Container orchestration system widely deployed at scale with numerous global organizations

SONOMA, Calif., March 6, 2018 – Open Source Leadership Summit – The Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes® and Prometheus™, today announced that Kubernetes is the first project to graduate. To move from incubation to graduate, projects must demonstrate thriving adoption, a documented, structured governance process, and a strong commitment to community success and inclusivity.

“Kubernetes led to the creation of the CNCF as the first project accepted by the Technical Operating Committee (TOC) a little over two years ago,” said Chris Aniszczyk, COO of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “With the project’s rapid growth, broad participation from numerous organizations, cloud providers and users, and proven ability to operate at scale, the TOC readily endorsed Kubernetes moving on from incubation to graduate. It signals that Kubernetes is mature as an open source project and resilient enough to manage containers at scale across any industry in companies of all sizes.”

For more Kubernetes milestones and its tenure at CNCF, read this blog.

Established, global organizations like Uber, Bloomberg, Blackrock, BlaBlaCar, The New York Times, Lyft, eBay, Buffer, Squarespace, Ancestry, GolfNow, Goldman Sachs and many others use Kubernetes in production at massive scale. Furthermore, according to Redmonk, 71 percent of the Fortune 100 use containers and more than 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies use Kubernetes as their container orchestration platform.

To officially graduate from incubating status, the project also adopted the CNCF Code of Conduct, defined its own governance structure and established a Steering Committee. Today committers come from multiple companies and lists who have designated responsibility over different parts of the Kubernetes codebase.

Additionally, Kubernetes also had to earn (and maintain) a Core Infrastructure Initiative Best Practices Badge. Completed in August of 2016, the CII badge shows an ongoing commitment to code quality and security best practices.

“The Kubernetes project is proud to graduate into a full CNCF project as well as to have helped the organization launch and grow into the industry-leading position it has today. This project and company ecosystem has changed the face of infrastructure in the cloud. The Kubernetes community looks forward to maturing the impact cloud native development has had in the industry as a whole,” said Sarah Novotny, Open Source Strategy Lead, Google Cloud.

“Kubernetes has become transcendent in its ability to shatter assumptions about what is possible in an open source project. Ascending from incubation to a full-fledged CNCF project puts the finishing touches on a lighthouse built with care to guide other communities toward conscientious success,” said Jaice Singer DuMars, Kubernetes Project Ambassador, Microsoft

Availability and Oversight

The open source container orchestration system includes apps, services, network storage, cluster management and performance and stability features. Kubernetes is released under the Apache License v2.0 and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. The 13-person Steering Committee guides the project’s day-to-day management, including community development and technical processes. For downloads, documentation, and how to get involved, visit, and

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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 cloud native software stacks, including Kubernetes and Prometheus. CNCF serves as the neutral home for collaboration and brings together the industry’s top developers, end users and vendors – including the world’s largest public cloud and enterprise software companies as well as dozens of innovative startups. CNCF is part of The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization. For more information about CNCF, please visit

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