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VMware's CloudFoundry Platform: A Fork in the Road to the Cloud?

The CloudFoundry platform has grown and evolved in interesting ways over the past year

Over a year ago, I wrote my initial thoughts on VMware's CloudFoundry PaaS platform. Over the past year, the platform has grown and evolved in interesting ways - new frameworks, new partners, new tools and new ways to interact with the community.

But one question continued to linger. How would CloudFoundry connect back to the rest of the VMware portfolio? There was already some connections to the SpringSource framework and vFabric, but it wasn't clear if it would connect back to vSphere. Or should it connect back to vSphere? Cloud Foundry is an open (source) PaaS framework that was designed to run on any cloud, so would it build the hooks to connect to ESX/ESXi or vCloud Director?

For the 1st year, the answer was "no". No vSphere dependencies. But with the one year anniversary announcement, the CloudFoundry team introduced the BOSH tool chain. Within the BOSH framework is a concept called CPI (Cloud Provider Interface), which defined a way to interact with IaaS clouds. Included with BOSH were CPIs for VMware vSphere and Amazon AWS.

This was inline with the CloudFoundry goal of being able to run on any cloud infrastructure. They picked the leading private and public cloud frameworks. And since Cloud Foundry is open-source, there is the potential that additional CPI's will be built for other cloud frameworks (CloudStack, OpenStack, EucalyptusXCP, etc.).

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A 20 year technology veteran, Brian Gracely is VP of product management at Virtustream. He holds a CCIE #3077 and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

Throughout his career Brian has led Cisco, NetApp, EMC and Virtustream into emerging markets and through technology transitions. An active participant in the virtualization and cloud computing communities, his industry viewpoints and writing can also be found on Twitter @bgracely, on his blog Clouds of Change and his podcast The Cloudcast (.net). He is a VMware vExpert and was named a "Top 100" Cloud Computing blogger by Cloud Computing Journal.

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