Welcome to CNCF

Who we are

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is an open source software foundation that makes cloud native computing universal, resilient and sustainable.

Cloud native technologies empower organizations to build and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments across public, private, and hybrid clouds. Today more than ever, containers, service meshes, microservices, immutable infrastructure, and declarative APIs exemplify the cloud native approach.

We are a community of doers who enable open source projects, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, Envoy, and many others. Kubernetes and other CNCF projects have quickly gained adoption and secured diverse community support, becoming some of the highest velocity projects in the history of open source. 

Diversity-powered resilience is what open source and cloud native are all about. CNCF employs 34 people from various backgrounds and locations; 71% are women, 29% are men. CNCF’s Governance Leadership, comprising the Governing Board and Technical Oversight Committee, is 14% women and 86% men. CNCF’s revenue is derived from four primary fundraising sources, including membership, event sponsorship, event registration, and training.

Our landmark international conferences (including KubeCon + CloudNativeCon) are based on an open source culture of positive-sum interactions. Collectively, we work for the betterment of the entire community. There is no fixed amount of investment, mindshare, or development contribution allocated to specific projects. 

We are a neutral home for open source projects that empower a community for excellence and positive-sum thinking. Our diversity, our openness, our differences, will power untold innovation. Ready for now and primed for tomorrow.

Read more about recent work and accomplishments in the CNCF Annual Report 2020 and more information about CNCF in our FAQ.

Our Charter

“The Foundation’s mission is to make cloud native computing ubiquitous…”

Cloud native definition

Cloud native technologies empower organizations to build and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments such as public, private, and hybrid clouds. Containers, service meshes, microservices, immutable infrastructure, and declarative APIs exemplify this approach.

These techniques enable loosely coupled systems that are resilient, manageable, and observable. Combined with robust automation, they allow engineers to make high-impact changes frequently and predictably with minimal toil.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation seeks to drive adoption of this paradigm by fostering and sustaining an ecosystem of open source, vendor-neutral projects. We democratize state-of-the-art patterns to make these innovations accessible for everyone.

Read in other languages (and contribute) on GitHub.

Our history

Now well past our 5th anniversary, we have recently compiled the history of CNCF from our beginnings in 2015 to the present.