Cloud Foundry Foundation names Ramji CEO

The Cloud Foundry Foundation, put in place last year to promote the open-source platform as a service framework, now has new leadership. Sam Ramji, former VP of strategy of Apigee, is now CEO.

In the statement announcing the news, Ramji was painted as a neutral outsider to the Cloud Foundry effort:

Ramji’s absence of ties to any of the Foundation’s member companies underscores the community’s embrace of coopetition between major vendors to drive Cloud Foundry’s success.

When it comes to open source efforts like Linux, Eclipse and OpenStack, it’s important to demonstrate that no one vendor can big-foot the process.

The foundation was formed about a year ago by Cloud Foundry backer Pivotal with its federation partners [company]EMC[/company] and [company]VMware[/company], as well as [company]Rackspace[/company], [company]IBM[/company], [company]HP[/company], [company]CenturyLink[/company], ActiveState and [company]SAP[/company]. Notably absent is [company]Red Hat[/company], the Linux and OpenStack player that is pushing its own distinctly non-Cloud Foundryish OpenShift PaaS.

The offloading of governance to a foundation was meant to provide an “open governance” model and ensure that no one backer controlled the process. Then, in December, the group tapped the Linux Foundation to provide bread-and-butter PR, logistics and planning services. The release for this news, for example, was sent out by the Linux Foundation staff.

The foundation also named nine new members:

  • EMC – John Roese
  • HP – Bill Hilf
  • VMware – Ajay Patel
  • IBM – Christopher Ferris
  • SAP – Sanjay Patil
  • Intel – Nicholas Weaver
  • Pivotal – Rob Mee
  • Swisscom – Marco Hochstrasser
  • ActiveState – Bart Copeland