Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces Dell Technologies as Platinum Member

By March 29, 2017 Announcement

 {code} by Dell EMC builds on its commitment to open source, joins CNCF to accelerate adoption of cloud native environments

BERLIN – CloudNativeCon/KubeCon – March 29, 2017 – T​he Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which is sustaining and integrating environments for applications optimized for cloud operating models, today announced that Dell Technologies is now a Platinum Member. The company joins existing Platinum members Cisco, CoreOS, Docker, Fujitsu, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Mesosphere, Red Hat, Samsung SDS and Supernap in the industry effort to advance cloud native technologies.

Containers, software-based infrastructure, and microservices represent a major evolution in the way applications are deployed and managed. Under cloud native environments, applications are optimized by dynamically being managed adherent to the constraints but also benefiting from the features and services that clouds supply. The foundation ensures organizations have choice and confidence when they commit to these environments that rely on interoperability among cloud native components and services.

Dell Technologies, the largest privately-owned technology company in the world, is committed to enabling cloud native adoption through contributing open source software and integrating into cloud native environments. In 2013, the company released the software-based block and object storage platforms of ScaleIO and Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). Its open source initiative, {code} by Dell EMC, created critical open source container storage orchestration projects, REX-Ray and its heterogeneous storage library libStorage. In the container space, Dell Technologies has also contributed to several open source projects to enhance interoperability and storage capabilities for applications managed by Kubernetes, Docker, Mesos and Cloud Foundry.

“Technology is evolving faster than ever before – and it’s critical that organizations are able to build and sustain smarter applications that drive digital transformation. Open source is the key to agility in today’s environment, where environments must be able to handle rapid change and evolution driven by software,” said Josh Bernstein, VP of Technology for Dell EMC, a Dell Technologies company. “By joining CNCF, we are furthering our commitment to enabling transformation while making software open, accessible and consumable as the heart of enterprise IT strategy.”

“Dell EMC has a long and proven track record making storage technologies available to modern and open source infrastructure,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the CNCF. “The {code} team has been working hard to integrate storage into application platforms to pave way for increased enterprise adoption. We are pleased to welcome them as our newest Platinum member, and look forward to them taking on a bigger role shaping the cloud native landscape.”

As part of Dell Technologies’ Platinum membership, Bernstein will join CNCF’s Governing Board. This membership underscores Dell Technologies’ belief that supporting applications in new ways relies on transformation across the full range of its product portfolio. Cloud-native computing is a widely-applicable concept that spans the entire portfolio of Dell Technologies, including Dell EMC.

“Dell has been active in a variety of CNCF project communities, including presenting to the CNCF TOC on container storage initiatives including libStorage,” said Chris Aniszczyk, COO of the CNCF. “Furthermore, they are involved in the Kubernetes Storage SIG, working closely with the community to solve many challenges of external storage functionality within Kubernetes. We are looking forward to working with Dell within our Storage and Networking Working Groups, as well as many other initiatives.”

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About Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Cloud native computing uses an open source software stack to deploy applications as microservices, packaging each part into its own container, and dynamically orchestrating those containers to optimize resource utilization. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosts critical components of those software stacks including Kubernetes, Fluentd, Linkerd, Prometheus, OpenTracing and gRPC; brings together the industry’s top developers, end users, and vendors; and serves as a neutral home for collaboration. CNCF is part of The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization. For more information about CNCF, please visit: https://cncf.io/.

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