Cloud Foundry

Definition - What does Cloud Foundry mean?

Cloud Foundry is an open-source platform-as-a-service cloud computing system. It allows developers to create and host cloud applications. Cloud Foundry is written in Ruby, Go and Java. It is developed by Pivotal Software, a joint venture with VMware, EMC and General Electric. The project is governed by the Cloud Foundry Foundation.

Techopedia explains Cloud Foundry

Cloud Foundry implements cloud computing on a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model. It was originally developed by VMware before the maintenance of the code was transferred to Pivotal Software, a joint venture with EMC, VMware and General Electric.

Cloud Foundry is an open-source project governed by the nonprofit Cloud Foundry Foundation, which holds the copyright to the code. The code is licensed under the Apache License 2.0.

Cloud Foundry allows projects to be deployed in different spaces. For example, developers might use a development space for developing and testing an application, before pushing a project to a production space where it is accessed by ordinary users.

Cloud Foundry uses external services, such as databases, messaging, development tools and mobile tools. Using the PaaS model, developers can access them all without worrying about the details of the underlying system.

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