Microsoft joins Cloud Foundry Foundation

Microsoft has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation (CFF).

The firm comes in with gold member status confirmed from the start.

Cloud Foundry’s mantra is ‘ubiquitous and flexible’ cloud computing.

Cloud Foundry is an open source cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for software application developers to use for building, deploying and running applications — being cloud, it also has direct application ‘scale’ functions.

Cloud Foundry is licensed under Apache 2.0 and supports Java, Node.js, Go, PHP, Python, Ruby, .NET Core and Staticfile. The open source PaaS is highly customizable, allowing developers to code in multiple languages and frameworks.

Extended (but cloud related) links

Microsoft thinks that the move to embrace Cloud Foundry will also help it forge extended (but cloud related) links with members including Pivotal (which plays a key parent role with the technology) and German softwarehaus SAP.

Microsoft is also extending Cloud Foundry integration with Azure. This includes back-end integration with Azure Database (PostgreSQL and MySQL) and cloud broker support for SQL Database, Service Bus and Cosmos DB.

According to director of compute for Azure Corey Sanders, “We even included the Cloud Foundry CLI in the tools available in the Cloud Shell for easy CF management in seconds. Here are some additional details on the integration offered between Azure and Cloud Foundry.”

Truly, madly, deeply involved

Sanders also notes that the Azure team has been “deeply involved” in enabling the Open Service Broker API ecosystem in Kubernetes and making it easier for developers to use Azure services through the Service Catalog as part of an effort that started with Deis.

Microsoft’s open playbook continues to extend itself and the firm’s integrations, cross-cloud fertilisation and open platform partnerships roll forward once more. Did it have to anyway or it would have faltered? Well (very arguably) yes… but at least it is doing it with some force.