Cloud Foundry, which bills itself as the cross-cloud platform as a service (PaaS) of the future, now runs on Amazon(s amzn) Web Services and on OpenStack. Next up? Apparently the Google(s goog) Cloud Platform. Altoros, a third-party service partner, is working on a Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) to ease integration between the PaaS and Google’s IaaS.
To be clear, there’s not really a technical reason that the open-source PaaS can’t run on Google Cloud now, but for truly scalable deployment a CPI is needed, according to Cloud Foundry. That interface intermediates between BOSH, the Cloud Foundry’s deployment installer and operations manager for Cloud Foundry, and the target cloud’s APIs.
As Cloud Foundry’s James Watters put it via email: “You could install parts of cf by hand anywhere on VMs without bosh yes, but bosh is a critical part of cf actually… for real use a CPI is very required.”…
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