Cloud Foundry is an open platform as a service, providing a choice of clouds, developer frameworks and application services. Initiated by VMware (www.vmware.com), with broad industry support, Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications. It is an open source project and is available through a variety of private cloud distributions and public cloud instances, including CloudFoundry.com. What is Open Platform as a Service (PaaS)? The Cloud Foundry Foundation's mission is to establish and sustain Cloud Foundry as the global industry standard open source PaaS technology with a thriving ecosystem; to deliver continuous quality, value and innovation to users, operators and providers of Cloud Foundry technology; and, to provide a vibrant agile experience for the community's contributors that delivers the highest quality cloud-native applications and software, at high velocity with global scale. Its guiding principles are: Governance By Contribution - Influence within the Foundation is based on contributions. IP Hygiene - IP cleanliness must be preserved at all times. Equal Opportunity To Participate - Everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in projects. No Surprises - Planning processes and project status are open to all.