One of the main guiding principles for SAP HANA Cloud Platform has always been to provide an open platform. Besides the lower entry barrier that comes with open-source based components and the lower total cost of ownership/operation resulting from open standards a key argument for customers will always be the reduced vendor lock-in. All of these considerations lead SAP to commit to both Cloud Foundry and OpenStack back in 2014 (further info here) and join the Cloud Foundry Foundation as a founding member in January 2015.
On December 15th, SAP announced its commitment to and participation in the new Cloud Foundry Certification Program during the program launch event that was held in San Francisco:
"With Cloud Foundry certification of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and our participation in the Cloud Foundry Certification Program, we can enable our customers and partners to leverage a continuous stream of cloud-based innovation in an open source environment.This can help lead to application and skill portability across cloud services or on-premise software products that offer Cloud Foundry.”
- Dirk Basenach, senior vice president, SAP HANA Cloud Platform and Platform Security, SAP SE