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How Linkerd is Apester’s ‘Safety Net’ Against Cascading Failure from Forgotten Timeouts

By | Blog

Next time you get sucked into a quiz or poll on a media site like The Telegraph or Time, you can thank Apester⁠’s drag-and-drop interactive content platform⁠—and its usage of cloud native technologies like Linkerd. With a microservice architecture and several programming languages in use, Apester adopted Linkerd’s service mesh for visibility and a common metric system. Linkerd ended up solving a major pain point for the company, which deals with more than 20 billion requests per month: outages caused by developers’ forgetting to set timeouts on service-to-service requests. With Linkerd, there have been no outages for six months (and counting), and MTTR has been shortened by a factor of 2. Read more about Apester’s cloud native journey in the full case study.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation Reaches 100 End User Community Members

By | Announcement

Community reaches significant milestone as cloud native adoption continues to grow

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – August 14, 2019 – The Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), which sustains and integrates open source technologies like Kubernetes® and Prometheus™, today announced that its End User Community has grown to 100 members. The CNCF End User Community consists of enterprises and startups that are committed to accelerating the adoption of cloud native technologies and improving the deployment experience.

According to IDC, by 2022, 90 percent of all apps will feature microservices architectures that improve the ability to leverage third-party code and 35 percent of all production apps will be cloud native. As cloud native computing is reaching an inflection point, it’s more important than ever for developers and organizations to collaborate, sharing best practices for implementation and building new technologies based on lessons learned.

“The End User Community is a crucial pillar of CNCF, providing feedback on projects, suggesting new projects, and ensuring the community remains vendor neutral,” said Cheryl Hung, Director of Ecosystem at Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “We are hugely grateful for these member organizations and their commitment to the cloud native community, and look forward to continued growth in both the development and use of cloud native technologies.”

Any organization that uses cloud native technologies internally, but does not sell cloud native services externally, is eligible to join the End User Community as a supporter or member. CNCF helps these end user members navigate the cloud native ecosystem, ensures their voices are well represented, and assists them in successfully adopting cloud native. 

“In serving as the liaison between CNCF’s End User Community and the Technical Oversight Committee (TOC), I’m able to experience first-hand the benefits for these companies, the CNCF community, and anyone using cloud native technologies,” says Jeff Brewer, Vice President, Chief Architect of the Small Business and Self Employed Group at Intuit and End User member on the TOC. “It’s exciting to be a part of the TOC that helps to influence and define the future direction for CNCF and its projects. And it’s important that the companies using these projects in the field can provide feedback and have a seat at the decision-making table.”

End User companies including Apple, CapitalOne, MUFG, Salesforce, The New York Times and many others will come together at CNCF’s flagship event, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2019 from November 18-21 in San Diego, California, as the community gathers for four days to further the education and advancement of cloud native computing.

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About Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Cloud native computing empowers organizations to build and run scalable applications with an open source software stack in public, private, and hybrid clouds. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosts critical components of the global technology infrastructure, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy. CNCF brings together the industry’s top developers, end users, and vendors, and runs the largest open source developer conferences in the world. Supported by more than 450 members, including the world’s largest cloud computing and software companies, as well as over 200 innovative startups, CNCF is part of the nonprofit Linux Foundation. For more information, please visit


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2019 CNCF Cloud Native Survey Call to Participate

By | Blog

It’s time for the CNCF Cloud Native Survey!

The goal of this survey, which will be issued in advance of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America (November 18-21, 2019), is to understand the state of Kubernetes, container, and serverless adoption and use in the cloud native space.

This is the 7th time we have taken the temperature of the infrastructure software marketplace to better understand the adoption of cloud native technologies. We will collect and share insights on:

  • The production usage of CNCF-hosted projects
  • The changing landscape of application development
  • How companies are managing their software development cycles
  • Cloud native in production and the benefits
  • Challenges in using and deploying containers

With this survey, we’ve added new questions on service mesh, service proxy, and CI/CD to better understand the current state of adoption of specific tools. For those answers, as well as cloud native storage, Kubernetes implementations, and serverless, we matched the options to those listed in the CNCF cloud native landscape. The results will be compiled into a report and both that and the anonymized raw data will be shared to highlight the new and changing trends we’re seeing across industries.

You can see the results of the earlier surveys.

In appreciation for your time, respondents will be entered into a drawing to receive one of three $200 Amazon Gift Card prizes. But, more importantly, your views and insights are needed to provide these valuable results to the community. Please fill out the survey by August 30 for a chance to share your experience with cloud native technology and maybe win a prize!