Cloud Foundry Foundation Gains SUSE as New Member, Collaborator

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 03, 2015

Cloud Foundry Foundation, positioned as a global standard creator for open Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and cloud applications, announced its launch as an independent nonprofit foundation late last year, and is run by a very well-known open source leader as its CEO: Sam Ramji (shown here).

The foundation has steadily been adding members that can advance its cause, and the latest organization to join on is SUSE. In addition to joining, SUSE announced it will collaborate with SAP on the Cloud Foundry Foundation's BOSH OpenStack Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) project to help enable Cloud Foundry users to more easily run applications of their choice on public or private clouds.

"SUSE is committed to working together with the other Cloud Foundry Foundation members to develop enterprise-grade solutions for customers and expanding the ways SUSE OpenStack Cloud can increase their opportunities for business success," said Nils Brauckmann, president and general manager of SUSE. 

Earlier this year, we interviewed Sam Ramji regarding the foundation's work. He said:

"Companies everywhere are having to make software and cloud services part of their core competencies. Every one of them needs to leverage applications from a limited supply of application developers. So for an open source project to efficiently gather good developers to create code that they can all share —that’s a big core benefit.”

Cloud Foundry is managed as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and operates under a system of open governance created by a team of open source experts from founding Platinum Members EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Pivotal, SAP and VMware. 

The SAP-led Cloud Foundry OpenStack CPI project aims to improve the ease with which Cloud Foundry communicates with underlying OpenStack infrastructure, whether the cloud is public or private. The goal is to help simplify application testing and deployment for a wide range of cloud users. SUSE says that it will collaborate closely with SAP to help ensure the cloud provider interface supports OpenStack infrastructure.

"As long-time partners, SAP has worked with SUSE to bring enterprise-class products to the Linux market via solutions such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications," said Björn Goerke, executive vice president and corporate officer, SAP Product & Innovation Technology, SAP SE. "As customers increasingly move to cloud technologies, we look forward to collaborating with SUSE to help tightly integrate Cloud Foundry with OpenStack."

For additional information on SUSE OpenStack Cloud, visit