What is Cloud Native?

Cloud native computing uses an open source software stack to be:

  1. Containerized. Each part (applications, processes, etc) is packaged in its own container. This facilitates reproducibility, transparency, and resource isolation.
  2. Dynamically orchestrated. Containers are actively scheduled and managed to optimize resource utilization.
  3. Microservices oriented. Applications are segmented into microservices. This significantly increases the overall agility and maintainability of applications.

Why is CNCF Needed?

Companies are realizing that they need to be a software company, even if they are not in the software business. For example, Airbnb is revolutionizing the hospitality industry and more traditional hotels are struggling to compete. Cloud native allows IT and software to move faster. Adopting cloud native technologies and practices enables companies to create software in-house, allows business people to closely partner with IT people, keep up with competitors and deliver better services to their customers.

With CNCF technologies, applications can be ported between different public and private clouds. Free from vendor-lock in, companies are able to transport whole web-scale applications from one cloud to another.

How can I sponsor CNCF Events?

Please refer to each event’s page as listed on https://cncf.io/news/events, or email  sponsor@cncf.io.

What is the relationship between the CNCF and The Linux Foundation?

The Linux Foundation hosts the CNCF, as well as 50+ additional open source projects. More information can be found at https://www.linuxfoundation.org/projects.

Would my project be a good fit for the CNCF?

To make cloud native work, project interest of CNCF spans containers, microservices and programmable infrastructure as well as CI/CD networking, storage, logging, nodes, services, monitoring, visualization and more. Additionally we are interested in projects that demonstrate high quality and high velocity.

Finally, we want to make sure the projects we work with are already up and running and proven to solve a problem for cloud native applications. Learn more here.

The CNCF and each of its projects have their own website. What is the relationship and why multiple sites?

The CNCF hosts the various projects. Additional projects will be added as approved by the TOC (proposal process here). The CNCF provides resources to the projects, but each project continues to operate independently under its pre-existing governance structure and with its existing maintainers. The project websites are the best place to learn about and work with each individual project. The CNCF website is a source for cross-project efforts like events and other initiatives.

I have a question and I’m not sure who or where to ask?

No worries! Email us at info@cncf.io and we will point you in the right direction.