Today, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) accepted the open source specification CloudEvents into the CNCF Sandbox, a home for early stage and evolving cloud native projects.

CloudEvents, an industry initiative that members of the CNCF Serverless Working Group contribute to, provides a consistent set of metadata to make events easier to work with for publishers, middleware, subscribers, and applications. Its focus on the task of extracting the common metadata about an event allows for infrastructure to process events without the need to know or understand the remaining event data.

Companies contributing to CloudEvents include Alibaba, Google, Huawei, IBM, Iguazio, Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, SAP, VMware, and more. Microsoft recently announced support for CloudEvents natively for all events in Azure, via Azure Event Grid, following the release of version 0.1.

CloudEvents infographic

“Becoming a Sandbox project within the CNCF is a critical next step for CloudEvents. Recognition by the CNCF’s Technical Oversight Committee aligns with the market’s desire for interoperable and portable solutions,” said Doug Davis, Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM and CloudEvents co-chair. “Additionally, by formalizing our relationship with the CNCF, we hope to expand the list of potential reviewers and consumers of the specification as we strive for broad adoption.”

“The CNCF has a remarkable ability to bring people and organizations together. It is the natural fit for a specification that may drive the future of integrations,” said Austen Collins, CEO of Serverless Inc. “Together, we will accelerate the development of CloudEvents and help modern businesses reduce lock-in, maximize agility and pursue innovation.”

TOC sponsors of the project include Ken Owens and Brian Grant.

The CNCF Sandbox is a home for early stage projects, for further clarification around project maturity levels in CNCF, please visit our outlined Graduation Criteria.