The future of cloud computing lies in open source. That's the message this week enterprise software giant SAP, which has announced significant new endorsement of open source cloud projects OpenStack and CloudFoundry, as well as the release of related developer resources.

Declaring itself "committed to an open platform for customers and partners to run their businesses in real time in the cloud," SAP announced the support for OpenStack and CloudFoundry July 22 at the O'Reilly OSCON Open Source Convention, which continues through July 24 in Portland, Oregon.

Through the initiative, SAP will become a platinum member of CloudFoundry, which provides a PaaS solution based on open source software. In that role, the company will contribute code and work with other CloudFoundry members to establish "a foundation that enables the development of next-generation cloud applications," it said.

SAP also plans to become a highly active contributor to OpenStack, focusing on expanding the open source code base of the cloud operating system in ways that will make it more useful for deployment in enterprise clouds.

In addition to expanding support for open source cloud development, SAP has also unveiled new cloud-based tools this week to help developers work with its HANA Cloud Platform, which itself integrates CloudFoundry and OpenStack. The tools come in the form of a web portal called SAP HANA Answers, which developers can access in a browser as well as through a plugin for SAP HANA Studio, the company's Eclipse-based IDE for cloud development and management.