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A large contingent of Cloud Foundry participants gathered in Santa Clara, California, last month to share and learn how multi-cloud environments are changing how enterprises develop and deliver applications faster.

I have attended two prior summits and was impressed how far the community has come in just a few years. The content expanded significantly this year with the focus not only on the technology components of the platform, but the community engagement and a significant increase in enterprise adoption.

Talks and sessions ranged from innovation to full production deployments with many companies running thousands of business applications. Here are a few key takeaways from the Cloud Foundry Summit:

  • Hybrid cloud – The ongoing debate of public vs. private cloud is waning as enterprises take advantage of service and deployment models that fit their individual requirements. According to one account by Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji, the average enterprise now uses four to five different cloud providers (on and off premises). Cloud Foundry can be one component of this multi-cloud, multi-platform environment by enabling enterprises to deploy applications faster, thereby reducing time to value and preventing vendor lock-in through an open technology community.
  • Cloud native and beyond – While the focus of Cloud Foundry usage has, to date, primarily been on building greenfield cloud native applications, multiple sessions discussed examples of cloud enabled workloads and strategies for migrating workloads from traditional hosting to a Cloud Foundry platform. Using one of many buildpacks available including typical enterprise languages, such as Java and .Net, or using containers to package legacy code, developers have a broad range of migration options.
  • Transformative abilities – Adopters are reaping the benefits of Cloud Foundry and using it to drive IT and business transformation in their enterprises. Speed to market and simplified deployment were common themes, with multiple accounts of order of magnitude improvement in end-to-end development and deployment times. Implementing a new platform can also drive DevOps and agile transformation while requiring IT and lines of business to address culture and organizational changes that come along with it.
  • Flourishing ecosystem – The Cloud Foundry Community continues to expand. New Cloud Foundry Foundation partners, dojosCloud Foundry rabbit, and a new ambassador program were highlighted. Deploying and managing CF is not for the faint of heart. It takes skills, executive buy-in and a willingness to change. The good news is there is a wealth of resources available through the community as well as partners to help enterprises implement their own Cloud Foundry environments or provide managed environments on premises, off premises or both.

With more than 2,000 registrants and 100 keynotes, lightning talks, and breakout sessions, attendees had a wide range of informative topics to choose from during the two-and-a-half-day Cloud Foundry Summit. Participants were from a broad spectrum of enterprise roles including executives, developers, administrators, and operators covering multiple industries including, healthcare, publishing, finance, retail, media, automotive, government and more.

To learn more about the summit and watch replays of keynotes and selected sessions (coming soon), visit the Cloud Foundry Summit website. To participate, attend the next Summit in Frankfurt this September or find a local meetup near you. Better yet, get started now and perform your first “cf push,” visit IBM Bluemix for a free trial.

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