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2019 CNCF Annual Report 

CNCF Staff Blog

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) annual report for 2019 is now available. The report highlights the growth of the community, events, projects, and more, over the past year.

As CNCF celebrated its fourth birthday in 2019, we achieved greater engagement through membership growth, event attendance growth, and increased end user participation. This past year was an exceptional year for CNCF. Below are some of the highlights.

Membership

We started the year with 345 members. Throughout 2019, we added 173 new members, an increase of more than 50%. Our 20 Platinum members include some of the world’s largest public cloud and enterprise software companies, including Apple, ARM, NetApp, and Palo Alto Networks. Ant Financial, Fidelity, Equinix, and Kingsoft joined as new Gold members in 2019. 

Our End User Community grew by 89% in 2019, signaling clear interest in cloud native technologies. We finished 2019 with 131 companies and startups. At present, CNCF enjoys the largest end user community of any open source foundation.

Events

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America was the world’s largest open source developer conference in 2019. The event attracted 12,000 attendees, a 2000% increase from the first KubeCon event in 2015. 

For the year, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon events attracted more than 23,000 attendees across 3 locations.

In 2019, CNCF supported more than 217 meetup groups in 53 countries, with greater than 140,000 members. In 2019, we experienced a 75% increase in CNCF meetup members.

In response to the communities’ evolving needs, CNCF also created the opportunity for participants to connect on a local level by introducing Kubernetes Community Days (KCD)

Projects

This year saw CNCF projects Fluentd, CoreDNS, containerd, Jaeger, and Vitess advanced to graduated status. This brought the total graduated projects to six. During 2019, CloudEvents, Falco, and OPA joined our 14 incubating projects. 

The TOC also accepted 12 new projects into the Sandbox. 

These are just a few highlights from the report. It also dives into training and certification, community engagement, ecosystem tools, growth in China, security audits, and much more. 

CNCF remains the fastest-growing foundation in the history of open source, and our success is directly attributable to our projects, the contributions of the developer community, our end users, and support from our member companies. 

As we look to 2020 and beyond, we remain committed to fostering and sustaining an ecosystem of open source, vendor-neutral projects, and making technology accessible for everyone. 

Thank you to our community for an incredible year, and we look forward to seeing our community at this year’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon events in Amsterdam (March 30 – April 2, 2020), Shanghai (July 28-30, 2020), and Boston (November 17-20, 2020).