Google often gives its software away for free. It has long believed in open source software.
But last week, the company took this idea to the next level. It gave away all rights to Kubernetes, a cloud computing system originally designed by Google engineers, asking a non-profit to manage its development. It didn’t just share some software code with the world. It agreed to let an independent party oversee the development of the code.
Two months ago, “Cloud Native” was something of a new term, adopted most visibly by the Cloud Foundry project; a term both aspirational and unburdened by legacy at the same time. As of this week at OSCON, it’s a statement, borderline manifesto. As if it wasn’t enough that Google and a host of others adopted the term as well, it now has its own open source foundation – the imaginatively titled Cloud Native Computing Foundation. In the wake of its relatively sudden emergence, the obvious questions are first what is cloud native, and second what does it mean for the industry?
At Box, we’re building out a platform that enables enterprises to become more digital. This means enabling life sciences organizations to collaborate on drug research, empowering financial institutions to accept and process loans without ever printing a piece of paper, and working with government institutions to dramatically speed up processes to drive better outcomes.
The Linux Foundation is teaming up with 18 technology giants and IT organizations to create the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, an initiative that’s hoping to make it easier for businesses to build and deploy containerized cloud applications oriented around microservices.
A mere month after Docker and other companies formed the Open Container Project, which placed their software-containerization concepts under the control of the Linux Foundation, another major initiative involving containers is taking off — and many of the same people are in the driver’s seat and riding along.
Open-source communities seem to do a better job than standards committees in creating new software that sticks to a common plan. In the latest example, The Linux Foundation, is once more fostering a new group: The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The CNCF, building on the newly laid foundation of Kubernetes 1.0, will seek to bring unification and creativity to cloud native applications and services.
It’s a great time to be an application developer, and it just keeps getting better. Today, a consortium of companies led by Google announced the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), and Mesosphere is a founding Platinum member. We have been involved in the foundation since its conception, and we plan to remain very involved in what could become an exceptionally important open source community.
Kubernetes, the container management solution originally open sourced by Google GOOGL +1.04%, is deemed ready for mainstream use as it reaches version 1 today. Alongside this software versioning milestone, Google is joining a host of familiar names in a new Cloud Native Computing Foundation, under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. Google is gifting Kubernetes to the new Foundation, which some will see (rightly) as a useful base upon which to build, and which others will see (also, perhaps, rightly) as a way to ensure that the new Foundation’s work is Googley from the outset. Other partners in this new endeavor include container hotshots like Docker, CoreOS, Joyent and others. Will the new Foundation lead to a meeting of minds, or is it just another forum in which they can sling mud?
No fewer than 22 companies are coming together today to establish the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a standards body that will provide shared governance for tools that companies can use when deploying applications in Linux containers – an alternative to longstanding virtual-machine technology.
Kubernetes, the open-source container management tool Google launched last February, hit version 1.0 today. With this update, Google now considers Kubernetes ready for production. What’s more important, though, Google is also ceding control over Kubernetes and is donating it to a newly formed foundation – the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) that will be run by the Linux Foundation. Other partners in the new foundation include AT&T, Box, Cisco, Cloud Foundry Foundation, CoreOS, Cycle Computing, Docker, eBay, Goldman Sachs, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Kismatic, Mesosphere, Red Hat, Switch SUPERNAP, Twitter, Univa, VMware and Weaveworks.