Project Services and Maturity Levels

Graduated

Kubernetes

Orchestration

     
DevStats       

Prometheus

Monitoring

     
DevStats      

Envoy

Service Proxy

   

Incubating

OpenTracing

Distributed Tracing API

      
      

Fluentd

Logging

     
   

gRPC

Remote Procedure Call

      
   

containerd

Container Runtime

     
      

rkt

Container Runtime

         

CNI

Networking API

   

Jaeger

Distributed Tracing

    

Notary

Security

 

TUF

Software Update Spec

  

Vitess

Storage

     
 

CoreDNS

Service Discovery

     
   

NATS

Messaging

     
 

Linkerd

Service Mesh

     
     

Helm

Package Management

   

Rook

Storage

      

Harbor

Registry

     

etcd

Key/Value Store

   

Sandbox

The CNCF Sandbox is the entry point for early stage projects.

Maturity Levels

CNCF projects have a maturity level of sandbox, incubating, or graduated which corresponds to the Innovators, Early Adopters, and Early Majority tiers of the Crossing the Chasm diagram. The maturity level is a signal by CNCF as to what sorts of enterprises should be adopting different projects. Projects increase their maturity by demonstrating their sustainability to CNCF’s Technical Oversight Committee that they have adoption, a healthy rate of changes, committers from multiple organizations, have adopted the CNCF Code of Conduct, and have achieved and maintained the Core Infrastructure Initiative Best Practices Badge. Full details are in the Graduation Criteria v1.1.

Graduation Criteria

CNCF projects can be at sandbox, incubating or graduated stage. View the CNCF graduation criteria and the current status of each project.

Services for CNCF Projects

In a world where GitHub use is ubiquitous, it is no longer sufficient for a software foundation to offer just a software repo, mailing list, and website. An enhanced set of services is required as it facilitates increased adoption. The list below represents each of the services that we provide to any project. Host your project with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) because of the following:

Foundation

  • A neutral home for your project increases the willingness of developers from other enterprise software companies, start-ups and independent developers to collaborate, contribute, and become committers
  • Endorsement by members of the CNCF’s Technical Oversight Committee is an independent signal of the quality of your project
  • Existing committers still control your project, and we just ask that you document a neutral governance process
  • Tens of thousands of dollars per year to improve project documentation
  • We’ll fund tools such as LastPass and PagerDuty to use for your project community

Program Management

  • Leverage the expertise of its parent organization, The Linux Foundation, which hosts other successful projects including Hyperledger, ONAP, the Linux kernel, Let’s Encrypt, and Node.js. For example, CNCF arranged a collaboration between Kubernetes developers and Linux Foundation fellow and stable kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman to discuss high-velocity software development techniques
  • Access to full-time CNCF staff who are eager to assist your project in myriad ways and help make it successful
  • Participate in the CNCF cross-project, cross-cloud continuous integration program

Event Management

  • Events are a part of CNCF’s core strategy and they help your project build a community with face-to-face interaction and knowledge sharing
  • Host 2 maintainer sessions (an intro and deep dive)  for your project at our KubeCon + CloudNativeCon events with our world-class events team, bringing together vendors, developers and end users. Submissions to our call for proposals (CFP) process are also encouraged to discuss use of your project. We host this event every year in Europe, China, and North America.
  • Run events targeted specifically for your project (like PromCon or EnvoyCon)
  • Travel funding available for your non-corporate-backed developers and to increase  attendance of women and other underrepresented minorities
  • Connect to our worldwide network of CNCF meetup groups and ambassadors to raise awareness of your project
  • CNCF engages with the events of its parent, the Linux Foundation, which are called Open Source Summits (OSS) and held every year in North America, Europe, Japan, and China, as well as the invitation-only Open Source Leadership Summit
  • CNCF assists with sponsorship leads, media introductions, co-location opportunities and marketing of the event
  • CNCF sponsors over 30 third-party cloud events each year including, OSCON, Google Next, AWS Reinvent, DockerCon, Microsoft Build, Alibaba Cloud Conference and more
  • We promote all CNCF projects and help connect users and developers to our projects
  • Project contributors are welcome to use our booth as a “home base” for meeting colleagues

Marketing Services and Programs

CNCF provides a full portfolio of marketing services to support community and ecosystem engagement. This includes:

Marketing Communications

  • Generate positive media and analyst coverage to create greater awareness of project milestones, community growth, and developer engagement
  • Promote project news and milestones through other channels: journalists, analysts, and news releases/blogs
  • Identify top publications/podcasts (Bloomberg, Changelog, eWeek, Fortune, Forbes, InfoWorld, The New Stack, etc.) and develop plans to earn coverage through contributed articles, quotes, interviews, and news pick-up
  • Develop thought leadership reports, surveys, success stories, and case studies (print and video)
  • Manage social media channels (Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Github, Flickr)
  • Secure analyst briefings for inclusion in reports: Gartner, Forrester, IDC, RedMonk, 451 Research and more
  • Coordinate speakers’ bureau for key maintainers/developers (e.g. developer-driven conference panels)
  • Organize media/analyst luncheons,1:1 meetings at key events (for example, we arranged over 70 press and analysts attend CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Seattle and we help schedule back-to-back meetings with project maintainers and contributors for many of them)

Certification and Training Services

CNCF has made a major investment to implement training, expert certification and provider certification programs for Kubernetes. Over time, we expect to expand these to cover other projects as well

Legal Services

  • CNCF legal resources respond to threatened litigation (e.g., we worked with the Kubespray maintainers to change their name back from Kargo after receiving a cease and desist letter)
  • CLA system that integrates with GitHub 
  • DCO system that integrates with GitHub
  • Access to CNCF and LF staff should any legal questions arise
  • Protect trademarks, such as a UDRP action to take over kubernetes.cn

Internationalization

We offer internationalization support for projects that wish to have blog posts translated into Chinese or other languages. For examples, see the TiKV and Harbor blog posts.

China

We have a professional staff located in China that can help your project present at local meetups and events. Also, we host one of the largest open source conferences, KubeCon+CloudNativeCon China every year and offer simultaneous live translations of presentations in both Chinese and English.

End User Community

We have one of the largest end user communities of any open source foundation and we allow projects to engage with leading companies doing cutting-edge cloud native deployments. We also have the opportunity to feature your project in a case study (see NYTimes as an example)

Service Desk Process

If you’re a CNCF project committer, all you have to do is visit http://servicedesk.cncf.io or email servicedesk@cncf.io to request support.