End User Technical Advisory Board established to advance cloud native adoption in the enterprise

LAKE TAHOE – Open Source Leadership Summit – February 14, 2017 – T​he Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers of microservices, today announced that Amihan Global Strategies, Aporeto, Capital One, Chef Software Inc., DaoCloud, Galactic Fog, Gronau IT Cloud Computing GmbH, Heptio, Juniper Networks and Loodse GmbH have joined the Foundation to help shape the cloud native ecosystem and promote its use cases within modern enterprise infrastructures. In addition, Ticketmaster has joined as an end user supporter.

These 11 new members highlight the unprecedented variety of industries calling upon cloud native technologies for the modernization of their global infrastructures. The growing adoption of today’s most successful dynamically-orchestrated technologies, microservice architectures and container solutions serves as validation of born-in-the-cloud benefits to enterprises.

“The cloud native ecosystem is fueling unprecedented innovation across every layer of open technology, driving a wide-range of companies to join our efforts,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “We are thrilled to welcome them into the Foundation and to kick off the formation of the End User Technical Advisory Board. This empowered end user group is a vital part of our efforts, as it will make sure the interest of real end users are heard and promoted in the community.”

End user member Capital One and end user supporter Ticketmaster have joined other end user member companies Goldman Sachs, eBay, AT&T and NCSOFT on the End User Technical Advisory Board (TAB), which will provide technical input to the CNCF developer community and leadership team. Meeting monthly, the board reviews topics of concern to end users, their current and future cloud native work, key challenges and top use cases. This will promote understanding by the TOC of how these companies are using cloud native technologies. The End User TAB will also help promote cloud native market adoption and advise the Governing Board. Additionally information on end user memberships, end user supporters and the End User TAB, please visit. https://www.cncf.io/people/end-user-community/

The newest members will join CNCF’s member network of more than 65 cloud native stewards, many of whom will attend CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe in Berlin on March 29-30.

About the newest end user member:

Capital One takes a cloud-first approach to software development and has embraced open source, actively using, as well as contributing to open source projects including Hygieia, a comprehensive DevOps dashboard released in 2015. Capital One is on a journey to learn and grow as a technology company, in addition to being a well-known financial services firm. The company is focused on digital and mobile innovation, developing and delivering bold, breakthrough transformations that help people connect with their finances in new, meaningful, and delightful ways.

“As a cloud-first organization, we recognize the value that cloud native technologies at scale can provide,” said Kapil Thangavelu, Senior Director, Software Engineering, at Capital One. “We joined CNCF to share learnings with the community and drive greater adoption of cloud native technologies across industries.”

About the newest silver members:

Amihan Global Strategies is a digital transformation accelerator that advises and partners with some of the largest institutions in the ASEAN region. Amihan helps companies build a digital roadmap, access ideal technology and act on their vision to become future-ready organizations. As part of this, Amihan has engineered cloud-native digital infrastructure called Cloudblocks™ which enables IT to remove the inefficiencies of the traditional data center and focus more on innovation through cloud-native technologies.

“We work with the largest bank, the largest fast food chain and the leading fashion brand in the Philippines,” said Winston Damarillo, Amihan Chairman. “Without exception, cloud technology paves the way for these institutions to innovate rapidly and adapt to the digital future. We look forward to joining CNCF and working with our clients – some of the largest industry leaders in ASEAN – to bring cloud-native applications to the region’s digital customers at mass scale.”

Aporeto secures distributed cloud-native applications without impacting developer speed, which is possible through the company’s open source project, Trireme. The project minimizes a hacker’s entry point as containers identify themselves to one another. Trireme provides a simple, secure and scalable mechanism for enforcing the Kubernetes new API for network policies and can talk directly to the Kubernetes master without an external controller.

“Aporeto is committed to securing cloud native applications, containers and microservices at any scale, across any cloud,” said Dimitri Stiliadis, CEO of Aporeto. “We look forward to collaborating with our fellow CNCF members and getting involved in technology projects to promote secure, scalable and transparent modern distributed environments.”

Chef Software, Inc. offers a comprehensive suite of automation products that can manage infrastructure, run-time environments, applications and even the DevOps workflow itself. Chef’s commercial and open source products enable organizations in all industries to safely deliver applications, compliance policies, and infrastructure at velocity.

“The CNCF sees the future is empowered application teams that drive how businesses deliver for customers,” said James Casey, Vice President of Partner Engineering, Chef Software. “We not only agree with this vision, but also know an open, neutral community is critical to making this future a reality. We’re excited to join the CNCF and, most importantly, engage in the active community discussion on how we can help developers adopt new, modern ways of delivering software.”

DaoCloud provides enterprise containerized computing solutions. Covering the entire lifecycle of development, delivery, and operation of Internet applications, DaoCloud provides a variety of container innovations and delivery options for public, hybrid and private clouds.

“Through partnerships with many of today’s leading technology companies, DaoCloud is committed to enabling enterprises transform from traditional IT to cloud native,” said Roby Chen, CEO of DaoCloud. “We value CNCF’s forward-thinking approach to identifying cloud native computing with the modern enterprise and look forward to our role in the Foundation’s future success.”

Galactic Fog helps enterprises adopt cloud native computing by providing solutions for CaaS management and high-performance lambda engines.

“Galactic Fog is the solution that companies need in order to digitally transform their legacy IT infrastructure,” said Anthony Skipper, CEO of Galactic Fog. “We look forward to working with our peers to make cloud native computing easily adoptable and applicable everywhere.”

Gronau IT Cloud Computing GmbH is a team of expert consultants, specializing in the analysis of enterprise IT – system administration, architecture, quality assurance and managed services – along with technical support and troubleshooting.

“Our team’s collective passion is building customized cloud software and infrastructures characterized by automation, agility and reliability,” said Pierre Gronau, Managing Director of Gronau IT Cloud Computing GmbH. “We look forward to contributing Gronau’s expertise in cloud native technologies and services back to CNCF’s innovative community.”

Heptio is a startup aimed at helping businesses deploy modern software efficiently by bridging the gap between enterprise IT and the emerging world of cloud native computing. Committed to offering supported configurations of upstream projects, rather than distributions that carry patches, Heptio provides consistency from environment to environment. Built to support and advance the open Kubernetes ecosystem, Heptio will provide a simple, accessible Kubernetes distribution and a set of support and services that are true to the upstream bits and avoid any fragmentation in the community.

“Heptio is committed to making Kubernetes accessible to developers everywhere, and to helping enterprises bridge emerging cloud native approaches to IT with their existing systems, said Craig McLuckie, CEO of Heptio, Inc. “We are committed to working with the upstream community, and hope to contribute to the overall health and success of CNCF hosted projects.”

Juniper Networks enables cloud operators to modernize their cloud networks using software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud telemetry. These technologies allow for network abstraction, segmentation, distributed security policy enforcement, scalable monitoring, and autonomic responses to real-time changes. Together with containers, cloud operators now have new tools to build, deploy, and manage cloud-native applications across many different infrastructures while maintaining application portability and reusability.

“We see tremendous potential in container technologies such as Kubernetes,” said Ankur Singla, Corporate VP General Manager, Juniper Networks. “We have customers today successfully deploying Kubernetes for compute abstraction in tandem with Juniper Contrail for network abstraction, which enables them to run their apps anywhere, anytime, and at any scale. This provides the opportunity to have a single pane of glass to understand all of your application-supporting networks and to discern and validate network security policy, regardless of what infrastructure you are running on. Cloud-native apps demand simplified deployment, management, and monitoring that empowers the developer, operator, and security teams to succeed together.”

Loodse is dedicated to helping enterprise teams deploy and manage multiple container clusters in any organization and environment. Its automated orchestration system Kubermatic enables customers to run fully managed Kubernetes clusters that increase infrastructure speed, efficiency, scalability and flexibility. Moreover, Loodse, based in Hamburg, Germany, provides training and consultancy services in the area of cloud computing and container technologies.

“We are passionate about the potential of flexible infrastructures and cloud native technologies,” said Sebastian Scheele, Co-Founder and CTO of Loodse GmbH. “Therefore, we’re happy to be part of this thrilling movement and to align ourselves with CNCF and its mission to revolutionize traditional IT.”

About the newest end user supporters:

Ticketmaster is a Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. company operating in 29 countries and processing more than 530 million ticket transactions a year. As the global market leader in live event ticketing, Ticketmaster’s experienced technology team is constantly building new product and technology tools to get verified tickets into the hands of real fans. Ticketmaster is currently transitioning to a completely Cloud Native product offering to simplify technology to focus on building innovative products for fans and clients.

“We understand the value cloud native technologies can have for enterprises, so we are investing our time and resources accordingly – starting with the implementation of Kubernetes and other cloud native projects and now in joining CNCF,” said Justin Dean, SVP of Platform and Technical Operations at Ticketmaster. “We’re looking to share Ticketmaster’s cloud native plans and our learnings to end users so other enterprises can better understand how cloud native computing is the future in providing infrastructure to companies in a scalable way.”

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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 and OpenTracing; 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://www.cncf.io/.