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CNCF Purchases RethinkDB Source Code and Contributes It to The Linux Foundation Under the Apache License

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CNCF has purchased the source code to the RethinkDB database, relicensed the code under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (ASLv2) and contributed it to The Linux Foundation.

RethinkDBTM is an open source, NoSQL, distributed document-oriented database that is in production use today by hundreds of technology startups, consulting firms and Fortune 500 companies, including NASA, GM, Jive, Platzi, the U.S. Department of Defense, Distractify and Matters Media. Some of Silicon Valley’s top firms invested $12.2 million over more than eight years in the RethinkDB company to build a state-of-the-art database system, but were unsuccessful in creating a sustainable business, and it shut down in October 2016.

The project was licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License, Version 3 (AGPLv3), a strong copyleft license, which limited the willingness of some companies to use and contribute to the software. CNCF paid $25,000 to purchase the RethinkDB copyright and assets and has re-licensed the software under the ASLv2, one of the most popular permissive software licenses, which enables anyone to use the software for any purpose without complicated requirements. (See related blog post “Why CNCF Recommends ASLv2”.)

“CNCF saw the opportunity to salvage an enormous investment with a small incremental contribution,” said CNCF Executive Director Dan Kohn. “RethinkDB created millions of dollars worth of value and is used by a wide range of projects, companies and startups. Now that the software is available under the Apache license, the RethinkDB community has the opportunity to define the future path for themselves.” 

Praised for its ease-of-use, rich data model and ability to support extremely flexible querying capabilities, RethinkDB’s real-time push architecture is well-suited for collaborative web and mobile apps, streaming analytics apps, multiplayer games, realtime marketplaces and connected devices and services.

“RethinkDB was built by a team of database experts with the help of hundreds of contributors from around the world. With its current feature set, we believe RethinkDB continues to offer distinct advantages over other data stores in its class,” said RethinkDB community member Chris Abrams. “CNCF’s relicensing and our new home within the Linux Foundation allows the RethinkDB community to unite together to push the project forward.”

RethinkDB supports cloud-native clustering out of the box. Additional benefits include its elegant functional query language, change feeds for dynamic queries and user interface simplicity. (See related blog post “The Liberation of RethinkDB”)

“I love RethinkDB and use it every day in production,” said Bryan Cantrill, Joyent CTO and a member of the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee. “I’m thrilled that the CNCF is liberating the RethinkDB community with an open source license that is amenable to broad adoption. I hope RethinkDB will consider applying to become a CNCF Inception project in the future, and I look forward to advocating for them in my capacity as a member of the TOC.”

The RethinkDB software is available to download at Development occurs at and work has been underway on the 2.4 release, which will be available shortly. Follow the RethinkDB community discussion at Continued community support is available at:


Contact for any questions and media inquiries: Sarah Conway, 978-578-5300,

RethinkDB is a trademark of The Linux Foundation.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces Keynotes and Full Agenda for CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe

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Accenture, / Schibsted, Salesforce, Ticketmaster, and Yahoo will speak to the cloud native community March 29-30 in Berlin

SAN FRANCISCO – January 26, 2017 – The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers of microservices, today announced the program and agenda for CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe, taking place March 29-30 in Berlin.

Following a sold-out show in Seattle, CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe will gather adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud native communities in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K., U.S. and more. Along with CNCF hosted projects – Fluentd, Kubernetes, Linkerd, OpenTracing and Prometheus – these technologies will come under one roof for two days to further the education and adoption of cloud native computing.

“Our second hosted event, CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe, will provide a larger, more global platform for showcasing innovation in the ever-growing cloud native ecosystem,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “Our Berlin show will bring together technologists from all over the world to collaborate and knowledge share around increasingly critical open source projects in container orchestration, log monitoring, tracing and microservices.”

Conference co-chairs, Deis’ Michelle Noorali and Google’s Kelsey Hightower, helped curate the event’s content, including a mix of storage and services sessions; case studies from Buoyant, Cisco, Conrad Electronic, Digital Ocean, Huawei, IBM Cloud, inovex, Inuits,, Luiza Labs, OpenAI, Soho House, Treasure Data and VMware highlighting the use of Kubernetes, Prometheus, gRPC and Linkerd in production; and technical sessions on OpenTracing, Zipkin, Fluentd, Helm, Steward, and more that address integration throughout the stack for developers, operations, end users and executives.

“This entire community is strong and moving forward at an incredible pace,” said Michelle Noorali,  Software Engineer at Deis. “We’re spread across the world, so I’m especially excited for the in-person conversations as the community comes together at CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe. I’m also looking forward to being inspired by the diversity of the use cases for cloud native technologies in Berlin.”

From the more than 403 submissions, the co-chairs and selection committee identified compelling case studies, panels, session presentations and lightning talks for the final agenda that tap into emerging trends in microservices architectures and orchestration, while providing clarity on the rapidly evolving, sometimes complex, cloud native landscape.

“As a conference chair, I always remind myself that content is king,” said Kelsey Hightower, Staff Developer Advocate at Google. “Most people go to conferences to learn something, so the talks must meet that expectation. I am excited for this year’s schedule of talks at CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe.”

The schedule includes leading expert insight from the following featured keynotes:

  • “Cloud Native,” from Alexis Richardson, CEO of Weaveworks
  • “Your Philips Hue Light Bulbs Are Turned On By Kubernetes,” from Mark van Straten, Software Engineer at Q42
  • “Kubernetes 1.6 and The Open Source Roadmap,” from Aparna Sinha, Senior Product Manager at Google
  • “Building The Infrastructure That Powers The Future of AI,” from Vicki Cheung, Member of Technical Staff at OpenAI
  • “Scaling Kubernetes: Growing Our User Base By 10x,” from Joe Beda, CTO of Heptio
  • “Backstage With Kubernetes,” from Chen Goldberg, Engineering Director at Google

The full CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe program can be viewed here.

Thank You Sponsors

CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe is made possible with support from Diamond Sponsors CoreOS, Huawei, Intel, Red Hat and Tigera; Platinum Sponsors Cisco, Google Cloud Platform and Weaveworks; along with more than 20 additional Gold Sponsors, Silver Sponsors, Start Up Sponsors and Media Sponsors. For more information on sponsorship, please visit

Registration and Accommodations

Register by February 3 to save up to $300 on registration. Additionally, hotel room rate discounts are available here. Book early, the discounted rate is based upon availability.

CNCF Diversity Scholarship

The Foundation will be offering six scholarships to members of traditionally underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in the technology and/or open source communities. Visit to learn more about the scholarship, eligibility requirements and apply.

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, Prometheus, Fluentd 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:


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Linkerd Project Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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Today, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s (CNCF) Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) voted to accept Linkerd as the fifth hosted project alongside Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing and Fluentd. You can find more information on the project on their GitHub page.

Linkerd is an open source, resilient service mesh for cloud-native applications. Created by Buoyant founders William Morgan and Oliver Gould in 2015, Linkerd builds on Finagle, the scalable microservice library that powers companies like Twitter, Soundcloud, Pinterest and ING. Linkerd brings scalable, production-tested reliability to cloud-native applications in the form of a service mesh, a dedicated infrastructure layer for service communication that adds resilience, visibility and control to applications without requiring complex application integration.

“As companies continue the move to cloud native deployment models, they are grappling with a new set of challenges running large scale production environments with complex service interactions,” said Fintan Ryan, Industry Analyst at Redmonk. “The service mesh concept in Linkerd provided a consistent abstraction layer for these challenges, allowing developers to deliver on the promise of microservices and cloud native applications at scale. In bringing linkerd under the auspices of CNCF, Buoyant are providing an important building block for to the wider cloud native community to use with confidence.”

Enabling Resilient and Responsive Microservice Architectures

Linkerd enables a consistent, uniform layer of visibility and control across services and adds features critical for reliability at scale, including latency-aware load balancing, connection pooling, automatic retries and circuit breaking. As a service mesh, Linkerd also provides transparent TLS encryption, distributed tracing and request-level routing. These features combine to make applications scalable, performant, and resilient. Linkerd integrates directly with orchestrated environments such as Kubernetes (example) and DC/OS (demo), and supports a variety of service discovery systems such as ZooKeeper, Consul, and etcd. It recently added HTTP/2 and gRPC support and can provide metrics in Prometheus format.

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“The service mesh is becoming a critical part of building scalable, reliable cloud native applications,” said William Morgan, CEO of Buoyant and co-creator of Linkerd. “Our experience at Twitter showed that, in the face of unpredictable traffic, unreliable hardware, and a rapid pace of production iteration, uptime and site reliability for large microservice applications is a function of how the services that comprise that application communicate. Linkerd allows operators to manage that communication at scale, improving application reliability without tying it to a particular set of libraries or implementations.

Companies around the world use Linkerd in production to power their software infrastructure; including Monzo, Zooz, Foresee, Olark, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Douban and more, and it’s featured as a default part of cloud-native distributions such as Apprenda’s Kismatic Enterprise Toolkit and StackPointCloud.

Notable Milestones:

  • 29 Releases
  • 28 contributors and 400 Slack members
  • 1,370 Github stars

“Linkerd was built based on real world developer experiences in solving problems found when building large production systems at web scale companies like Twitter and Google,” said Chris Aniszczyk, COO of Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “It brings these expertise to the masses, allowing a greater number of companies to benefit from microservices. I’m thrilled to have Linkerd as a CNCF inception project and for them to share their knowledge of building a cloud native service mesh with scalable observability systems to the wider CNCF community.”

As CNCF’s first inception level project, under the CNCF Graduation Criteria v1.0, Linkerd will receive mentoring from the TOC, priority access to the CNCF Community Cluster, and international awareness at CNCF events like CloudNativeCon/KubeCon Europe. The CNCF Graduation Criteria was recently voted in by the TOC to provide every CNCF project an associated maturity level of either inception, incubating or graduated, which allows CNCF to review projects at different maturity levels to advance the development of cloud native technology and services.

For more on Linkerd, listen to an interview with Alex Williams of The New Stack and Morgan here, or read Morgan’s upcoming blog post on the project’s roots and why Linkerd joined CNCF.

Container Management Trends: Kubernetes moves out of testing and into production

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In conjunction with CloudNativeCon+ KubeCon (Nov 8-9, 2016), the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) conducted a survey of attendees.  More than 170 conference attendees completed the survey, with a majority of respondents (73%) coming from technology companies (vs. enterprise IT), including suppliers of cloud management technology.

The goal of the study was to understand the state of deployment of Kubernetes and other container management platforms, as well the progress of container deployment in general.

While this was the first time CNCF had taken the temperature of the container management marketplace, comparisons to other surveys, such as Google’s own Kubernetes Survey in March, 2016 and again in June 2016 highlight important trends in this space.  You can download the raw survey data here.

Cloud Management Platforms


Container Management Platforms Preferences

While both the recent CloudNativeCon + KubeCon survey and the Google surveys targeted audiences with an existing interest in Kubernetes, it’s interesting to observe changes in this segment of the container management marketplace over just the last eight months, including:

  • Growth in commitment to Kubernetes from 48% (Google survey, March) to 83% (CloudNativeCon + KubeCon survey)
  • Ongoing move away from home-grown management (Shell Scripts and CAPS) to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions (Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, Mesos, etc.)

Locus of Deployment

The CloudNativeCon + KubeCon survey also illustrates other types of maturation in container management, in particular changes in the locus of deployment on premises and cloud platforms:


Container Deployment Platforms

Highlighted trends include:

  • Incrementally growing hosting on Amazon and doubling of deployment on Google clouds in only 8 months
  • Doubling of hosting on Microsoft Azure from March to November 2016
  • A shift from ad hoc workstation container hosting to data center blades in premises-centric applications, representative of a maturing from purely experimental deployment to more serious development and even production settings (see next section).

Kubernetes Supporting Containers in Production

Definitely, the most interesting observable trend from the CloudNativeCon + KubeCon survey is the maturation of Kubernetes deployment, with both growth in respondents investing in Kubernetes for development test, and a near tripling over the last eight months of Kubernetes in production settings:


The Shift from Development/Test to Production for Kubernetes

Container Usage Volume on the Rise

Not only are more companies using containers in all stages of the product/services life-cycle, they are also using a larger fleet of containers overall, as low volume deployments (<50 units) rise by 27%, with higher volume deployments (>250 units) more than doubling.  In fact, 12% of respondents in the CloudNativeCon + KubeCon survey report deploying more than 1,000 containers, with an additional 19% fielding more than 5,000.


Growth in Container Deployment Volumes

Upcoming Events – Join Us to Learn More Kubernetes in Production

Interested in learning more about how to use Kubernetes and other cloud native technologies in production? Join us at our upcoming events – Cloud Native/Kubernetes 101 Roadshow: Pacific Northwest 2017, February 7 – February 9 – or CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe 2017.

The three-city training tour will hit Portland, Seattle and Vancouver and discuss how cloud users are implementing cloud native computing. Real-world Kubernetes use cases at Amadeus, LeShop, Produban/Santander, and FICO will be presented. These $30 training sessions are ideal for end end users, developers and students just beginning to explore how to orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architectures, instead of VMs. Registration details here.

The CNCF’s flagship CloudNativeCon + KubeCon will take place March 29-30 in Berlin. The event gathers leading technologists from multiple open source cloud native communities to further the education and advancement of cloud native computing. Discounted registration of $900 for corporations and $450 for individuals ends February 3.

Knowledge, Abilities & Skills You Will Gain at Cloud Native/Kubernetes 101 Roadshow: Pacific Northwest!

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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation is taking to the road February 7-9  in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver to offer end users, developers, students and other community members the ability to learn from experts at Red Hat, Apprenda and CNCF on how to use Kubernetes and other cloud native technologies in production. Sponsored by Intel and Tigera, the first ever Cloud Native/Kubernetes 101 Roadshow: Pacific Northwest will introduce key concepts, resources and opportunities for learning more about cloud native computing.

The CNCF roadshow series focuses on meeting with and catering to those using cloud native technologies in development, but not yet in production. Cities and locations include:

Each roadshow will be held from 2-5pm, with the full agenda including presentations from:

Dan Kohn, Executive Director, CNCF

Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.  Dan will discuss:

  • What is cloud native computing — orchestrated containers as part of a microservices architecture — and why are so many cloud users moving to it instead of virtual machines
  • An overview of the CNCF projects — Kubernetes, Prometheus, OpenTracing and Fluentd — and how we as a community are building maps through previously uncharted territory
  • A discussion of top resources for learning more, including Kubernetes the Hard Way, Kubernetes bootcamp, and CloudNativeCon/KubeCon and training and certification opportunities

Brian Gracely, Director of Product Strategy at Red Hat. Brian will discuss:

  • Real-world use of Kubernetes in production today at Amadeus, LeShop, Produban/Santander & FICO
  • Why contributing to CNCF-hosted projects should matter to you
  • How cross-community collaboration is the key to the success of the future of Cloud Native

Isaac Arias, Technology Executive, Digital Business Builder, and Passionate Entrepreneur at Apprenda. Isaac will discuss:

  • Brief history of machine abstractions: from VMs to Containers
  • Why containers are not enough: the case for container orchestration
  • From Borg to Kubernetes: the power of declarative orchestration
  • Kubernetes concepts and principles and what it takes to be Cloud Native

By the end of this event, attendees will understand how cloud users are implementing cloud native computing — orchestrated containers as part of a microservices architecture – instead of virtual machines. Real-world Kubernetes use cases at Amadeus, LeShop, Produban/Santander, and FICO will be presented. A detailed walk through of Prometheus (monitoring system), OpenTracing (tracing standard) and Fluentd (logging) projects and each level of the stack will also be provided.

Each city is limited in space, so sign up now! Use the code MEETUP50 to receive 50% off registration!

Diversity Scholarship Series: One Software Engineer’s Unexpected CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Experience

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By: Kris Nova, Platform Engineer at Datapipe

Diversity noun : the condition of having or being composed of differing elements.

As defined by Merriam-Webster, diversity indicates the presence of differing elements. Without going too data science on everyone, I suppose there is a lot of things about me that plots me outside of the predicted regression; especially for backend systems engineers who work on Kubernetes. However, there are also a lot of things that I have in common with the larger group as well. Thanks to CNCF for providing me with a fabulous scholarship to CloudNativeCon + KubeCon in Seattle, I was able to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience engaging with this larger group and experiencing our similarities and differences.

Being that I am often the only woman when I find myself in a room of software engineers, I have grown quite used to it. Unfortunately, not everyone I find myself working with is equally as used to it. To be honest, I was a bit nervous about what the trip might have in store.

The scholarship I received gave me an exciting opportunity to not only attend the conference, but to also attend one of the Kubernetes sig-cluster-lifecycle meetings in-person at the Google office in Seattle. I was happy as a clam debating over kops vs. kubeadm scope, and drinking espresso with Joe Beda and the Googlers face-to-face. My gender never once crossed my mind, which was such an unique experience the Kubernetes community gave me that morning. I wasn’t a woman in a room full of men, I was a valuable member of the community who is held just as responsible as anyone else for a careless commit to the codebase. So a big thank you to everyone in sig-cluster-lifecycle and Google Seattle who made me feel right at home and as welcomed as any other software engineer.

Open source software has always been an ideology I keep very close to my heart. In fact, open source software is what helped inspire me to come out as a lesbian in my life. To me, open source software has always represented a wonderful world of science, honesty, and learning. A world where mistakes and failure is encouraged, and growing with your peers is a foundational aspect to success. Walking around the conference the first morning before the keynotes, I experienced the same excitement and wanderlust that has always attracted me to the open source community. The hotel lobby was buzzing with activity, and everywhere I looked I could see and hear fascinating conversation around containers and evolving the Kubernetes tooling as a community.

Having gone through the ringer in a few other open source communities, it was so refreshing getting to meet the people who bring Kubernetes to life. How nice it was to not be scrutinized for my lack of neck-beard. To this day, thinking about the fact that I was able to bring home a suitcase stuffed with t-shirt’s fit for my gender is beyond exciting. Thanks Kubernetes, you guys rock!

The conference was a hit, I don’t even know where to begin. The sig-aws meeting that we were able to attend, thanks to CoreOS, was surreal. Sitting with Chris Love and Justin Santa Barbara on the floor of the hotel lobby having a very effective, yet impromptu kops planning meeting still makes me smile. I still have the original plans for running Kubernetes on AWS in a private VPC scribbled on a cocktail napkin. Getting to meet some of my new favorite people at Red Hat, Atlassian, and Google was even better. The conference changed the way I look at (my new favorite) open source community. This feeling stays with me every day when I open up emacs and start writing code for Kubernetes.

Upon coming home I hung my conference badge up in the hallway proudly. It is still there to this day. A symbol of the amazing time I had in Seattle, and a symbol of pride. The badge holds the name “Kris,” which may not mean a lot to anyone else, but to me represents success. Success in my career with Kubernetes, success of my love of learning software, and success of my gender transition from male to female. The badge is hopefully the first of many with my new name on it, and the first of many Cloud Native conferences to come.

So I guess maybe I am diverse after all. I love Kubernetes for so many reasons. After the conference, I think one of the main reasons I love the community is that I am just another committer to the code base. To be honest, I am so grateful that I can fit right in. I just want to write code and be treated like everyone else. Thanks to the Kubernetes community for the gift of being pleasantly accepted as a software engineer despite being a bit of a black sheep. It’s all I could ever ask for.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation is offering diversity scholarships at both its European and North America shows in 2017. To apply, please visit  here for Europe and here for North America.

Fluentd: Cloud Native Logging

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By Eduardo Silva, Fluentd Maintainer


When deploying applications – either for development or production purposes – there are several steps one needs to take to have a healthy environment. One such step is making sure you have logging capabilities from the application to its environment. This is mandatory if you want to perform continuous monitoring and have the ability to troubleshoot any anomaly during or after runtime.

Regardless of your environment, logging can be complex. System services and specific application logs need to be consumed different ways and the data retrieved likely comes in a variety of different formats, which presents an interest challenge. In the Cloud Native era, we see this complexity increase when deployment happens at scale. At this point having a non-generic logging tool is not enough to solve the problem. Instead a custom solution capable to integrate, understand and connect the dots between different end-points is highly recommended; that’s why Fluentd was created.

Unified Logging Layer

Fluentd allows you to implement an unified logging layer in any type of environment. It was designed with flexibility in mind, with a pluggable architecture of more than 600 extensions provided by the community, and can collect, parse, filter and deliver logs from any source to most of the well known destinations like local databases or cloud services:


Looking to the future

When the project was started in 2011 by Treasure Data, its primary goal was to solve the data collection problem. Due to its Open Source nature and quick adoption by the industry, it experienced amazing organic growth. Today, we can see Fluentd integrated in Docker and Kubernetes ecosystems and running in thousands of environments, but still there is plenty of room to grow.

From a project and technical perspective, better integration with different cloud native environments is a future goal, as well as establishing a formal and closed relationship with core teams of related projects would help Fluentd maintainers better understand their needs and align development efforts. Since openness and collaboration is part of the Fluentd DNA, the core team decided it was time to take the next big step and join a Foundation.

Fluentd joins CNCF

When the core team decided to join a Foundation, we evaluated many different options and found the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) to be a really good fit. The Foundation provides enough flexibility to let the project grow organically, but the benefit of attracting resources that would better Fluentd from a technical and community aspect.

In mid 2016, the core team started our application process with the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee (TOC). It took a few months of positive technical discussions to met the general requirements. Finally, the day before the inaugural CloudNativeCon/KubeCon (November 7th), the TOC approved and welcomed Fluentd as an official CNCF project:


Note, Fluentd is a whole ecosystem with 35 repositories including Fluentd service, plugins, language SDKs and complementary projects such as Fluent Bit (lightweight forwarder) on our Github Organization. All of them are part of CNCF now!

What’s next ?

We are committed to improving all Logging aspects of Cloud Native projects. Currently, the core Fluentd team is participating in the Kubernetes sig-instrumentation group and looking forward to an integration with Prometheus and other projects of the stack.

We expect to release Fluentd v1.0 near Q1 2017, which will bring exciting features such as an enhanced API for plugins, Windows Support and Compression/Authentication for network transfers within others.

The Fluentd community will continue to participate actively at open source events such as CloudNativeCon. We invite everyone to join us and want to hear from you! Feel free to reach us through the usual communication channels:

Thanks again and Happy Logging!

Keynotes, Lightning Talks and Additional Programming Announced for CloudNativeCon, KubeCon and PrometheusDay

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Keynoters include Box’s Sam Ghods, Comcast’s Erik St. Martin, LightStep’s Ben Sigelman, Prometheus Expert Fabian Reinartz and Kubernetes Experts Kelsey Hightower and David Aronchick

SAN FRANCISCO – October 12, 2016 – The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which is advancing the development of open source software technology that orchestrate containers of microservices, today announced keynote speakers and lightning talks for CloudNativeCon, featuring KubeCon andPrometheusDay, taking place November 8-9 in Seattle.

CloudNativeCon will bring together leading contributors in cloud native technology and computing, containers, microservices, central orchestration processing, and related projects to further industry education. Co-located with KubeCon and PrometheusDay, attendees will be able to attend a full range of technology sessions that support the cloud native ecosystem.

During PrometheusDay, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with companies that have adopted Prometheus’ open source monitoring system and time series database. From Percona to Shuttlecloud, Prometheus is helping companies scale and the project itself is quickly growing as well. PrometheusDay will bring together this active and growing community to advance their knowledge of Prometheus use with cloud native architectures.

“Today’s cloud native ecosystem is growing at an incredibly rapid pace – as new technologies are continuously introduced and current applications are ever-evolving,” said Dan Kohn, executive director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “Our new flagship event CloudNativeCon will provide a platform for educating the community on these new technologies and evolving applications. The event will bring many communities together to support the growing cloud native ecosystem.”

The schedules includes 18 keynotes, 10 lightning talks, and 6 PrometheusDay sessions with presenters from Box, Comcast, CoreOS, Google, LightStep, Weaveworks, QAware GmbH, and more. The full CloudNativeCon and PrometheusDay agenda can be viewed here; the KubeCon program can be viewedhere. Talks include:


  • “How Box Runs Containers in Production with Kubernetes,” from Box Co-founder, Sam Ghods

  • “Kubernetes: As Seen On TV,” from Comcast Systems Architect, Erik St. Martin

  • “Monitoring Kubernetes Clusters with Prometheus,” from CoreOS engineer and core Prometheus developer, Fabian Reinartz

  • “Kubernetes,” from Google Developer Advocate, Kelsey Hightower

  • “Kubernetes 1.4 and Beyond,” from Google Product Manager, David Aronchick

  • “OpenTracing and Containers: Depth, Breadth, and the Future of Tracing,” from LightStep Co-founder and OpenTracing Co-author, Ben Sigelman

Lightning Talks

  • “Netflix OSS on Kubernetes,” from Red Hat Principal Middleware Specialist/Architect, Christian Posta

  • “Micro-Services Lifecycle Management at Twitter,” from Twitter Product Manager, Micheal Benedict

  • “Realizing the Multi-Cloud Promise of Kubernetes,” from The Walt Disney Company Engineering Manager, Christopher Schwarz


  • “Monitoring MySQL and MongoDB with Prometheus,” from Percona CEO, Peter Zaitsev

  • “Prometheus Is Good for Your Small Startup,” from ShuttleCloud Software Engineer,  Ignacio P. Carretero

  • “Beyond Nagios: Modern Monitoring of Bronze-Age Applications with Prometheus,” from SoundCloud SRE/Systems Engineer, Ben Kochie

CNCF Community Award

The CNCF Community Awards honor those individuals who have made the greatest impact over the last year throughout the cloud native space. Nominations opened today, October 10 and will close on October 28. Click here to nominate the next CNCF Top Ambassador or CNCF Top Committer today!

Election Day Resources

CloudNativeCon will be held on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.  We encourage American citizens to plan ahead and register for an absentee or early vote ballot at, so that attendees can both participate in the most important cloud conference of the year and fulfill their civic responsibility.


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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 and Prometheus; 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 non-profit organization. . For more information about CNCF, please visit:


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OpenTracing Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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Today, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Technical Oversight Committee voted to accept OpenTracing as a third hosted project after Kubernetes and Prometheus. You can find more information on the project in this proposal presented to the TOC recently.

As CNCF builds out multiple paths for adopting cloud native computing, the TOC is looking to unite high quality and relevant projects into the Foundation. Started in late 2015, OpenTracing focuses on making loosely-coupled microservices easier to manage with consistent, expressive, vendor-neutral APIs for distributed tracing and context propagation.  It aligns well with CNCF’s goal to significantly increase the overall agility and maintainability of modern applications by making technology ubiquitous and easily available through reliable interfaces.

Programmers use tracing software to better understand performance, reliability, and unexpected behavior in today’s complex distributed systems. As containers and microservice use has increased, the need for a distributed tracing software specifically designed for cloud native environments (modern style architectures) has grown. The primary OpenTracing authors are Ben Sigelman, Yuri Shkuro, Adrian Cole,  Mick Semb Wever, and Dominik Honnef.

Check out the OpenTracing’s manifesto from project committer Ben Sigelman @el_bhs. If you want to stay in touch, follow @OpenTracing. And, to learn more about how “tracing puts great power in the hands of developers,” here is a great interview between Priyanka Sharma and OpenTracing contributor Dominik Honnef.

Stay tuned for a blog post from Ben, who will dive deep into the project’s roots and technical makeup. He’ll talk about why OpenTracing joined CNCF and how the tracing landscape is evolving to keep up with changes in modern application development.

Announcing “CNCF Community Awards” – Winners to be Recognized at CloudNativeCon

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CNCF Community AwardsNominations open today for the CNCF Community Awards to honor those who have made the greatest impact over the last year in the cloud native space. Within the fast-growing Kubernetes and Prometheus communities, there’s an incredible amount of talent, hard work and commitment worthy of recognition. Rising open source communities require champions to lead the charge.

So, if you know a great advocate or project contributor in the cloud native space, click here to nominate the next CNCF Top Ambassador or CNCF Top Committer today!

The CNCF Community Awards will reward the community members, developers and advocates working hardest to advance born-in-the-cloud technologies through these two awards:

  • CNCF Top Ambassador: A champion for the cloud native space, this individual helps spread awareness of the CNCF (and its incubated projects). The CNCF Ambassador leverages multiple platforms, both online as well as speaking engagements, driving interest and excitement around the project.

  • CNCF Top Committer: This will recognize excellence in technical contributions to CNCF and its incubated projects. The CNCF Top Committer has made key commits to the project and, more importantly, contributes commits that benefit the project neutrally, as a whole (versus commits that primarily benefit the committer’s employer/sponsor).