It’s been just over a year since the Cloud Foundry Foundation officially launched but you would never know it based on the significant CF_Certified_Vertprogress made in the past year. In this very short amount of time, the foundation has made great strides. As part of the team at IBM that helped launch this new foundation, I can tell you that excited about the progress that has been made – I can’t wait to see what this vibrant organization will accomplish in the next year.

To give you an idea, just in 2015 alone the Cloud Foundry community released Diego, the new runtime fabric, and also introduced a plug-in model for the Command-Line Interface (CLI). Various improvements were made to BOSH, the service broker API, and support was added for Docker and Windows, TCP routing, placement pools, and so much more. An impressive number of successful summits were also held this year including the first Cloud Foundry Summit under the foundation’s new leadership and two successful regional summits in Europe and Asia.

How could things ever get better for the foundation you ask? The CF community came together this year to address one very important concern that most vendors hear from their clients, the concern that Cloud Foundry’s offerings don’t address interoperability and workload portability. They quickly recognized that for the community and ecosystem to succeed and thrive going forward, work must be done collaboratively to develop a solid foundation that delivers interoperability and portability of workload. To address this concern, IBM has been working closely with the Cloud Foundry community on a certification program that we know will address those concerns.

So today, we are excited to be a part of the CF community announcing a formal certification process for Cloud Foundry as well as the first wave of Cloud Foundry Certified offerings, including IBM Bluemix, CenturyLink AppFog, HPE Helion Cloud Foundry, Huawei FusionStage, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, SAP HANA Cloud Platform and Swisscom Application Cloud. This fulfills one of the most significant promises the foundation made at its launch.

This is a very important for clients as it will help them make informed decisions regarding their investment in PaaS, and it will help to keep the community focused on interoperability and portability of workload. This program has been carefully designed to ensure that products that claim the Cloud Foundry branding are built from the same CF release that is published by the development community. It also ensures that the code has not been modified except to address fixes that are back-ported or up-streamed to the community and picked up in the next release.

We hope that this new program will help instill a sense of confidence in PaaS consumers that the CF vendor community is committed to ensuring that interoperability and portability are a top priority for all, and establish Cloud Foundry as THE industry standard Cloud Application Platform.

If you have waited until now to give Cloud Foundry a try, now is the time. Whether it’s through IBM Bluemix, or an offering from any of the certified vendors announcing that their offerings are Cloud Foundry Certified, you can be confident that they are all running the exact same code.

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