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The Total Economic Impact of Pivotal Cloud Foundry

This whitepaper discusses the economic impact, cost savings, and business benefits provided by Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), which is an open source, multi-cloud application platform as a service (PaaS), originally developed by VMware and then transferred to Pivotal Software, a joint venture between Dell EMC Corporation, VMware, and General Electric, and is governed by the Cloud Foundry Foundation, which is a 501(c)(6) organization.

Cloud Foundry stated services are making it easier and faster to build, test, scale, and deploy applications working through a variety of private cloud distributions, public cloud instances, application services, and developer frameworks. Cloud Foundry is backed by major technology corporations like Google, Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, SUSE, and SAP SE (Systems, Applications, & Products in data processing, Societas Europaea). Some of the aspects of Cloud Foundry are the abilities to run any application, work in any cloud, accessing external resources, integration, adaptability, and being open source.

This whitepaper reports the findings of a Total Economic Impact study conducted by Forrester Consulting and commissioned by Pivotal to examine the financial impact, benefits, costs, and risks that are associated with Pivotal Cloud Foundry. IT executives who are looking at Pivotal Cloud Foundry as a potential service for their business need to read this study to know the effects that this investment will have on their business. Executives who are looking for cloud solutions would do well to read this report so that they will be well-informed when making the decision on which platform to choose.

This study lists the quantified benefits, unquantified benefits, risk-adjusted costs, benefits, flexibility, and risk factors that were experienced by companies using Pivotal Cloud Foundry. It also provides a framework for companies that are considering implementing Pivotal Cloud Foundry.