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IBM Drives Cloud Adoption Through Ecosystem, Open Support

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is accelerating the adoption of cloud computing through growth in the ecosystem that includes working with key open technology organizations that are focused on simplifying and speeding application deployment on the cloud.

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Specifically, IBM was just named as a founding member of jQuery, home to a JavaScript community committed simplifying coding tasks.  By joining the jQuery Foundation, IBM continues an ongoing commitment to contribute to open technology efforts critical to today's leading open cloud architectures. jQuery simplifies how the industry builds web applications. IBM uses jQuery broadly across its portfolio, including its popular IBM MobileFirst platform for Enterprise Mobile Solutions. 

In addition, IBM will join Pivotal and a number of other companies to establish the Cloud Foundry to help drive global collaboration with developers and cloud computing technologists. In doing so, they will seek to produce a ubiquitous Platform-as-a-Service open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. IBM will also be a platinum-level sponsor for Cloud Foundry and will become a member of its board of directors, taking an active role in developing and promoting the Cloud Foundry project.

"Independent foundations like Cloud Foundry and jQuery are important steps toward building an industry-wide open cloud architecture and simplify how Web-based applications are built and deployed," said Dr. Angel Diaz, IBM's Vice President Open Technology and Cloud Performance Solutions. "To support this, IBM will join these foundations and take an active role in developing and promoting both communities."

Additionally, IBM continues to drive industry adoption of the OASIS Topology & Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) standard to address the demand for portability of workloads. TOSCA, co-chaired by IBM, is now gaining traction within the growing OpenStack HOT project. As the community explores alignment with TOSCA, they will demonstrate how cloud applications can be modeled, shared, deployed and managed, seamlessly, amongst products and cloud platforms, from multiple vendors.

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