Cloud Foundry is an open-source Platform as a Service (PaaS) originally initiated by VMware
Cloud Foundry allows developers to focus on applications, not hardware or middleware, allowing you to deploy and scale applications in seconds.
In addition you can use Micro Cloud Foundry to set up your own instance of Cloud Foundry. It comes as a virtual machine image for use with VMWare Workstation, Player or Fusion. Cloud Foundry also offers a hosted service.
Sounds like an ideal platform for experimenting with Cloud applications and this is what I’ve been toying with over the last 6 months or so.
Existing services will be discontinued and Cloud Foundry V2 will become a paid service from the end of June (2013) as part of the recently announced Pivotal Initiative which is an independent entity funded by VMware and EMC. Any V1 applications must be migrated to V2 because of architectural changes.
If you’re interested check out my article on how to post a Node.JS application to Cloud Foundry’s hosted service at (https://developer.kf12.com/cloud/deploying-an-application-to-cloud-foundry-v2/).
There are many other Cloud application platforms – a couple which may be worth exploring further are
|Heroku||Heroku (pronounced her-OH-koo) is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps||https://www.heroku.com/|
|AppFog||PaaS for Public and Private Clouds. Easily build and deploy fast, scalable, and reliable applications to the cloud in seconds||https://www.appfog.com/|
(CenturyLink, Inc. announced on June 14 the acquisition of AppFog, Inc. https://www.appfog.com/savvis/pressrelease/)