Welcome to CNCF

Join CNCF

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) builds sustainable ecosystems and fosters a community around a constellation of high-quality projects that orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture.

CNCF serves as the vendor-neutral home for many of the fastest-growing projects on GitHub, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy, fostering collaboration between the industry’s top developers, end users, and vendors.

CNCF has over 500 members including the world’s largest public cloud and enterprise software companies as well over a hundred innovative startups. Join your industry peers in helping build and shape the cloud native ecosystem.

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Why join?

Organizations join CNCF because they want to take an active role in supporting the growth and evolution of the cloud native ecosystem:

  • Network with other members of CNCF
  • Support the community by helping fund services that CNCF-hosted projects rely on
  • Demonstrate thought leadership in the cloud native space
  • Raise awareness of CNCF projects so they can quickly reach critical mass
  • Be part of defining and maintaining the technologies that are at the forefront of the industry

CNCF members receive the opportunity to participate in unique, wide-reaching networking and marketing programs. These programs provide a trusted, neutral view of projects being used to deliver real value to customers. Differentiate and be seen as a leader in the cloud native space.

Become a CNCF member and take advantage of these opportunities:

Marketing

Raise awareness of CNCF projects and your participation in CNCF.

CNCF webinars

CNCF webinars provide a cost-effective way to showcase your organization’s thought leadership by educating new and existing community members about best practices, trends, and new technologies. Webinars are marketed via a variety of social channels and available for later viewing on YouTube.

CNCF blog

Showcase your thought leadership and industry commentary, as well as share technical walkthroughs for CNCF projects on the CNCF blog.

Kubernetes blogs + KubeWeekly

While both of these are community-driven efforts, CNCF members receive guidance and advice on content to best share your Kubernetes story or tutorial with the community.

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon

The largest conferences for Kubernetes and other cloud native technologies, with over 4,000 attendees at past events. There are three conferences per year: in Europe, China, and North America. Members receive a discount when sponsoring these events, and a larger discount for sponsoring multiple conferences in the same year. Members have the opportunity to engage with the marketing committee in the year-round planning for these events and to offer detailed suggestions and reviews.

Thought leadership

Show your technical leadership in the cloud native community.

Certified Kubernetes

The Certified Kubernetes program ensures that your version of Kubernetes supports the required APIs. For enterprises and startups using Kubernetes, conformance enables interoperability from one Kubernetes installation to the next. Certification is free for members and allows the use of the trademark “Kubernetes” in your product name (e.g., Acme Kubernetes Engine).

Kubernetes Certified Service Provider (KCSP)

The KCSP program highlights a pre-qualified and vetted tier of service providers who have deep experience helping enterprises successfully adopt Kubernetes. KCSP partners offer a high level of Kubernetes support, consulting, and professional services for organizations embarking on their Kubernetes journey. Members have the opportunity to join this group of organizations to feature your cloud native consulting expertise.

TOC Contributor

CNCF’s Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) provides technical leadership to the cloud native community. Its functions include defining and maintaining the technical vision for CNCF, approving new projects, and removing or archiving old ones. TOC Contributors are representatives from CNCF member companies that assist the TOC in providing technical due diligence for potential projects, assisting projects and working groups, and producing technical content.

Interactive Landscape placement

CNCF’s interactive landscape is a comprehensive survey of all cloud native products and projects. CNCF membership is recognized in the pop-up view of your products and projects, and the default view of the landscape shows CNCF member items before non-member ones.

Kubernetes Training Partner (KTP)

The KTP program features training providers with deep experience in cloud native technology training. All KTPs must meet strict benchmarks for experience and quality, be a KCSP, resell the CKA and/or CKAD exam, have deep knowledge of Kubernetes, and be involved in the community.

Training and certification

CNCF, in partnership with Linux Foundation, manages training and exams for our projects. In particular, we run training and certification for Kubernetes with Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) and Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD). All curriculum materials are open source, and we encourage our members to offer training and resell our exams. Members participate in developing and updating content to ensure it matches industry best practice as well as proposing new training and certification exams.

Community

CNCF is a community of open source projects. Join and share your story.

End user case studies

End user stories help elevate the technical conversations to business objectives and challenges. This program features real-world use cases and the impact cloud native projects are having on end users’ businesses. We would like to feature your customers here. Integration across all CNCF projects are highlighted. Stories include video testimonials with written components to be shared via our wide-reaching media channels and analyst relationships.

Ambassador program

Become a cloud native advocate and be recognized for your expertise in the cloud native space. You will be empowered to educate local communities around the world to learn about CNCF projects and technologies.

Kubernetes.io partner placement

The kubernetes.io partner page includes separate lists for Certified Kubernetes, KCSP, and KTP partners. One CNCF member reports that 18% of their incoming leads start from kubernetes.io or cncf.io.

Speaking opportunities

CNCF organizes a number of events around the world and is invited to speak at many others. We often ask members to support and represent CNCF at such events.

Linux Foundation membership

The Linux Foundation (LF) is the organization of choice for building sustainable open source ecosystems. When you join CNCF, you also join the LF. This allows your organization to engage with the larger open source community, including representatives from more than 1,000 of the top technology companies around the world. You can access leadership in open source compliance, legal issues, and technology excellence. Members also receive exclusive access to events like the Linux Foundation Member Summit and Legal Summits. Members can also choose to engage with the LF’s TODO Group to help establish open source best practices at their company.

Membership levels

Silver

  • Participate in all marketing, community, thought leadership opportunities above.
  • Participate in elections to appoint one (1) representative to the CNCF per every ten (10) Silver members, up to three (3) maximum Silver representatives.
  • Receive discounts on KubeCon + CloudNativeCon sponsorship.
  • Display your logo on the CNCF website and in marketing materials.
  • Access to The Linux Foundation’s invitation-only Linux Foundation Member Summit.
  • Feature your organization in the quarterly CNCF Silver new member announcement.

Gold

Enjoy all benefits included at the Silver level, plus;

  • Participate in all marketing, community, thought leadership opportunities above.
  • Participate in elections to appoint one (1) representative to the CNCF Governing Board per every five (5) Gold members, up to three (3) maximum Gold representatives.
  • Receive greater insight into CNCF strategy and project roadmaps through increased engagement with the CNCF General Manager, Chief Operating Officer, and staff.
  • Increased access to The Linux Foundation’s invitation-only Linux Foundation Member Summit.
  • Create an individualized press release upon membership announcement with the CNCF PR team.

Platinum

Enjoy all benefits of Gold and Silver levels, plus;

  • Appoint one (1) representative to the CNCF Governing Board.
  • Appoint one (1) representative as a voting member in any subcommittees or activities of the Governing Board.
  • Enjoy most prominent placement in displays of membership including on the website and in marketing materials.
  • Increased access to The Linux Foundation’s invitation-only Linux Foundation Member Summit.
  • Receive ongoing, individual engagement and guidance from CNCF General Manager, Chief Operating Officer, and staff.
  • Create an individualized press release upon membership announcement with the CNCF PR team.

Academic/Not Profit

The Academic and Nonprofit category of participation is limited to academic and nonprofit institutions respectively and requires approval by the Governing Board.

Academic / Nonprofit members are eligible to:

  • Participate in all marketing, community, thought leadership opportunities above.
  • Receive discounts on KubeCon + CloudNativeCon sponsorship.
  • Identify your organization as a member and display your logo on the CNCF website and in marketing materials.
  • Feature your organization in the quarterly CNCF Silver new member announcement.

End User Community

Companies that use cloud native technologies internally, but do not sell any cloud native services externally, are eligible to join the End User Community. CNCF offers multiple opportunities for end users to contribute and have their voices heard. This is an opportunity to collaborate with your peers on best practices, work directly with project maintainers, and provide feedback to CNCF.

Membership pricing

A corporate Linux Foundation membership is needed to participate as a member of CNCF. To see if your organization is already a member, check this list; otherwise, pricing is shown below.

CNCF annual membership fees

Membership classNew to LFExisting LF member
Platinum$370,000$350,000
Gold$120,000$100,000
SilverSee Silver fee scaleSee Silver fee scale
Academic$1,000$1,000
Non-Profit$500$500

CNCF Silver fee scale

The Silver fee scale is based on consolidated number of employees.

Consolidated employeesNew to LFExisting LF member
5,000 employees +$50,000$30,000
3,000 – 4,999 employees$45,000$30,000
1,000 – 2,999 employees$35,000$20,000
500 – 999 employees$25,000$10,000
100 – 499 employees$15,000$5,000
50 – 99 employees$10,000$5,000
Under 50 employees$7,000$2,000

End User Supporter

Participate in the End User Community without the full benefits of membership in CNCF.

Consolidated employeesSupporter fee
300 employees +$4,500
Under 299 employees$1,800

Join

The success of CNCF is due to the contributions and support of the developer community and member companies. Join your industry peers in helping build and shape the cloud native ecosystem, its use cases, and applications.

If you have questions and want to speak to someone, please get in touch.