CNCF lands AWS, Microsoft: The five biggest cloud vendors are now aboard

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has wind in its sails. Summer signings of AWS and Microsoft (Platinum members), as well as Alibaba (Gold), follow Tencent (Gold), Mashape (Silver), VEVO and Zalando Technology (end users) in the spring. With the additions, the five largest cloud providers (including Google and IBM) are now CNCF members. Adrian Cockcroft, AWS's VP of cloud architecture strategy, and Gabe Monroy, lead project manager for containers on Microsoft Azure, join CNCF's board. Dell, VMware, Cisco, Intel, Samsung, Red Hat and Fujitsu are among the other board members. CNCF's mission is to advance a cloud-native open source stack that is containerized, offers dynamic orchestration and is built on microservices. CNCF is seen as providing a neutral home for OSS projects such as Kubernetes, containerd, CNI and linkerd. CNCF was launched at the same time as Kubernetes, which Google contributed to the foundation as a seed technology. CNCF has a budget of $2m-3m, and its high-level objectives are increasing IT velocity, avoiding lock-in and reducing costs for users by helping them understand how to build cloud-native applications and providing suggestions. What CNCF is not is a standards organization or committee to discuss architecture or standards. Its progress can be measured by the number of projects onboarded, and by the raised level of industry conversation around cloud-native applications and standard ways of talking about them.

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