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Microsoft Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation as Platinum Member

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Microsoft Azure Joins Other Cloud Leaders and CNCF Members Google, Alibaba, and IBM to Accelerate Adoption of Cloud Native Technologies

San Francisco – July 26, 2017 – T he Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture, today announced that Microsoft has joined the CNCF as a platinum member to help further enterprise adoption of cloud native technologies and practices.

“Microsoft is committed to helping organizations of all sizes achieve more, and we see cloud native technologies and open development as a way to enable this,” said Corey Sanders, Partner Director, Microsoft Corp. “We have contributed across many cloud native projects, including Kubernetes, Helm, containerd, and gRPC, and plan to expand our involvement in the future. Joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is another natural step on our open source journey, and we look forward to learning and engaging with the community on a deeper level as a CNCF member.”

Containers are quickly changing the way companies build and deploy their applications. CNCF membership is part of a series of events that mark Microsoft’s growing support for Kubernetes. Following Microsoft’s hire of Brandon Burns, a former Google engineer who co-founded Kubernetes and grew it into one of the most popular open source projects ever, the Kubernetes 1.4 release became a part of Azure Container Service (ACS) in late 2016.

More recently Microsoft deepened its container expertise with the acquisition of Deis and the release of open source project Draft, a process for developing a new application for Kubernetes. Today, in addition to Burns, another dozen Microsoft developers contribute code to Kubernetes. For enterprises hoping to leverage cloud native technologies, Microsoft’s support ensures maximum flexibility and choice to Azure users.

“We are honored to have Microsoft, widely recognized as one of the most important enterprise technology and cloud providers in the world, join CNCF as a platinum member,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “Their membership, along with other global cloud providers that also belong to CNCF, is a testament to the importance and growth of cloud native technologies. We believe Microsoft’s increasing commitment to open source infrastructure will be a significant asset to the CNCF.”

As part of Microsoft’s Platinum membership, Gabe Monroy, Lead PM for Containers on Microsoft Azure and former Deis CTO, will join CNCF’s Governing Board.

Over the past few years, Microsoft has become one of the biggest open source contributors. The company is currently a leading open source contributor on GitHub, open sourced .NET Core 1.0 and its software development kit, partnered with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10, and works with CNCF member companies like Red Hat, SUSE and others to support their solutions in its products. Microsoft became a platinum member of the Linux Foundation in 2016 and contributes to a number of other Linux Foundation projects, including Node.js Foundation, OpenDaylight, the Open Container Initiative, the R Consortium, and the Open API Initiative.

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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, Fluentd, Linkerd, Prometheus, OpenTracing, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, rkt and CNI; 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/.

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The Linux Foundation, CNCF and edX.org Announce New, Free Intro to Kubernetes Course

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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to provide students with basic knowledge of the leading container orchestration software

SAN FRANCISCO – July 10, 2017 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced its newest massive open online course (MOOC) is now available. The free course, LFS158x – Introduction to Kubernetes, is offered throughedX, the nonprofit online learning platform founded in 2012 by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is currently open for enrollment.

This is the seventh edX MOOC offered by The Linux Foundation. In total, over 850,000 students have enrolled across these free courses, which includeIntro to Linux, Intro to Cloud Infrastructure Technologies, Introduction to OpenStack, Introduction to DevOps: Transforming and Improving Operations,Introduction to Cloud Foundry and Cloud Native Software Architecture and Introduction to Apache Hadoop.

Kubernetes is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. It groups containers that make up an application into logical units for easy management and discovery. Kubernetes builds upon 15 years of experience of running production workloads at Google, combined with best-of-breed ideas and practices from the community.

LFS158x covers some of Kubernetes’ basic concepts, the architecture of the system, the problems it solves and the model that it uses to handle containerized deployments and scaling. The course offers an introduction to Kubernetes and includes technical instructions on how to deploy a stand-alone and multi-tier application. Students will learn about ConfigMaps and Secrets, and how to use Ingress.

Upon completion, developers will have a solid understanding of the origin, architecture and building blocks for Kubernetes, and will be able to begin testing the new cloud native pattern to begin the cloud native journey.

“Kubernetes is in the top 5 highest velocity open source projects and quickly gaining traction as the standard open source platform enabling deployments across public, private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director, The Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “As enterprises like Ticketmaster, Box, Ancestry.com, Wink and GolfNow adopt Kubernetes to run the most critical aspects of their businesses, it is important to provide developers training on the container orchestration platform of choice.”

LFS158x is taught by Neependra Khare, the Founder and Principal Consultant at CloudYuga Technology, which offers training and consulting services around container technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes. With more than a decade of experience in the IT industry, he has worked as a system administrator, support engineer, file system developer and performance engineer. In 2015, Khare authored a book on Docker, Docker Cookbook. In 2016, along with Chip Childers, he co-authored a course on Cloud Infrastructure Technologies on edX for The Linux Foundation. In 2017, he authored two container courses for The Linux Foundation: Containers Fundamentals and Containers for Developers and Quality Assurance.

Students in the course will learn:

  • The origin, architecture, primary components, and building blocks of Kubernetes

  • How to setup and access a Kubernetes cluster using Minikube

  • Ways to run applications on the deployed Kubernetes environment and access the deployed applications

  • Usefulness of Kubernetes communities and how to participate.

“Containers have taken the technology sector by storm, and with increasing adoption comes an expanding need for qualified individuals to manage them,” said edX CEO and MIT Professor Anant Agarwal. “We are excited to partner once again with The Linux Foundation to increase access to quality container orchestration training in a flexible way that is open to people around the world. This in-demand course will provide countless learners with the building blocks they need to launch or advance a career in this growing field.”

The course includes sixteen chapters, each with a short graded quiz at the end. A final exam is also required in order to complete the course. Students may take the complete course at no cost, or add a verified certificate of completion for $99 that they can add to their resume or LinkedIn profile to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained.

The Linux Foundation will also host a free webinar tomorrow, July 11, at 11:00am Pacific entitled ‘Getting to Know Kubernetes’, featuring Craig McLuckie of Heptio, the founder of Kubernetes.

For more information on The Linux Foundation’s training and certification programs, please visit:  http://training.linuxfoundation.org.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Alibaba Cloud Joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation as Gold Member

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Leading cloud provider joins CNCF to help connect China’s cloud computing community more closely with the growing open source foundation

BEIJING – LinuxCon + ContainerCon + CloudOpen China – June 19, 2017 – T he Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture, today announced that Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has joined the Foundation as a Gold Member to help advance cloud native adoption in global markets.

“We are thrilled to have Alibaba Cloud, an active member of the container community, become a Gold Member of CNCF,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “The company’s global presence from a cloud provider perspective will help CNCF to capitalize on the growing international market – attracting contributors from around the world and benefiting our technology project portfolio.”

Since CNCF was founded, Alibaba Cloud has been contributing code to projects under its umbrella, like Kubernetes and containerd. Now, as a Foundation member, Alibaba Cloud plans to integrate relevant CNCF projects into its own products – equipping its developers and customers worldwide with agile architecture and dynamic applications.

“Alibaba Cloud is a keen advocate for a cloud native ecosystem that promotes open source technologies and service standardization. We offer a cloud native environment that enables micro-service architecture, which is revolutionizing the way applications are deployed and managed,” said Tang Hong, Chief Architect at Alibaba Cloud. “We look forward to contributing to the CNCF community by adopting technologies developed through CNCF projects, contributing code to the projects and collaborating with fellow members.”

CNCF is a proud Gold Sponsor of LinuxCon + ContainerCon + CloudOpen China and will have a booth – located at B04 – staffed with the Foundation team and member company technologists. At the event, Kohn will present “Migrating Legacy Monoliths to Cloud Native Microservices Architectures on Kubernetes” at 11:40 am CST on Tuesday, June 20 in Room 309A.

 

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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, Fluentd, Linkerd, Prometheus, OpenTracing, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, rkt and CNI; 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/.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation Continues Industry Momentum with Four New Members

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Cloud- and container-optimized companies align with CNCF as it gears up for OpenStack Summit Boston

 BOSTON – OpenStack Summit – May 8, 2017 – T he Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture, today announced that Tencent Cloud joined the Foundation as a Gold Member, Mashape has joined as a Silver Member, and Vevo and Zalando Technology have joined as End-User Supporters to further the adoption of high-velocity cloud infrastructure projects.

“The incredible rate at which companies are turning to container technologies to achieve cloud portability is a testament to the excitement and trust building around open source technologies,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “This robust activity and adoption is fueling an entirely new market that places our members in the lead. CNCF is thrilled to welcome today’s new members and gain guidance from innumerable end users and cloud native ambassadors. It validates the value CNCF offers as a neutral home for advancing industry-proven best practices and the overall cloud native ecosystem.”

CNCF is hosting a Kubernetes Day on May 9, from 8 AM – 5 PM, as part of OpenStack’s Open Source Days. CNCF will also have a booth (C20), and Kohn will present “Migrating Legacy Monoliths to Cloud Native Microservices Architectures on Kubernetes” at 4:10 PM, Thursday, May 11 in MR 210.

About the newest gold member:

Tencent Cloud, based in Shen Zhen, is a one-stop service for enterprises seeking to adopt public, hybrid and private cloud, along with cloud-based financial services – providing integrated cloud services such as IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. It offers cutting-edge web technologies such as Cloud Image, facial recognition, big data analytics, machine learning, audio/video technology and security protection.

“Container technologies help spark new ideas and have a widespread impact on cloud computing,” said Huixing Wang, Vice President of Tencent Cloud. “In China, Tencent Cloud’s container technologies have helped a number of internet and traditional enterprises quickly build cloud native applications – making their systems componentized and compatible with microservices – to enable continuous integration and delivery (CI/ CD). Being the largest public cloud enterprise in China to provide a Kubernetes-based container platform, Tencent Cloud is proud to join the CNCF community as a Gold Member. We aim to become a new force in the community for promoting the development of cloud native applications and contributing to CNCF projects.”

 About the newest silver member:

Mashape, based in San Francisco, is the creator of Kong. With nearly 10,000 stars on Github and more than 2.5 million downloads, Kong is the most popular open-source API gateway and microservices management layer. Built on top of NGINX, a high-performance web server, Kong is designed to sit in front of highly performant APIs and microservices to protect, extend and orchestrate distributed systems.

“As we look forward to how best to deploy agnostic, API-centric cloud solutions for our customers, joining CNCF was a natural choice,” said Augusto Marietti, CEO of Mashape. “We are committed to sharing our experiences and knowledge with open source, like-minded developers and organizations – so, as Kong developers continue to embrace Microservice APIs and cloud container technologies, we’re excited to contribute to and nurture CNCF’s efforts.”

About the newest end-user supporters:

 Vevo is the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform with more than 23 billion monthly views globally. Vevo delivers a personalized and expertly curated experience for audiences to explore and discover music videos, exclusive original programming and live performances from the artists they love on mobile, web and connected TV.

 “The implementation of Kubernetes at Vevo has created a platform on which services can be quickly deployed and easily managed with limited customization, all while running with resiliency and following community-agreed standards,” said Jestin Woods, Senior Software Engineer at Vevo. “Kubernetes’ strong integration with other cloud native technologies, such as containerd and Fluentd, has allowed us to focus less on developing solutions to common distributed systems challenges, and more on our users and creating services that align will a well-structured and designed approach to running distributed systems.”

Zalando is Europe’s leading online fashion platform, with 20 million active customers in 15 countries. Its team has built most of the Zalando fashion platform in-house, using open source and cutting-edge technologies such as Java, Scala, Go, Cassandra, Clojure and React.js. Zalando works in small, agile, autonomous teams and follows deep learning principles that enable the company to produce personalized shopping experiences.

“As a leader in ecommerce, Zalando operates with an API-first approach – fostering open, cloud-based collaboration – to revolutionize how people connect with fashion,” said Eric Bowman, VP of Engineering at Zalando. “Using microservices, our teams have mitigated complexity, while building fast-paced systems in parallel and moving the technology stack forward. To serve our global customer base, we rely on dynamic cloud native applications – making CNCF a great place for Zalando to continue innovating open source tools and contribute end user insight.”

As end user supporters, Vevo and Zalando have joined other end user companies like AT&T, Box, Capital One, eBay, Goldman Sachs, NCSOFT, Ticketmaster and Twitter on the End User Technical Advisory Board (TAB). Meeting monthly, the board reviews topics of concern to end users, their current and future cloud native work, key challenges and top use cases – promoting cloud native market adoption and advising the Governing Board on how these companies are using cloud native technologies. As the annual investment is minimal, all those interested in becoming end user supporters should visit: www.cncf.io/about/end-user-community.

 

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, OpenTracing, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd and rkt; 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/.

containerd Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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Foundation fostering cross-project collaboration and growth of cloud native ecosystem

BERLIN – CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe – March 29, 2017 – T​he Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture, today announced containerd – Docker’s core container runtime – has been accepted by the Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) as an incubating project alongside projects Kubernetes, gRPC and more. Docker’s acceptance into the CNCF comes three months after Docker, with support from the five largest cloud providers, announced its intent to contribute the project to a neutral foundation in the first quarter of this year.

“It’s important for CNCF to host foundational technology for cloud native computing,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “The containerd runtime is incredibly important to the growth of the overall cloud native ecosystem and uniting it with Kubernetes and CNCF will bring huge benefits to end user solutions. Container orchestrators need community-driven container runtimes and we are excited to have containerd which is used today by everyone running Docker. Becoming a part of CNCF unlocks new opportunities for broader collaboration within the ecosystem.”

containerd (Con-tay-ner-D) has been extracted from Docker’s container platform and includes methods for transferring container images, container execution and supervision and low-level local storage, across both Linux and Windows. containerd is an essential upstream component of the Docker platform used by millions of end users and also provides the industry with an open, stable and extensible base for building non-Docker products and container solutions.

“Our decision to contribute containerd to the CNCF closely follows months of collaboration and input from thought leaders in the Docker community,” said Solomon Hykes, founder, CTO and Chief Product Officer at Docker. “Since our announcement in December, we have been progressing the design of the project with the goal of making it easily embedded into higher level systems to provide core container capabilities. Our focus has always been on solving users’ problems. By contributing containerd to an open foundation, we can accelerate the rate of innovation through cross-project collaboration – making the end user the ultimate benefactor of our joint efforts.”

The contribution of containerd aligns with Docker’s history of making key open source plumbing projects available to the community. This effort began in 2014 when the company open sourced libcontainer. Over the past two years, Docker has continued along this path by making libnetwork, notary, runC (contributed to the Open Container Initiative, which like CNCF, is part of The Linux Foundation), HyperKit, VPNKit, DataKit, SwarmKit and InfraKit available as open source projects as well.

containerd is already a key foundation for Kubernetes, as Kubernetes 1.5 runs with Docker 1.10.3 to 1.12.3. There is also strong alignment with other CNCF projects: containerd exposes an API using gRPC and exposes metrics in the Prometheus format. containerd also fully leverages the Open Container Initiative’s (OCI) runtime, image format specifications and OCI reference implementation (runC), and will pursue OCI certification when it is available.

Figure 1: containerd’s role in the Container Ecosystem

Community consensus leads to technical progress

In the past few months, the containerd team has been active implementing Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the containerd roadmap. Details about the project can be charted in the containerd weekly development reports posted in the Github project.

At the end of February, Docker hosted the containerd Summit with more than 50 members of the community from companies including Alibaba, AWS, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Rancher, Red Hat and VMware. The group gathered to learn more about containerd, get more information on containerd’s progress and discuss its design. To view the presentations, check out the containerd summit recap blog post: Deep Dive Into Containerd by Michael Crosby, Stephen Day, Derek McGowan and Mickael Laventure (Docker), Driving Containerd Operations With GRPC by Phil Estes (IBM) and Containerd and CRI by Tim Hockin (Google).

The target date to finish implementing the containerd 1.0 roadmap is June 2017. To contribute to containerd, or embed it into a container system, check out the project on GitHub. If you want to learn more about containerd progress, or discuss its design, join the team in Berlin in March at KubeCon 2017 for the containerd Salon, or Austin for DockerCon Day 4 Thursday April 20th, as the Docker Internals Summit morning session will be a containerd summit.

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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, Fluentd, Linkerd, Prometheus, OpenTracing, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, and rkt; 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/.

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Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces Dell Technologies as Platinum Member

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 {code} by Dell EMC builds on its commitment to open source, joins CNCF to accelerate adoption of cloud native environments

BERLIN – CloudNativeCon/KubeCon – March 29, 2017 – T​he Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which is sustaining and integrating environments for applications optimized for cloud operating models, today announced that Dell Technologies is now a Platinum Member. The company joins existing Platinum members Cisco, CoreOS, Docker, Fujitsu, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Mesosphere, Red Hat, Samsung SDS and Supernap in the industry effort to advance cloud native technologies.

Containers, software-based infrastructure, and microservices represent a major evolution in the way applications are deployed and managed. Under cloud native environments, applications are optimized by dynamically being managed adherent to the constraints but also benefiting from the features and services that clouds supply. The foundation ensures organizations have choice and confidence when they commit to these environments that rely on interoperability among cloud native components and services.

Dell Technologies, the largest privately-owned technology company in the world, is committed to enabling cloud native adoption through contributing open source software and integrating into cloud native environments. In 2013, the company released the software-based block and object storage platforms of ScaleIO and Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). Its open source initiative, {code} by Dell EMC, created critical open source container storage orchestration projects, REX-Ray and its heterogeneous storage library libStorage. In the container space, Dell Technologies has also contributed to several open source projects to enhance interoperability and storage capabilities for applications managed by Kubernetes, Docker, Mesos and Cloud Foundry.

“Technology is evolving faster than ever before – and it’s critical that organizations are able to build and sustain smarter applications that drive digital transformation. Open source is the key to agility in today’s environment, where environments must be able to handle rapid change and evolution driven by software,” said Josh Bernstein, VP of Technology for Dell EMC, a Dell Technologies company. “By joining CNCF, we are furthering our commitment to enabling transformation while making software open, accessible and consumable as the heart of enterprise IT strategy.”

“Dell EMC has a long and proven track record making storage technologies available to modern and open source infrastructure,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the CNCF. “The {code} team has been working hard to integrate storage into application platforms to pave way for increased enterprise adoption. We are pleased to welcome them as our newest Platinum member, and look forward to them taking on a bigger role shaping the cloud native landscape.”

As part of Dell Technologies’ Platinum membership, Bernstein will join CNCF’s Governing Board. This membership underscores Dell Technologies’ belief that supporting applications in new ways relies on transformation across the full range of its product portfolio. Cloud-native computing is a widely-applicable concept that spans the entire portfolio of Dell Technologies, including Dell EMC.

“Dell has been active in a variety of CNCF project communities, including presenting to the CNCF TOC on container storage initiatives including libStorage,” said Chris Aniszczyk, COO of the CNCF. “Furthermore, they are involved in the Kubernetes Storage SIG, working closely with the community to solve many challenges of external storage functionality within Kubernetes. We are looking forward to working with Dell within our Storage and Networking Working Groups, as well as many other initiatives.”

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, OpenTracing and gRPC; 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/.

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Cloud Native Computing Foundation Kicks Off Berlin Event with Five New International Members

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HarmonyCloud, QAware, Solinea, SUSE and TenxCloud Align with Foundation to Further Cloud Native Ecosystem During Sold Out CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe

BERLIN – CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe – March 29, 2017 – T​he Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture, today announced that Hangzhou HarmonyCloud Technology LTD, QAware, Solinea, SUSE and TenxCloud have joined the Foundation as its newest members. These new members will join the 1,500 cloud native developers, users and experts in Berlin for CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe.

Based in U.S, China and Europe, the new members represent fast-growing regions for cloud native activity and are committed to investing in, contributing to and sponsoring the development of applications based on microservices, containerization and dynamic orchestration.

“The cloud native movement is increasingly spreading to all parts of the world, which is on display this week at our flagship event in Berlin,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “We’re excited to welcome new members from Europe and Asia and showcase some of the most prolific cloud native developers and users in the world at CloudNativeCon/KubeCon. As we gain more international members, CNCF is able to have a broader, deeper impact on the future of the cloud native ecosystem.”

About the newest gold member:

 SUSE, headquartered in Germany, is a pioneer in open source software working to facilitate applications and developers as it provides reliable, interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. Twenty-five years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help SUSE’s customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. SUSE provides customers a holistic approach to orchestration and management by providing Kubernetes-as-a-Service capabilities in SUSE OpenStack Cloud 7, a Kubernetes-integrated container OS delivered with SUSE Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) Platform, and the convergence of CaaS and PaaS with the soon-to-be-released SUSE solution based on Cloud Foundry with Kubernetes as a key component.

“Modern business is moving to the software-defined data center to optimize mission-critical availability and quickly deliver new services,” said Thomas Di Giacomo, CTO at SUSE. “SUSE solutions enable innovative open source technologies that are hardened for software-defined infrastructure-based enterprise operations, backed by outstanding support. This move toward software-defined infrastructure includes a growing emphasis on container and cloud technologies, and CNCF has become the natural home for many of the leading open source projects that will enable the software-defined data center of the future. This the ideal time for SUSE to join the CNCF community as a gold member, as SUSE is focused on providing customers with a holistic approach to orchestration and management.”

 About the newest silver members:

HarmonyCloud, based in Hangzhou, is a container-based cloud platform provider focused on building enterprise PaaS platforms on open source projects like Kubernetes. The company provides enterprise clients with enhanced features on runtime security, networking and storage, and enabling microservice-based applications, distributed tracing and automated CI/CD.
“The core HarmonyCloud team, which is from SEL Lab Zhejiang University, has made great contributions to Kubernetes and the cloud native space,” said Aoyu Wang, CEO of HarmonyCloud. “We’ve used our knowledge and expertise to automate and optimize the deployment of cloud applications based on container technologies, and this makes CNCF membership a perfect fit for us. We look forward to making continued contributions to the container-based technologies fostered and incubated by CNCF.”

QAware, based in Germany, is an independent software manufacturer and consultancy – analyzing, renovating, developing and implementing software systems and cloud native applications for customers whose success heavily depends on IT. These applications provide enterprises with a decisive advantage, as they make processes and products possible that were previously unimaginable.

“Building cloud native applications is a revolutionary way of making systems possible that were previously unimaginable,” said Josef Adersberger, CTO at QAware. “We love to share our experience, drive discussions with other cloud native experts and contribute to leading open source technology, which is why we are very happy to join forces with the CNCF.”

Solinea, headquartered in San Francisco, is the leading professional services partner that accelerates enterprise cloud adoption. The company works with enterprises and service providers to help them achieve their agile, secure and transformational objectives by developing multi and hybrid cloud adoption strategies, driving cloud native enablement through the integration of containers and microservices, and accelerating application delivery to the cloud through innovative DevOps solutions.

“Partnering with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is the right decision as we look ahead at how best to architect and deploy open, vendor-agnostic cloud solutions for our current and future clients,” says Francesco Paola, CEO of Solinea. “As we work with leading global enterprises and service providers to architect and deploy cloud, container and microservices solutions at scale, to drive agility into the organization, it is important for us to work with an exceptional team that understand our clients’ needs. CNCF is the right choice.”

TenxCloud, based in Beijing, is an innovation-driven cloud computing company founded in 2014. It is the first Kubernetes-based enterprise-class container cloud platform in China. The platform provides application-centric container cloud products and solutions that cover lightweight container virtualization, microservices, DevOps, continuous delivery and more.

“At the end of 2015, TenxCloud released China’s first enterprise-based container cloud platform based on the open source project Kubernetes, we want to help enterprises to achieve rapid delivery of business applications and continuous innovation,” said Jerry Huang, CEO of TenxCloud. “The development of TenxCloud benefits from the open source community, so it’s our pleasure to promote the development of container technology and we look forward to making contributions to CNCF’s projects.”

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, OpenTracing, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, and rkt; 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/.

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Cloud Native Computing Foundation Becomes Home To Pod-Native Container Engine Project rkt

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Container execution solutions to benefit from Foundation fostering community building and interoperability in cloud-native computing technology

BERLIN – CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe – March 29, 2017 – T​he Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture, today announced that rkt, a project proposed by CoreOS, has been accepted by the Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) as an incubating project. As an application container engine developed for modern production cloud-native environments, rkt (pronounced “rocket”) is used to run applications packaged as container images on servers in production systems.

“It is important for CNCF to be a good home for container/orchestrator-friendly data-processing platforms and adding rkt to our project portfolio is another big milestone for the CNCF,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “Kubernetes and other container orchestrators benefit from reliable, community-driven container runtimes, like rkt. Having a container runtime engine such as rkt, along with container cluster managing system Kubernetes under a single foundation umbrella will bring huge benefits for providing solid end-user solutions to the industry.”

A pillar of cloud native computing is packaging applications as container images and distributing those images to servers. On the server, a container engine then downloads the image, verifies the image integrity, and executes the container process. Ideally, the container engine does this in the simplest possible manner while meeting the expectations of the production cloud native user. The rkt tool is laser-focused on solving these problems and is integrated with various orchestration systems including Kubernetes, Mesos, Nomad, and many organizations’ bespoke systems.

“Container execution is a core part of cloud native and it has been the mission of the rkt team and project to create a simple, composable, and production-ready container engine for the ecosystem,” said Jonathan Boulle, rkt project co-founder, CNCF TOC representative, and head of containers and Berlin site lead at CoreOS. “With CNCF becoming the neutral, respected home for rkt, the project will benefit from community building and engagement, and fostering interoperability with Kubernetes, OCI, containerd and other future projects.”

Since its introduction by CoreOS in December 2014, the rkt project has greatly matured with 178 contributors, 6,833 GitHub stars and 5,182 commits and is widely used in the industry, by companies like Xoom and BlaBlaCar. Packages of rkt are available for many popular Linux distributions including Arch, CentOS, CoreOS Container Linux, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, NixOS, openSUSE, Ubuntu, and Void. rkt also plays a central role in how CoreOS Container Linux runs Kubernetes.

Pod-Native Container Engine

The rkt project has contributed indirectly to the creation of several important new APIs, specifications, and discussions in the container ecosystem. appc, the specification rkt is based off, was donated to the Open Container Initiative (OCI) at its founding in order to create the OCI image specification. Container Network Interface (CNI), the container network plugin system used by Mesos, Kubernetes, rkt, and others, comes directly from the initial rkt plugin system and has become a multi-organization and industry-wide effort. The rkt project was also a catalyst for the Kubernetes Container Runtime Interface (CRI) and is available for use via the CRI.

Notable Milestones:

  • 178 contributors
  • 5,182 commits
  • 59 releases with 2 branches and 667 forks
  • 6,833 GitHub stars

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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, Fluentd, Linkerd, Prometheus, OpenTracing, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, and rkt; 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/.

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Cloud Native Computing Foundation Makes Kubernetes Certified Administrator Exam Curriculum Freely Available

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Curriculum Blueprint Allows Training Providers To Get Jump Start on Certified Kubernetes Administrator Exam Preparations

BERLIN – CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe – March 29, 2017 – T​he Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture, today announced the Kubernetes Certified Administrator Exam Curriculum is now freely available.

Available under the Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 International license, the document provides the curriculum outline of the knowledge, skills and abilities that a Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) can be expected to demonstrate. By offering insights into subject domains and their percent weight on the exam, Kubernetes training providers can use the document to help shape their own curriculum and programs to better prepare for the exam. A Certified Kubernetes Administrator will be expected to work proficiently to design, install, configure, and manage a Kubernetes production-grade cluster.

“The ecosystem of training providers and consultants interested in offering Kubernetes expertise is rapidly growing as cloud native computing adoption soars,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “By making the curriculum outline available now companies in the Kubernetes training ecosystem are able to get a jump start on their CKA exam preparations. Being able to assess this several months in advance of exam availability will be extremely beneficial to the training ecosystem.”

Kubernetes Certified Administrator Exam Curriculum v 0.9 is available at https://github.com/cncf/curriculum.

In November, CNCF announced a training, certification and Kubernetes Managed Service Provider (KMSP) program. Since then, a team of Kubernetes experts representing nine different companies including Apprenda, Canonical, CoreOS, Google, Huawei, and Samsung SDS, among others, has been working on defining an online, proctored certification program. The CKA exam, which will be run by The Linux Foundation for CNCF, is expected to be available this summer.

While many enterprises have successfully deployed Kubernetes based on the publicly available documentation and support available from the large and growing Kubernetes community, CNCF’s KMSP program and training course enable enterprises that want additional support to be confident that they are working with Kubernetes experts.

This April the self-paced Kubernetes Fundamentals LFS258 course, which provides Linux administrators and software developers who are starting to work with containers the key principles behind managing containerized applications in production, will be expanded so that the course content matches the CKA exam scope.

Additionally, a new free Try Before You Buy: Kubernetes Fundamentals (LFS258) ebook sample of the course materials is now available. It gives a high-level overview of what Kubernetes is and the challenges it solves and dives deep into the system architecture.

Volunteers to help with beta testing the exam this May are needed. Interested developers and Kubernetes experts should subscribe to the Kubernetes Certification Working Group list: https://lists.cncf.io/mailman/listinfo/cncf-kubernetescertwg.

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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, Fluentd, Linkerd, Prometheus, OpenTracing, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, and rkt; 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/.

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Cloud Native Computing Foundation Continues Efforts to Drive Cloud Native Adoption with Application-Focused New Members

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Foundation to exhibit during anticipated Google Cloud Next event

 SAN FRANCISCO – Google Cloud Next – March 7, 2017 – T​he Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture, today announced that Bitnami and Kinvolk have joined the Foundation as Silver Members to encourage dynamically scalable cloud native application development for the benefit of both enterprise and end-user customers. In addition, Box has joined as an end user supporter. The CNCF Google Cloud Next booth, staffed with the Foundation team and member company technologists, will be located Moscone Center West Booth D1.

Join CNCF and the #SFK8s Meetup for a panel on Cloud Native Computing at Google Launchpad (301 Howard, San Francisco) on March 9 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Speakers will plan to discuss Kubernetes, Fluentd, Linkerd and Prometheus during a Q&A with leaders from each project. Please RSVP here.

These new members – which have each implemented or contributed to one of today’s most innovative cloud native applications – solidify the growing prominence of the cloud native ecosystem and its impact on modern enterprise infrastructures.

“Today’s cloud native technologies empower developers to create resilient and dynamically scalable applications like never before,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “We’re thrilled to be working with Bitnami, Box and Kinvolk to improve developer engagement with our growing list of technology projects.”

The companies join CNCF’s member network of more than 70 cloud native stewards, many of whom will attend CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe in Berlin on March 29-30.

About the newest silver members:

Bitnami is a leading provider of ready-to-run server applications and automation for the software supply chain. With over one million deployments each month, Bitnami-packaged open source applications for the cloud provide a consistent, secure and up-to-date optimized experience – for both developers and end users – on any platform.

“Building upon our investments in the cloud native and open container space – including contributions to Kubernetes-related projects such as Helm and Monocular and creating development environment containers for the Eclipse Che project – Bitnami is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Skippbox,” said Erica Bescia, COO of Bitnami. “Bitnami’s mission to simplify the deployment of cloud- and container-optimized applications makes CNCF membership a perfect fit for us.”

 Kinvolk is a Berlin-based development company focused on building, and building upon, the open-source software projects making up the foundation of modern Linux systems. Kinvolk works with clients to build some of the most challenging and cutting-edge cloud infrastructure projects in the industry. If a project is pushing the boundaries of what Linux can do, that’s when Kinvolk can help most.

“The shift to cloud native and microservice-based applications has been a driver of innovation for projects at the core of modern Linux systems, where Kinvolk focuses its efforts,” said Chris Kühl, CEO and co-founder of Kinvolk. “We’ve used our expertise in user-space and systemd to help build rkt, the container runtime from CoreOS, and our knowledge of Linux internals and ebpf to gather system metrics more efficiently and reliably in Weave Scope, the monitoring and visualization tool from Weaveworks. At Kinvolk, we look forward to continuing to help build innovative Linux technologies that cloud native computing is driving.”

About the newest end user supporters:

Box is a leader in cloud content management. The company enables businesses to revolutionize how they work by securely connecting their people, information and applications. Founded in 2005, Box today powers more than 71,000 businesses globally, including AstraZeneca, General Electric, P&G and The GAP.

“As an early adopter of Kubernetes, we’re happy to share our expertise and learnings with both the CNCF TOC and end users going into production,” said Sam Ghods, co-founder of Box. “Box is using Kubernetes with great results and we are exploring other cloud native technologies to empower developers to run their infrastructure in the cloud and balance request traffic in real-time across applications.”

As an end user supporter, Box has joined other end user companies like Goldman Sachs, eBay, Capital One, Ticketmaster, AT&T and NCSOFT on the End User Technical Advisory Board (TAB). For additional information on end user memberships, end user supporters and the End User TAB, please visit: www.cncf.io/about/end-user-community.

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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, Fluentd, Linkerd, Prometheus, OpenTracing and gRPC; 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/.

 

 

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