IBM and Pivotal announced that they will collaborate on further development of the Cloud Foundry platform and open source project — which provides developer frameworks and application services — and work toward establishing an open governance model for the community.

Cloud Foundry is a platform-as-a-service framework that allows users to choose among cloud infrastructure and application programming models, and cloud applications. The framework, which makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications, is an Apache 2.0 licensed project stewarded by Pivotal.

IBM says it sees an increasing demand for cloud-based mobile, social and analytics applications from line-of-business executives. CIOs need a more open and vibrant cloud development platform, such as Cloud Foundry, to meet that demand and avoid vendor lock-in, the company says.

"Cloud Foundry's potential to transform business is vast, and steps like the one taken today help open the ecosystem up for greater client innovation," Daniel Sabbah, general manager of Next Generation Platforms at IBM, said in a statement. "IBM will incorporate Cloud Foundry into its open cloud architecture, and put its full support behind Cloud Foundry as an open and collaborative platform for cloud application development.”

Pivotal will establish a community advisory board of Cloud Foundry users and vendors, including IBM, to guide the community. Pivotal will continue to steward the Cloud Foundry brand and preserve the trademark from direct commercial use in product names.

"We believe that the Cloud Foundry platform has the potential to become an extraordinary asset that many players can leverage in an open way to enable a new generation of applications for the cloud," Paul Maritz, CEO of Pivotal, said in a statement.

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