Cloud Foundry Foundation names Ramji CEO

The Cloud Foundry Foundation, put in place last year to promote the open-source platform as a service framework, now has new leadership. Sam Ramji, former VP of strategy of Apigee, is now CEO.

In the statement announcing the news, Ramji was painted as a neutral outsider to the Cloud Foundry effort:

Ramji’s absence of ties to any of the Foundation’s member companies underscores the community’s embrace of coopetition between major vendors to drive Cloud Foundry’s success.

When it comes to open source efforts like Linux, Eclipse and OpenStack, it’s important to demonstrate that no one vendor can big-foot the process.

The foundation was formed about a year ago by Cloud Foundry backer Pivotal with its federation partners [company]EMC[/company] and [company]VMware[/company], as well as [company]Rackspace[/company], [company]IBM[/company], [company]HP[/company], [company]CenturyLink[/company], ActiveState and [company]SAP[/company]. Notably absent is [company]Red Hat[/company], the Linux and OpenStack player that is pushing its own distinctly non-Cloud Foundryish OpenShift PaaS.

The offloading of governance to a foundation was meant to provide an “open governance” model and ensure that no one backer controlled the process. Then, in December, the group tapped the Linux Foundation to provide bread-and-butter PR, logistics and planning services. The release for this news, for example, was sent out by the Linux Foundation staff.

The foundation also named nine new members:

  • EMC – John Roese
  • HP – Bill Hilf
  • VMware – Ajay Patel
  • IBM – Christopher Ferris
  • SAP – Sanjay Patil
  • Intel – Nicholas Weaver
  • Pivotal – Rob Mee
  • Swisscom – Marco Hochstrasser
  • ActiveState – Bart Copeland

Apigee buys InsightsOne to help APIs make predictions

API specialist Apigee has acquired a predictive analytics startup called InsightsOne. The companies say the goal is to connect enterprise data and APIs to help predict business outcomes and serve up insights.

Wanted: Shiny, happy APIs (with a business rationale)

API love is all fine and dandy. But successful application programming interfaces should have a real — and measurable — business value, according to API experts speaking at GigaOM Structure Europe on Wednesday.

Apigee launches product as telcos prep software defined networks

Many interested in deploying software defined networks are eager for the agility and programmability they can provide. But the fear of breaking their network means IT is leery of deploying SDNs. Apigee has updated its API management products to work on SDNs to alleviate those fears.

Microsoft joins startups in building the new app infrastructure stack

Microsoft is joining several startups in trying to entice developers to use its cloud as a specialized backend for their mobile applications. Microsoft’s Windows Azure Mobile Services joins offerings from Parse, Kinvey and Apigee in trying to establish a new infrastructure for the growing mobile ecosystem.

API manager Apigee gets $20M for mobile focus

Apigee, a company that helps manage and monitor APIs, snagged a $20 million round of funding led by new investor Focus Ventures, with participation from current investors Bay Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, SAP Ventures and Third Point Ventures.

API market Mashape raises $1.5M seed from mega investors

Mashape, an API marketplace catering to both application developers and providers, has raised a $1.5 million seed round from a who’s who of technology investors, including Index Ventures, Charles River Ventures, Ignition Partners, CEO Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors.