IBM brings Cloud Foundry and Red Hat OpenShift together

At the Cloud Foundry Summit in The Hague, IBM currently showcased its Cloud Foundry Enterprise Atmosphere on Red Hat’s OpenShift container platform.

For the longest time, the open-supply Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service ecosystem and Red Hat’s Kubernetes-centric OpenShift have been largely observed as competitors, with each tools vying for enterprise consumers who want to modernize their application improvement and delivery platforms. But a lot of factors have changed in current instances. On the technical side, Cloud Foundry began adopting Kubernetes as an alternative for application deployments and as a way of containerizing and operating Cloud Foundry itself.

On the enterprise side, IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat has brought along some alter, also. IBM lengthy backed Cloud Foundry as a top rated-level foundation member, when Red Hat bet on its personal platform as an alternative. Now that the acquisition has closed, it’s possibly no surprise that IBM is operating on bringing Cloud Foundry to Red Hat’s platform.

For now, this perform is nonetheless officially nonetheless a technologies experiment, but our understanding is that IBM plans to turn this into a completely supported project that will give Cloud Foundry customers the alternative to deploy their application appropriate to OpenShift, when OpenShift consumers will be capable to give their developers the Cloud Foundry expertise.

“It’;s another proof point that these things really work well together,” Cloud Foundry Foundation CTO Chip Childers told me ahead of currently’s announcement. “That’;s the developer experience that the CF community brings and in the case of IBM, that’;s a great commercialization story for them.”

Although Cloud Foundry isn’t seeing the identical hype as in some of its earlier years, it remains one particular of the most broadly employed improvement platforms in substantial enterprises. According to the Cloud Foundry Foundation’s most current user survey, the businesses that are currently making use of it continue to move a lot more of their improvement perform onto the platform and the according to the code evaluation from supply{d}, the project continues to see more than 50,000 commits per month.

“As businesses navigate digital transformation and developers drive innovation across cloud native environments, one thing is very clear: they are turning to Cloud Foundry as a proven, agile, and flexible platform — not to mention fast — for building into the future,” stated Abby Kearns, executive director at the Cloud Foundry Foundation. “The survey also underscores the anchor Cloud Foundry provides across the enterprise, enabling developers to build, support, and maximize emerging technologies.”image024

Also at this week’s Summit, Pivotal (which is in the method of getting acquired by VMware) is launching the alpha version of the Pivotal Application Service (PAS) on Kubernetes, when Swisscom, an early Cloud Foundry backer, is launching a big update to its Cloud Foundry-primarily based Application Cloud.