Cloud Foundry

Multi-platform means enterprises would want a variety of platforms for a variety of application workloads, says Cloud Foundry’s Abby Kearns.

2018 has been an amazing year for Cloud Foundry, with Alibaba joining as a Gold member, and Pivotal going public with its IPO, among some of the highlights. I recently talked with Abby Kearns, Executive Director of Cloud Foundry Foundation, to reflect on these milestones and more.

Kearns has been part of the Cloud Foundry ecosystem for the past five years and, under her leadership, Cloud Foundry has grown and evolved and found its way into half of the Fortune 500 companies, with those numbers increasing daily.

All of the major public cloud vendors want to be part of the ecosystem. “This year, we saw Alibaba join as a Gold member, and Cloud Foundry is now natively available on Alibaba Cloud,” said Kearns.

In 2017, Cloud Foundry embraced Kubernetes, the hottest open source project, and created CFCR (Cloud Foundry Container Runtime). “Kubernetes is a great technology that brings tons of capabilities to containers, which are the fundamental building blocks for a lot of portability for cloud native apps,” Kearns said.

“CFCR, which is Kubernetes on BOSH, allows enterprises to start running containerized workloads alongside Cloud Foundry deployments. … They now have a single plane of operations, which allows them to have a variety of applications,” she explained.

However, Kearns sees that the market is evolving beyond just multi-cloud. “We are entering into a multi-platform world where enterprises are going to be running a variety of technologies and solutions to address the variety of workload needs with their applications,” said Kearns.

When asked what she meant by multi-platform in the context of cloud, Kearns explained, “Multi-platform means that enterprises would want a variety of platforms for a variety of application workloads. There’s never going to be one technology that solves everything. It’s not going to be Cloud Foundry or Kubernetes; it’s going to be a mix. At the end of the day, enterprises are broad and complex. They have evolving needs. They want a mix of technologies that complement each other.”

However, multi-platform brings its own set of challenges. “Technology is the easy part, my big worry is people getting caught up in the hype of something new and then they want to have it. Then they want to have the next shiny thing,” she said.

When you get caught up in that hype cycle, you lose focus on what you need to do. Enterprises need to be aware of this and must ask themselves what do their business need to do? What are the outcomes they expect? How do they leverage technology to achieve that?

“I think taking a step back and asking ourselves what are we really trying to solve,” she said. “I think just for me, sometimes it is — take a breath, pause and think, okay, where, where are we going and why?”

Hear more from Abby Kearns in the video below:

The power of cloud lies in the ability to create ideas and get them into production as quickly as possible, said Cloud Foundry’s Abby Kearns at LC3.

Cloud and open source are changing the world and can play an integral role in how companies transform themselves. That was the message from Abby Kearns, executive director of open source platform as a service provider Cloud Foundry Foundation, who delivered a keynote address earlier this summer at LinuxCon + ContainerCon + CloudOpen China, known as LC3.

“Cloud native technologies and cloud native applications are growing,’’ Kearns said. Over the next 18 months, there will be a 100 percent increase in the number of cloud native applications organizations are writing and using, she added. “This means you can no longer just invest in IT,” but need to in cloud and cloud technologies as well.

The power of the cloud

CIOs are thinking about how to do more with what they have, how to be innovative and keep an eye toward the future while saving money, Kearns said. Architects have to think about how to build an infrastructure that supports future needs and developers need to think about developing the new apps to allow their organizations to be competitive. So everyone’s jobs have gotten harder as a result, Kearns noted. It can be made easier, she maintained, with collaboration and open source.

“Collectively, the capabilities we can bring to bear around cloud are way more powerful through open source,” she said.

Kearns also discussed the digital transformation movement, and said organizations are looking to become software companies and write and develop code and get it into production as quickly as possible on any cloud. At the same time, they are also trying to figure out how to be more responsive to customers as their needs change and ultimately, get new ideas out to market quicker and iterate on those ideas over and over.

Real world use cases

To give the audience an idea of what the future will look like and where investments are being made in cloud and open source, Kearns cited a few examples. The automotive industry is changing rapidly, she said, and a Volkswagen automobile, for example, is no longer just a car; it has become a connected mobile device filled with sensors and data.

“Volkswagen realized they need to build out developer teams and applications that could take advantage of many clouds across 12 different brands,” she said. The car company has invested in Cloud Foundry and cloud native technologies to help them do that, she added.

“At the end of the day it’s about the applications that extend that car through mobile apps, supply chain management — all of that pulled together to bring a single concise experience for the automotive industry.”

One of her “favorite” examples is the U.S. Air Force, which Kearns said isn’t often thought of as being agile and using bleeding-edge technology. Although the Air Force has a “massive technology budget,” 70 percent of it was going toward just maintaining existing infrastructure. Only 30 percent was going toward research and development and new software.

But the Air Force has implemented agile practices and is now taking advantage of cloud and developing apps to run on multiple clouds, she said. These changes allowed them to rethink how they allocate time and money, and they have been able to get apps out the door — in weeks and months — instead of years, she said.

Today, 70 percent of its budget is going toward R&D and 30 percent toward maintaining existing infrastructure. “And in the process, they also saved $600 million in one year,’’ Kearns added.

In another example, she said Home Depot found itself being disrupted by big e-commerce leaders like Amazon, which sold more hammers in a year than it did. “They needed to figure out how to compete … on cloud with cloud native apps and iterate and develop those applications quickly,’’ Kearns said.

Home Depot invested in a platform and made the shift to continuous delivery and moved thousands of apps to public and private clouds. They went from spending six weeks to develop one app and get it in production to deploying a new app to production every 15 minutes, she said.

That’s the power of cloud, cloud platforms and cloud native architectures; the ability to create ideas and get them into production as quickly as possible, she stressed.

The examples Kearns gave were all done using open source, which “provides an opportunity for all of us to collectively work together, and brings together diverse minds, diverse organizations and diverse people to drive real innovation. That’s what makes open source so powerful.”

Watch the entire presentation below:

OS Summit keynotes

Watch keynotes and technical sessions from OS Summit and ELC Europe here.If you weren’t able to attend Open Source Summit and Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) Europe last week, don’t worry! We’ve recorded keynote presentations from both events and all the technical sessions from ELC Europe to share with you here.

Check out the on-stage conversation with Linus Torvalds and VMware’s Dirk Hohndel, opening remarks from The Linux Foundation’s Executive Director Jim Zemlin, and a special presentation from 11-year-old CyberShaolin founder Reuben Paul. You can watch these and other ELC and OS Summit keynotes below for insight into open source collaboration, community and technical expertise on containers, cloud computing, embedded Linux, Linux kernel, networking, and much more.

And, you can watch all 55+ technical sessions from Embedded Linux Conference here.

OpenStack Summit Sydney

OpenStack Summit Sydney offers 11+ session tracks and plenty of educational workshops, tutorials, panels. Start planning your schedule now.

Going to OpenStack Summit Sydney? While you’re there, be sure stop by The Linux Foundation training booth for fun giveaways and a chance to win a Raspberry Pi kit. The drawing for prizes will take place 1 week after the conference on November 15.

Giveaways include The Linux Foundation projects’ stickers, and free ebooks: The SysAdmin’s Essential Guide to Linux Workstation Security, Practical GPL Compliance, A Guide to Understanding OPNFV & NFV, and the Open Source Guide Volume 1.

With 11+ session tracks to choose from, and plenty of educational workshops, tutorials, panels — start planning your schedule at OpenStack Summit in Sydney now.

Session tracks include:

  • Architecture & Operations
  • Birds of a Feather
  • Cloud & OpenStack 101
  • Community & Leadership
  • Containers & Cloud-Native Apps
  • Contribution & Upstream Development
  • Enterprise
  • Forum
  • Government
  • Hands-on Workshop
  • Open Source Days
  • And More.

View the full OpenStack Summit Sydney schedule here.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation and Cloud Foundry will also have a booth at OpenStack Summit Sydney. Get your pass to OpenStack and stop by to learn more!

On Thursday, June 1, The Linux Foundation will continue its series of Twitter chats entitled #AskLF featuring leaders at the organization. Previous chats were hosted by The Linux Foundation’s Arpit Joshipura, GM of Networking & Orchestration and Clyde Seepersad, Manager of Training and Certifications. June’s #AskLF host is CTO of Cloud Foundry Foundation, Chip Childers.

#AskLF, was created to broaden access to thought leaders, community organizers, and expertise within The Linux Foundation. While there are many opportunities to interact with staff at Linux Foundation global events, which bring together over 25,000 open source influencers, a live Twitter Q&A will give participants a direct line of communication to designated hosts.


Chip Childers

Chip Childers, Cloud Foundry CTO.

Chip Childers is an open source and large-scale computing veteran, having spent 18 years in the field. He co-founded Cloud Foundry Foundation as Technology Chief of Staff in 2015, coming from a VP of Product Strategy role at Cumulogic. Before that, he was the inaugural VP of Apache Cloudstack while leading Enterprise Cloud Services at SunGardChilders led the rebuild of pivotal applications for organizations such as,, and Merrill Lync. 

This “Cloud Foundry 101” #AskLF session will take place in advance of Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley, where Childers will present a talk called A Platform for the Enterprise: Where Maturity & Innovation Intersect. @linuxfoundation followers are encouraged to ask Childers questions related to the Cloud Foundry platform and the foundation’s community

Sample questions might include:

  • What is the Cloud Foundry Foundation Developer Training and Certification Program and how do I get started?

  • Why do developers choose Cloud Foundry over other platforms and competitors?

  • How does The Cloud Foundry Foundation grow its community of contributors? How can I get involved? 

  • What will I get out of attending Cloud Foundry Summit?

Here’s how you can participate in the first #AskLF:

  • Follow @linuxfoundation on Twitter: Hosts will take over The Linux Foundation’s account during the session.

  • Save the date: June 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. PT.

  • Use the hashtag #AskLF: To ask Childers your questions while he hosts, simply tweet it with the hashtag #AskLF on 6/1 between 10 am & 10:45 am PDT. We can’t guarantee that he will have time to answer every inquiry, but every attempt will be made!

  • Consider attending Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara next month: This #AskLF session will prepare you to engage in the topics at Cloud Foundry Summit and you’ll get a chance to hear Childers speak live. Click here for registration and schedule details.

More dates and details for future #AskLF sessions to come! We’ll see you on Twitter, June 1 at 10 a.m. PT.

Read blogs by Chip Childers here:​

*Note: Unlike Reddit-style AMAs, #AskLF is not focused around general topics that might pertain to the host’s personal life. To participate, please focus your questions around open source networking and Chip Childers’s career.

This week in open source and Linux news, Cloud Foundry releases its new certification program for developers, Google creates a new home-base for its open source initiatives, and more! Read on to stay in the open source loop!

1) Cloud Foundry launches “the world’s largest cloud-native developer certification initiative.”

Cloud Foundry Launches its Developer Certification Program– TechCrunch

2) Google has launched

Google Builds New Home For Everything Open Source– CIO Dive

3) Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf talks about the “possibilities blockchain offers for transparent, efficient and quickly executed transactions” in this interview.

Hyperledger Chief: Live Blockchain Solutions in Trade Finance This Year– Global Trade Review

4) AT&T continues long history of open source involvement with new Linux Foundation membership.

AT&T Takes Up Membership in The Linux Foundation, Furthers Open Source Efforts– Fierce Telecom

5) Attackers have been targeting developers present on GitHub since January.

Open-Source Developers Targeted in Sophisticated Malware Attack– PCWorld

If you operate within the open source galaxy or the tech industry in general, you’ve likely run across the phrase “cloud-native” with increasing frequency — and you may be wondering what all the buzz is about.

Cloud-native refers to the model in which applications are built expressly for and run exclusively in the cloud — rather than designed and run on-prem, as enterprises historically have done. Cloud computing architecture, which leans heavily on open source code, promises on-demand computing power at lower cost, with no need to spend excessively on data center equipment, staffing and upkeep. Creating cloud-native applications and services is the natural next step for developers accustomed to working entirely in the cloud.

But enterprise-level cloud-native applications require a platform like Cloud Foundry to get up and running in the cloud. Platforms drastically reduce the resource drains associated with “snowflake” infrastructure, and in fact, they automate and integrate the concepts of continuous delivery, microservices, containers and more, to make deploying an application as easy and fast as possible — in any cloud you want, meaning you can operate in a truly multi-cloud environment.

On March 29 at 11 a.m. PST, join Pivotal’s Bridget Kromhout and Michael Coté for a free webinar that will take a deep dive into how cloud-native is the wave of the future and get answers to questions like:

  • What is the cloud-native approach? How will it benefit your software product team?

  • How does cloud-native enable cloud application platforms like Cloud Foundry to standardize production, accelerate cycles and create a multi-cloud environment?

  • Which companies are cloud-native? What lessons can we take from their new model?

Join Cloud Foundry and The Linux Foundation for “Better Software Through Cloud Platforms Like Cloud Foundry” on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:00am Pacific. Register Now! >>

The breadth of the The Linux Foundation (affectionately known as The LF) is often overlooked due to its eponymous name. However, what may not be apparent to the layman is that The LF is providing a true foundation for the next generation of Internet infrastructure by cultivating the biggest shared technology investment in history. The LF is so much more than Linux. Our work encompasses projects from security and IoT, to networking and cloud computing, and beyond.

One blockbuster example, Hyperledger, celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. This is the open source blockchain project on which a new ecosystem of projects and products will be built that reinvents commercial transactions on the Internet. Hyperledger is helping redefine the financial industry to reduce fraud and improve security through a blockchain shared ledger.

Let’s Encrypt is another LF project that’s bringing a level of security to the Internet that was previously out of reach by offering a free and open automated certificate authority. Furthermore, our Core Infrastructure Initiative provides a collaborative effort for key infrastructure that’s used throughout the network but needed more resources to be developed and maintained effectively. CII helps provide support for OpenSSH, OpenSSL and NTP (the Network Time Protocol that is used for updating virtually every server on the Internet).

With Cloud Foundry and Node.js, we are working to help enable digital transformation of IT infrastructure by providing frameworks for delivering cloud applications that scale and thrive under an open source development model. Increasingly, Linux Foundation projects are addressing needs throughout the application stack. Cloud Foundry, a container-based application platform, provides a way for developers to deploy applications while abstracting away some of the complexities of the underlying infrastructure. In essence they help application developers deploy cloud-native applications. Node.js is providing a massively scalable Javascript framework that makes it much easier to build server-side applications for the cloud.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), an LF project that supports the key projects needed to build and scale modern distributed systems, has just acquired the rights to the Rethink DB source code. The project was licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, Version 3 (AGPLv3), a strong copyleft license, which limited the willingness of some companies to use and contribute to the software. CNCF paid $25,000 to purchase the RethinkDB copyright and assets and has re-licensed the software under the ASLv2, one of the most popular permissive software licenses, which enables anyone to use the software for any purpose without complicated requirements. (See related blog post “Why CNCF Recommends ASLv2”.) RethinkDB joins CNCF’s solid stable of software built for the cloud including fluentd (data collection), Prometheus (monitoring), Kubernetes (container orchestration), and others.

And with the massive adoption of container technology (e.g. Docker, rkt) The Linux Foundation is providing an open governance structure for containers under the Open Container Initiative (OCI.) The OCI currently offers two specifications: the Runtime Specification (runtime-spec) and the Image Specification (image-spec). Such specs make it possible for companies to safely stake their products and services on container technologies by providing certainty that their applications can run across platforms. This is the foundation of a new container ecosystem.

Open Source Foundations Beyond Code

It wasn’t so long ago that we declared Linux to be the operating system of the cloud. Now a whole host of new cloud technologies are being built on that model of open source development (and run on top of Linux.) The Linux Foundation is not only providing the foundations for developing the code base of these technologies, but also the other mechanisms needed to foster collaboration, learning, and development.

We have launched a number of training courses, both free and paid, for those operators and developers learning to sharpen their skills. For example, we provide a free Introduction to Cloud Infrastructure Technologies course through edX. We have also created a Kubernetes Fundamentals course to help users validate and gain the skills needed to take advantage of what is becoming the most widely deployed container orchestration tool. We also fill the needs for skills training in open source software that we aren’t directly involved in, such as our OpenStack course that helps users prepare for the OpenStack certification.

Finally, our commitment to open source provides users the tools they need to appropriately consume, develop, and learn about open source. Our Open Source Summit events have multiple technology tracks, including cloud computing. And our CloudNativeCon and Kubecon series of events are the de facto place to learn about Kubernetes and how to build and use cloud native applications. We produce the events where users, developers and solution providers can come together to learn and collaborate on open cloud technologies.

In the end, what we are seeing is that technology is increasingly becoming open source and companies that originally develop software to scratch their own itch are finding much broader applications of those efforts. Savvy companies are taking their open source projects and mustering industry support around them. Pivotal did so with Cloud Foundry, Google’s done this with Kubernetes, and Joyent with Node.js.

The LF is a shepherd for valuable technologies that may need extra help to find success, such as RethinkDB, and we have stepped in to provide support around a project that was not prospering under a single entity. That support has to encompass a diverse ecosystem of users, developers, and solution providers which all collaborate to solve problems and improve the usability of these projects.

Through open collaboration we are creating a new generation of Internet infrastructure that will itself provide the foundation for companies and ecosystems to thrive well into the future.

Learn more about The Linux Foundation projects. Watch Jim Zemlin’s keynote talk at Open Source Leadership Summit 2017. Watch now!

The Linux Foundation today released its third annual “Guide to the Open Cloud” report on current trends and open source projects in cloud computing.

The report aggregates and analyzes industry research to provide insights on how trends in containers, microservices, and more shape cloud computing today. It also defines the open source cloud and cloud native computing and discusses why the open cloud is important to just about every industry.

“From banking and finance to automotive and healthcare, companies are facing the reality that they’re now in the technology business. In this new reality, cloud strategies can make or break an organization’s market success. And successful cloud strategies are built on Linux and open source software,” according to the report.

A list of 75 projects at the end of the report serves as a directory for IT managers and practitioners looking to build, manage, and monitor their cloud resources. These are the projects to know about, try out, and contribute to in order to ensure your business stays competitive in the cloud.

The projects are organized into key categories of cloud infrastructure including IaaS, PaaS, virtualization, containers, cloud operating systems, DevOps, configuration management, logging and monitoring, software-defined networking (SDN), software-defined storage, and networking for containers.

New this year is the addition of a section on container management and automation tools, which is a hot area for development as companies race to fill the growing need to manage highly distributed, cloud-native applications. Traditional DevOps CI/CD tools have also been collected in a separate category, though functionality can overlap.

These additions reflect a movement toward the use of public cloud services and microservices architectures which is changing the nature of open source cloud computing.

“A whole new class of open source cloud computing projects has now begun to leverage the elasticity of the public cloud and enable applications designed and built to run on it,” according to the report.

To learn more about current trends in cloud computing and to see a full list of the most useful, influential, and promising open source cloud projects, download the report now.

1) The 2016 Open Source Jobs Report shows that open source is a great career direction for new IT graduates.

Is Open Source a Clear Path to Success for New Grads?– CIO

2) Sam Ramji, Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO, explains why the platform is continuing to gain traction. 

Cloud Foundry Stages a Comeback– InfoWorld

3) Canonical’s Snaps is now available for multiple Linux distros.

Ubuntu’s Container-Style Snap App Packages Now Work on Other Linux Distributions– TechCrunch

4) Dell’s new out-of-the-box Linux has a great screen and is worth the price to developers.

The XPS 13 DE: Dell Continues to Build a Reliable Linux Lineage– Ars Technica

5) Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announces it’s providing open access to developer tools and libraries to facilitate cross-collaboration between HPE and the open source community on The Machine.

HPE Looks to Open Sourcers for Help with The Machine– ADT Mag