would anyone expect anything less?