A series of platform-as-a-service cloud providers such as IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Pivotal, CenturyLink and SAP have agreed to certify their Cloud Foundry-based offerings to ensure that the code is portable and won't lock in customers.
The Cloud Foundry Foundation on Wednesday launched a certification program. The certification is the first aimed at ensuring portability across platform-as-a-service offerings across multiple vendors and clouds. The Cloud Foundry Foundation is collectively owned by 55 member companies.
So far, CenturyLink AppFog, HPE Helion Cloud Foundry, IBM Bluemix, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, SAP HANA Cloud Platform and Swisscomm Application Cloud have earned the Cloud Foundry PaaS Certification.
With any luck, this certification effort will be copied by other open source projects. Cloud Foundry, however, may be unique in that vendors haven't bastardized the code by mixing it with proprietary software. In a statement, Cloud Foundry CEO Sam Ramji said the next generation of cloud customers will demand that standards make services portable.
Cloud Foundry's certification ensures applications and skills are portable across any cloud service or on-premise software that offers. The effort is designed to ensure that all certified products use the same core Cloud Foundry code. Products need to recertify annually.
As enterprises build out cloud applications, these certification efforts could gain momentum. A program ensuring OpenStack's core code is preserved may eventually be pushed by enterprises.