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Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces New Members, Begins Accepting Technical Contributions

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and organization dedicated to advancing the development of cloud native applications and services, today announced new members from across the industry, its formal open governance structure and new details about its technology stack.

The intent to form the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) was announced earlier this year at OSCON to support development in a cloud native environment. Cloud native applications are container-packaged, dynamically scheduled and micro services-oriented. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation focuses on development of open source technologies, reference architectures and common format for Cloud native applications or services. This work provides the necessary infrastructure for Internet companies and enterprises to scale their businesses.

Today this work is resource intensive, requiring companies to assemble a team of experts that can integrate disparate technologies and maintain all of them. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation seeks to improve the overall developer experience, paving the way for faster code reuse, improved machine efficiency, reduced costs and increases in the overall agility and maintainability of applications.

Companies from across the industry are coming together to formally invest in this work. The full roster of founding and new member organizations committed to CNCF include: Apcera, Apprenda, AT&T, Box, Cisco, ClusterHQ, Container Solutions, CoreOS, Cycle Computing,, Deis, Inc/Engine Yard, Docker, eBay, Eldarion, Fujitsu, Google, Huawei, IBM,, Infoblox, Intel, ISHI Systems, Joyent, Kismatic, Mesosphere, Metaswitch Networks (Project Calico), NCSOFT, NEC, NetApp, NGINX, Odin, Portworx, Rancher Labs, Red Hat, RX-M, LLC, Scalock, Software Engineering Lab of Zhejiang University, Switch SuperNap, Sysdig, Twistlock, Twitter, Univa Corporation, VMware, Weaveworks, and Williams Garcia.

"As cloud computing matures, we're finding there are a variety of ways to approach application development in this environment. Among some of the world's largest users, such as Google and Facebook, cloud native development allows unprecedented scale and efficiency," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. "With the level of investment from across the industry and technical contributions from some of the developer community's best talent, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is poised to advance the state of the art of application development at Internet scale."

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation today is also announcing its ratified open governance structure. The model includes a Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) that will direct technical decisions, oversee working group projects and manage contributions to the code base. The nominations are currently open for TOC members and we encourage everyone to get involved; see the cncf-toc mailing list for more information. There is also an End User Advisory Board and Board of Directors to guide business decisions and ensure alignment between the technical and end user communities.

Technical contributions are open to anyone and are being submitted now to the Technical Oversight Committee for review. Expected contributions include Kubernetes; etcd, a distributed consistent key-value store for shared configuration and service discovery; and flannel an etcd backed network fabric for containers. Additionally, Supernap is preparing a large community governed compute farm to be used for advancing Foundation technologies. This infrastructure will be used to run multiple scalability and performance tests and deploy various software stacks easily and at scale. The Foundation aims to provide a neutral home for any technologies that support an open and interoperable stack for cloud native computing.

The Foundation is looking at open source at the orchestration level, followed by the integration of hosts and services by defining API's and standards through a code first approach to advance the state-of-art of container-packaged application infrastructure. The organization is also working with other Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects, such as the Open Container Initiative, which is establishing the industry standard for   container image specification and runtime, and the Cloud Foundry Foundation.

For more information about the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, please visit:

Published Thursday, December 17, 2015 6:07 PM by David Marshall
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