Cloud Foundry And The Rising Tide

When U.S. President John F. Kennedy famously said, “A rising tide lifts all boats”, he was referring to a common economic aphorism that reflects the general benefits of a buoyant economy. But we believe the notion extends much further. An idea or broadly applied concept, for example, sometimes inspires enough attention, energy and activity to generate a tidal flow that lifts the fortunes of all its supporters.

We see evidence of this dynamic in the growing momentum around Cloud Foundry [an open source framework for cloud-independent Platform as a Service (PaaS) environments] and its original creator/sponsor, Pivotal. For those unfamiliar, Cloud Foundry began as a project at VMware when then-CEO, Paul Maritz, recruited Marc Lucovsky, who previously worked at Google (where he was Technical Director for the Ajax Search API) and Microsoft (where he helped develop the APIs for Windows NT).

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.

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