Tier 3 Contributes .NET Support to Cloud Foundry PaaS
Enterprise cloud platform provider Tier 3 has announced the contribution of a .NET Framework implementation of the VMware-helmed Cloud Foundry open source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) project. This new, Microsoft Windows-friendly version of Cloud Foundry has been dubbed “Iron Foundry” by Tier 3, and its developers are dedicated to keeping it in sync with the main branch.
In addition to the main Iron Foundry fork of the Cloud Foundry project tree, Tier 3 has opened IronFoundry.org to deliver both a Windows version of Cloud Foundry Explorer and a Visual Studio Plugin for Cloud Foundry. In addition, Tier 3 promises in its press release that Iron Foundry will be posted to GitHub under an Apache 2.0 license soon.
Tier 3 CTO Jared Wray explained the timing and goal of this move in a prepared statement:
“At Tier 3, we believe that PaaS is so universal and so foundational to the adoption of cloud for web applications that it should be an open source framework. As enterprises accelerate the deployment of their mission-critical applications to the cloud, the need for a .NET-based Cloud Foundry PaaS in the marketplace was acute. As fans of the open source nature of Cloud Foundry – and as a .NET based-cloud platform ourselves – we were excited to take on this opportunity to support the enterprise developer and open source communities and to foster innovation for the cloud.”
To boost adoption, Tier 3 is offering a one-per-developer 90-day trial letting developers run a single database instance and a single web instance, free of charge, from their testbed environment. Refer a friend and get a bonus month. Moreover, Tier 3 is assigning its senior engineers to take the time to address user concerns on the Iron Foundry forums.
Yes, it’s another platform-as-a-service announcement. But VMware has been putting some serious muscle into bolstering the Cloud Foundry ecosystem, and developers seem to be responding. Keep watching TalkinCloud for updates.