Berne, 16. December 2015
Swisscom is one of the first companies in the world to receive Cloud Foundry certification for deployment of the industry standard in Platform as a Service environments (PaaS), With the Swisscom Application Cloud, companies remain independent and agile, secure control over their applications and reduce their time to market.
Users and providers of Cloud Foundry have agreed in San Francisco on a global industry standard for Platform as a Service and launched Cloud Foundry certification. Seven companies, including heavyweights such as IBM, SAP, HPE and Huawei, have provided evidence of meeting the global industry standard for PaaS and received Cloud Foundry certification. Swisscom is one of the strongest players among the Cloud pioneers and has received certification for the Application Cloud, its PaaS for cloud-native services.
Before being awarded Cloud Foundry certification, the platform is subjected to tests and has to meet the highest standards of security and reliability. The new industry standard for PaaS guarantees companies independence beyond cloud infrastructures and service providers. Companies can choose which applications they wish to operate locally and which to hand over to the provider; the standard guarantees seamless management in hybrid cloud environments. As Marco Hochstrasser, Head of Application Cloud at Swisscom, explains: "We are proud of not only being a founding member of Cloud Foundry, but also one of the first in the world to have a certified product on the market. This serves to confirm us once more in our pioneering role in terms of state-of-the-art cloud environments. Open source is set to be the future."
The market for PaaS products is growing rapidly. According to Gartner, it was worth almost four billion US dollars in 2015. Wikibon Research expects an increase to 68.3 billion US dollars in the next ten years. In the first phase of cloud computing companies were still willing to join forces with large infrastructure providers in order to achieve cost efficiency. Now they wish to regain control over their own services and act in an agile manner. As Hochstrasser explains, "One third of all new applications will already be cloud-based and designed for continuous innovation in the next two years, as in the age of digitalisation, speed is the key to success."
Swisscom is a founder member of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, has been involved in developing the source code since 2013 and exercises influence on the platform's strategic direction. Since October 2015, Swisscom has been offering a public cloud facility for private software developers in Switzerland as well as for companies in Switzerland, Europe and the USA. This allows developers to provide applications in cloud environments at the touch of a button. Access is via the Swisscom Developer Portal. From 2016, Swisscom will also be offering corporate customers a virtual private expression of the Application Cloud complete with dedicated instances, an individual portal and invoicing. In the case of either expression, public or virtual private, Swisscom accords data sovereignty the highest priority. Swisscom operates the Cloud from its own cutting-edge Swiss data centres.
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Cloud Foundry is a joint development comprising 55 members. These include leading players in the banking sector (JPMC, BNY Mellon, Citi, Bloomberg, RBC), from telecommunications (Verizon, Swisscom, Telstra, Centurylink, NTT, Huawei, Ericsson), industry (GE, Honeywell), in management consulting (Accenture, Capgemini, Fujitsu, Toshiba) and major computing providers (Pivotal, IBM, SAP, HPE, Intel, EMC, VMware, Cisco). Cloud Foundry is suitable for all cloud environments, from open source to multi-vendor, and has become the standard at thousands of companies.