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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation 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 450 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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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.

By being a member of CNCF, take advantage of these opportunities!

Marketing

Raise awareness of CNCF projects and your participation in CNCF.

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CNCF Marketing Committee

Participate in the marketing committee to engage with your peers in the cloud native space. Help craft upstream artifacts that will enable you to reuse or remix these materials to better serve your customers. Working together, we can synthesize the stories of the disparate projects into a cohesive narrative to clearly communicate the value of the cloud native ecosystem.

 

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 here.

 

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

CNCF organizes the largest conferences for Kubernetes and other cloud native technologies, with over 4,000 attendees at each of our last two events. There are three conferences per year: Europe in the beginning of the year, China in the middle, and North America at the end. 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.

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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 the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, 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 nativeproducts 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 involvement 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.

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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 these cloud native projects are having on end users’ businesses. We would like to feature your customers here. Integration across all CNCF projects are highlighted and 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 small 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 Open Source Leadership 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 Members

Silver members are eligible to:

• 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 Open Source Leadership Summit.
• Feature your organization in the quarterly CNCF Silver New Member announcement.

Gold Members

Gold members are eligible to:

• Enjoy all benefits included at the Silver level, plus;
• 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 Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and staff.
• Increased access to The Linux Foundation’s invitation-only Open Source Leadership Summit.
• Create an individualized press release upon membership announcement with the CNCF PR team.

Platinum Members

Platinum Members are eligible to:

• 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 Open Source Leadership Summit.
• Receive ongoing, individual engagement and guidance from CNCF Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and staff.
• Create an individualized press release upon membership announcement with the CNCF PR team.

Academic / Nonprofit Member

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

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

Benefits of joining the CNCF End User Community include:

• Voting to select one representative from the End User Community to serve on the Technical Oversight Committee (TOC).
• A private monthly conference call, mailing list, and Slack channel. Each month, we organize an opportunity for end user members to hear from leaders in the cloud native community, including project maintainers, Governing Board and Technical Oversight Committee members, prospective project leaders, and each other.
• 5 tickets to attend the premiere event in the cloud native community, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, in either North America or Europe (2 tickets for companies with less than 300 employees).
• Opportunities to promote your engagement with the CNCF community including your logo on the website and mentions in press releases and analyst briefings. (This is optional. We support End User Community members that wish to keep their engagement private).
• Participate in the End User Partner Summit, a KubeCon+CloudNativeCon pre-event only open to CNCF End User Community members.
• Individual guidance and coaching for talk submissions to KubeCon+CloudNativeCon.

Companies can join the End User Community in two ways:

1. End User Membership (at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum levels)

• Same benefits and dues as matching membership level, but also includes the opportunity to participate in the End User Community.
• This includes all CNCF member benefits including engagement with the Marketing Committee, ability to run for a Governing Board seat and discounts on sponsorships for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon events.

2. End User Supporter

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

• End user case study program
• Ambassador Program
• End User Community Call
• CNCF End User Slack Channel
• Participate and receive tickets to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon
• Feature your organization in the quarterly CNCF Silver New Member announcement

Membership Pricing

CNCF Annual Membership Fees

MEMBERSHIP CLASS
NOT YET LF MEMBER (includes Silver LF Membership)
ALREADY LF MEMBER
PLATINUM
$370,000
$350,000
GOLD
$120,000
$100,000
SILVER
See Silver Fee Scale
See Silver Fee Scale
ACADEMIC
$1,000
$1,000
NONPROFIT
$500
$500

End User Supporter

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

CONSOLIDATED EMPLOYEES
SUPPORTER FEE
300+ employees
$4,500
1-299 employees
$1,800

CNCF Silver Fee Scale

CONSOLIDATED EMPLOYEES
NOT YET LF MEMBER (includes Silver LF Membership)
ALREADY LF MEMBER
5,000 employees +
$50,000
$30,000
Between 3,000 and 4,999
$45,000
$30,000
Between 1,000 and 2,999
$35,000
$20,000
Between 500 and 999
$25,000
$10,000
Between 100 and 499
$15,000
$5,000
Between 50 and 99
$10,000
$5,000
Less than 50
$7,000
$2,000

CNCF Annual Membership Fees

MEMBERSHIP CLASS
NOT YET LF MEMBER (includes Silver LF Membership)
ALREADY LF MEMBER
PLATINUM
$370,000
$350,000
GOLD
$120,000
$100,000
SILVER
See Silver Fee Scale
See Silver Fee Scale
ACADEMIC
$1,000
$1,000
NON-PROFIT
$500
$500

CNCF Silver Fee Scale

CONSOLIDATED EMPLOYEES
NOT YET LF MEMBER (includes Silver LF Membership)
ALREADY LF MEMBER
5,000 employees +
$50,000
$30,000
Between 3,000 and 4,999
$45,000
$30,000
Between 1,000 and 2,999
$35,000
$20,000
Between 500 and 999
$25,000
$10,000
Between 100 and 499
$15,000
$5,000
Between 50 and 99
$10,000
$5,000
Less than 50
$7,000
$2,000

End User Supporter

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

CONSOLIDATED EMPLOYEES
SUPPORTER FEE
> 300 employees
$4,500
< 299 employees
$1,800

Note: 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.

Join Now!

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 your company or organization would like to join now or receive more information, choose your option below.

Not yet a Linux Foundation Member and I want to join CNCF and be a KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe Startup Sponsor

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Looking to understand the difference between joining as an end user member vs. end user supporter?

If you want a document highlighting all the benefits, view the Member Benefits Guide.

Looking for a helpful presentation you can use to build support for joining CNCF? View the Overview Deck.