IBM and Pivotal are working together to advance the Cloud Foundry platform.
The companies said that they are combining efforts to build an open-source cloud platform that can be adopted by customers for public and private cloud computing platforms.
IBM said the effort would allow customers to produce cloud computing deployments without the risk of vendor lock-in, keeping options open.
IBM Next Generation Platforms general manager Daniel Sabbah said: “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.
“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, as it has done historically for key technologies such as Linux and OpenStack.”
Launched in 2011 by VMware, Cloud Foundry seeks to provide businesses with a common platform for both public and private cloud networks.
For its part, IBM said that it would be providing its WebSphere platform to Cloud Foundry, including a preview version of the Application Server Liberty Core.
Pivotal chief executive Paul Maritz said: “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.
“IBM’s considerable investment in Cloud Foundry is already producing great results with application-centric cloud offerings such as making IBM WebSphere Liberty available on Cloud Foundry. We look forward to growing and expanding an open Cloud Foundry community together with IBM.”
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