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Getting to Know Todd Moore, CNCF’s New Governing Board Chair

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1)    What does the CNCF Governing Board do and what is your role as chair?  

The CNCF is a result of a shared vision by many of us in the cloud community.  It was created to develop a common path and understanding for how the next generation of cloud native applications should be developed and to develop the necessary  infrastructure. We realized that collaborating on the plumbing would be the fastest path to building a level playing field and a vibrant ecosystem. We seek to find and cooperate with related open ecosystem communities to support projects and cooperate to advance the state of the art. Many projects are tailored to fit the era of cloud computing, and solve a range of needs from private clouds to  hyper-scale capabilities.  The three key attributes of the CNCF approach are: 1). Container packaged, 2.) Dynamically managed, and 3). Micro-services oriented. The role of the CNCF Governing Board is to provide overall stewardship of the many projects that will comprise the initiative, foster the growth and evolution of the ecosystem, and ensure the initiative serves to benefit the community by maintaining an open, level ‘playing field’ for everyone.

Check out the  wide list of companies who have joined, and you will quickly see that the CNCF has been able to draw an impressive list of entities big and small (see member list here: https://www.cncf.io/about/members). As the Governing Board Chair, one of my important responsibilities is to ensure the fair and efficient operation of the Board, so that all members have the opportunity to collaborate effectively/gain value from their involvement – regardless of their size/scope.  

2)    Why did you want to become chair?

Having worked closely with former Governing Board Chair Craig McLuckie in the formation of the CNCF, and in the handling of the formation, I had an insider perspective on our membership’s needs and a sense of responsibility to the organization. I have 17 years of experience working with open source communities and have worked to both form, grow and support them over many years.  As a board member for the Node.js Foundation and OpenStack Foundation, I have been an active member of these organizations and have a record of bringing folks together to work for the common good.  Recently, I handed over my board seat with the OpenStack Foundation, so I could focus my time on CNCF. I am excited for the chance to serve the CNCF community and the GB, as we grow the CNCF to be the premiere organization charting the course for Cloud Native development.

3)    What is your vision for CNCF in 2017?

Simply put, diversity in projects, continued growth of memberships, and a focus on the user community.  The Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) is working with a number of exciting technologies for inclusion. We now have an incubation process with set Graduation Criteria and the user base is growing and seeking to comment on the technologies we shepard. We need to engage even more participants to build out a complete ecosystem with change and growth guided by our users.  

4)    Are you involved in any other Linux Foundation projects or open community Foundations? If so, which ones and why?

As I stated above, I am a board member of the Node.js Foundation.  I helped form this organization and played a role in healing the split in the community.  I work in the Node.js community because I believe in the technology and am inspired by the phenomenal growth.  We have created a blend of stability and experimental edge that keeps the community moving and it is just plain fun to watch it grow.

There is a long list of projects that I have helped to bring to the Linux Foundation.  These include Hyperledger, Cloud Foundry, ODPi, JanusGraph, Node.js, and JS Foundation to name a few.  There are others I am sure to come.  The LF has shown itself to be a supportive well run home for projects with an excellent staff.  That is what keeps me coming back.

5)    You are the Vice President of Open Technology at IBM. Please tell us more about IBM’s focus on open communities and open source.

For many years, IBM has been recognized as a leader in open technology, from its early work with Linux, Apache and eClipse to its current work across all layers of the cloud and application development.  You can find IBM old vnet ids used in some of the earliest open source projects.

IBM has a long history of working in open technology. In fact, in many ways, IBM is largely responsible for the open source movement’s success. IBM’s strong early support for Linux brought about a change in posture toward open source for many enterprises.  The commitment of funds and IP showed others that they should take open source seriously.  

We have worked hard over the years to establish a solid and respected reputation in open source circles, and especially in those communities where we invest strategically. One thing IBM has learned through all of this is that those communities that strive for inclusiveness and open governance tend to attract the largest ecosystems and create the most expansive markets.

IBM knows that a “rising tide floats all boats”. It isn’t enough that IBM succeeds—we need to ensure that many can succeed to ensure a vibrant ecosystem. This reduces the risk that comes with embracing open source for ourselves and, more importantly, our users.

Today, IBM’s work in open technology continues in the cloud. We still work with Apache, Eclipse and Linux on multiple projects, and IBM is recognized as a leader in the OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Node.js, Docker, Hyperledger and OpenWhisk communities, among many others.  With 62,000 engineers certified to participate in open source, we are all in on open source.

6)    CloudNativeCon + KubeCon North America 2017 is coming to Austin, TX in December. As an Austin resident, what are your recommendations for restaurants while attendees are in town?

When you come to Austin for CloudNativeCon + KubeCon North America, two things you can’t miss are tacos and brisket!  A couple of my favorites are Torchy’s and Taco Deli.  For brisket, Franklin BBQ is the best, but the wait can be more than a couple hours–so, other good options would be Coopers on Congress Ave and Lambert’s on 2nd street.  For some Mexican food, La Condesa also in the 2nd street district and Guero’s on South Congress (SoCo) are really good.  Austin also has some of the best ramen in the country, Ramen Tatsu-Ya on South Lamar combined with drinks next door at BackBeat are a great combo.  Some of my other favorites are Fixe on West 5th street for some very tasty fried chicken and if you’re in the mood for Indian food, G’raj Mahal on Rainey street is a great option to combine with an evening of drinks and music in that neighborhood.  

Vegan Friendly restaurants include: True Food Kitchen, Counter Culture, Blue Dahlia, G’raj Mahal, Bouldin Creek Cafe are also good choices. For breakfast, Magnolia Cafe (must get the pancakes), Counter Cafe and 24 Diner are great options.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces 11 New Members At Annual Open Source Leadership Summit

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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/about/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.”

Additional Resources

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://cncf.io/.

ADT Mag: “After Corporate Failure, Open Source RethinkDB Lives On Under The Linux Foundation”

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When his company that backed the open source NoSQL RethinkDB project failed commercially last October, co-founder Slava Akhmechet said: “We’re brainstorming together how to transition RethinkDB to a self-sustaining open source project … if there is a way for RethinkDB to live on, we’ll find it!”

They found it.

Today the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced it had purchased RethinkDB’s source code and donated it to CNCF’s parent organization, The Linux Foundation, where it will live on under an Apache license. READ MORE.

TechCrunch: “The Cloud Native Compute Foundation acquires RethinkDB’s source code”

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Here’s some unusual news: the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) today announced that it has acquired the RethinkDB copyright and assets, including its code, and contributed it to The Linux Foundation. RethinkDB, which had raised about $12.2 million in venture capital for its open-source database, went out of business in October 2016. The CNCF says it paid $25,000 to complete this transaction. The code will now be available under the Apache license. READ MORE.

Enterprise Apps Today: “Linux Foundation Takes Ownership of RethinkDB Code”

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Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced on Feb. 6 that it paid $25,000 to acquire all of the RethinkDB code, copyrights and assets. The CNCF then re-licensed all the code under the Apache Software License version two, which does not have the same strict requirement for code contributions. CNCF has subsequently contributed the code to the Linux Foundation. CNCF itself is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. READ MORE.

Server Watch: “Linkerd Project Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation”

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The Linux Foundation’s Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is expanding its roster of hosted projects today with the inclusion of the open-source Linkerd service mesh project.

The CNCF got started in July 2015 with the Kubernetes container management platform as its first project. CNCF has since expanded by adding the Prometheus monitoring project in May 2016 and the OpenTracing project in October 2016. READ MORE.