Yesterday, Microsoft announced that they are joining CloudFoundry Foundation as a gold member. Here is my quick analysis of this news. This is expected ever since we saw blog posts talking about deploying CloudFoundry on Azure. Now it is official.
What does it mean for CloudFoundry Foundation?
Anytime a big company joins anOSS Foundation, it is a shot in the arm for the foundation as it helps them in terms of cash and credibility. In the case of CloudFoundry Foundation, this is even more important because they are trying to fend off the perception that CF Project is dominated by Pivotal (obviously as Pivotal makes the most money out of CloudFoundry). Having Microsoft as a part of their Foundation will help. With companies like HPE going off the CloudFoundry radar, CloudFoundry Foundation can manage the loss.
What does it mean for Microsoft?
Microsoft is positioning Azure as the best infrastructure to run any app on any deployment platform. As a part of this strategy, Microsoft has been publicizing blog posts on how to run CloudFoundry, Kubernetes and Mesos on Azure. They have invested in Mesosphere, the company behind Mesos OSS project and they are part of the CNCF and acquired a company to need up their Kubernetes credentials. The only missing piece was CloudFoundry Foundation. By joining the CF Foundation, they are signaling that they are serious about CloudFoundry support on Azure.
What does it mean for customers?
Customers can now get the confidence that if they go with CloudFoundry on Azure, they can be confident that it will work seamlessly. In order to make CloudFoundry a first class citizen on Azure, Microsoft has to work closely with the CloudFoundry community and this is a key first step towards that. Now it is critical for Microsoft to put their engineers in the project to ensure that they are able to influence the project to suit the needs of Microsoft customers.
In a nutshell
Microsoft joining CloudFoundry foundation signals their commitment to the project. It should give confidence to their customers to use CloudFoundry on Azure. It will be interesting to watch the progress. I am hoping to hear from Microsoft on how their customers are using CloudFoundry at scale in their conference next year.
Disclaimer: CloudFoundry Foundation took care of my travel