Press Release

Pivotal and VMware Team Up to Accelerate Deployment of Cloud Native Applications with Advanced Enterprise Cloud Solution

New Pivotal Cloud Foundry and VMware Photon Platform Cloud Native Stack Enables Enterprises to Deliver Worry-Free Management of Applications and Infrastructure in Single Solution



SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, Calif., April 26, 2016 – Pivotal® and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today introduced an enterprise cloud native stack featuring Pivotal Cloud Foundry® and VMware Photon Platform, combining Pivotal’s continuous innovation cloud platform and VMware’s cloud native infrastructure into a single solution to speed application creation and deployment with built-in application and infrastructure management. The two companies originally previewed their joint solution at VMworld 2015 U.S.

Digital transformation is a top priority for enterprises as they look to increase agility in order to compete and innovate more effectively. The Pivotal-VMware cloud native stack enables enterprises to enhance customer experiences by delivering modern applications that enable business leaders to take advantage of cloud economics, developers to innovate at startup speeds, and operators to run software with greater efficiency. It offers organizations a fast path to building and running their cloud native applications on-premises.

The Pivotal-VMware cloud native stack benefits enterprises seeking to deploy cloud native applications in the following ways:

  • Best-in-Class Cloud Native Stack VMware Photon Platform is paired with Pivotal Cloud Foundry, the industry-leading cloud native platform, to deliver startup speed with enterprise reliability.
  • Simple to Purchase, Install and Maintain It delivers all the software customers need to quickly deploy and easily manage an enterprise-grade, cloud-ready solution, through a single purchase and support experience.
  • Faster Innovation for Developers and Operators The joint solution is built for speed, scale and programmability, making it usable by developers, operations, and everyone in-between. It is accessible and controllable via APIs, CLI for developers and a GUI for operations teams.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry delivers platform capabilities that enhance developer productivity, enable operational excellence and provide enterprise grade security, scalability, high availability and operational control, so customers can accelerate their time to market for software solutions. Based on open-source technology, Pivotal Cloud Foundry enables customers to innovate faster, and respond to market opportunities with start-up speed and enterprise reliability.

VMware Photon Platform is a new cloud native infrastructure solution optimized for containers and modern applications. It is purpose-built for use in API-driven, multi-tenant and high-scale environments. Today, the platform consists of VMware Photon Controller, an open sourced distributed control plane, Photon OS, a minimal Linux container host, and VMware ESXi. Over time, the platform will include a new compute host, VMware Photon Machine.

This new cloud native stack further expands the collaboration between Pivotal and VMware and their aim to help enterprises adopt cloud native applications. Since 2013, global enterprises have accelerated their application development initiatives successfully running Pivotal Cloud Foundry on top of VMware vSphere. The stack, which is expected to become available in Q2 2016 and feature a single point of support, will help to eliminate the complexity of purchasing, installing and maintaining the software required to run cloud native applications on-premises.

In March 2016, VMware introduced the Photon Platform BOSH CPI (Cloud Provider Interface) release enabling Cloud Foundry users to deploy and manage applications on Photon Platform without changing their workflow. The CPI is one of several open source components of the solution in addition to Cloud Foundry, Photon Controller, Photon OS and Project Lightwave. More information on the open source projects is available at VMware’s GitHub page.

Supporting Quotes

James Watters, SVP of Products at Pivotal

“To transform their software delivery and operations practices, the Fortune 100 is turning to cloud native platforms. The Pivotal-VMware cloud native stack is the industry's first complete infrastructure to application run-time solution. By providing a modern software development platform to the enterprise, we can enable their transformation and accelerate how quickly they deliver new experiences to their customers.”

Kit Colbert, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Native Applications, VMware

“Enterprises building a greenfield cloud native environment want a simple and easy to use and maintain solution that allows them to move quickly so they can focus on delivering value to customers. In collaboration with Pivotal, we’ve introduced a complete cloud native stack that is designed to eliminate the complexity of building an enterprise grade solution. Together, VMware and Pivotal are enabling enterprises to accelerate their cloud native initiatives today.”

Gary Chen, Research Manager, Software Defined Compute, IDC

“With the pace of innovation accelerating and broadening, enterprises are increasingly pursuing digital transformation initiatives. To succeed, enterprises must equip themselves with the proper tools to deliver on agile infrastructure and faster software development that will support this transformation. Pivotal and VMware have collaborated on a joint solution focused on building, deploying, and managing cloud native applications to address these needs.”

Pricing and Availability

The cloud native stack from Pivotal and VMware is expected to become available in Q2 2016. Pricing will be announced at availability. Customers can contact their local Pivotal and VMware sales representatives for more information.


About VMware

VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware's industry-leading virtualization technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2015 revenues of $6.6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at

About Pivotal

Pivotal’s Cloud Native platform drives software innovation for many of the world’s most admired brands. With millions of developers in communities around the world, Pivotal technology touches billions of users every day. After shaping the software development culture of Silicon Valley's most valuable companies for over a decade, today Pivotal leads a global technology movement transforming how the world builds software.


Kelly Indrieri
Media Relations

Eloy Ontiveros
VMware Global Communications

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