Open governance forges on

Cloud Foundry Foundation names Ramji CEO

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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

One Response to “Cloud Foundry Foundation names Ramji CEO”

  1. ewalsh5

    Vendor lock-in threat is real, more so in Private PaaS integrations where the scalability and design multi-tenancy, flexibility and network traffic handling can be difficult to match the public cloud like levels. However, to keep prices down, PaaS service providers need to maintain high application densities on servers and at the same time distribute application instances over multiple servers to ensure reliability. The result is that, in a public PaaS, an enterprise’s applications and data are likely to reside on heavily shared resources, which at worst could compromise security and at best exposes an enterprise to noisy neighbors. Private PaaS solutions can focus on that service aspect and leverage the market need by isolation. If cloud foundry has the wherewithal invest accordingly, only time will tell – bit. ly/ 1NdgIVh – Eamon Walsh, commenting on behalf of IDG and Red Hat