Monday, October 23, 2017

AWS officially joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to help grow Kubernetes, containerd, CNI, and linkerd open-source projects

Cloud giant joins IBM, Google, Alibaba and Microsoft who are also members of the open source organisation.

AWS has become the latest member to join the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) ranks which now counts with the world’s top five cloud providers.

The company has joined the foundation as a platinum member in a bid to accelerate the development and deployment of cloud native technologies in its public cloud.

According to Adrian Cockcroft, Vice President of Cloud Architecture Strategy at AWS, “cloud native architectures take full advantage of on-demand delivery, global deployment, elasticity, and higher-level services”.

“They enable huge improvements in developer productivity, business agility, scalability, availability, utilization, and cost savings,” he added.

As part of the membership with the CNCF, Cockcroft will join CNCF’s Governing Board.

AWS’ CNCF membership comes at a time when the number of CNCF members hosting Kubernetes on Amazon EC2 has hit an all-time-high at 63%, according to a survey conducted by the foundation and in conjunction with CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe 2017. This represented a growth from 44% in 2016.

Kubernetes was created by Google in 2015 and is an open-source platform for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of application containers across clusters of hosts.

AWS has also been an early contributor to containerd, the CNCF industry-standard container runtime that provides increased consistency between container orchestration platforms. A

WS plans to take an active role in the cloud native community, contributing to Kubernetes and other cloud native technologies such as containerd, CNI, and linkerd.

Cockcroft said: “Many CNCF projects already run in the AWS Cloud, and we are excited to join the Foundation to ensure that customers continue to have a great experience running these workloads on AWS.

“CNCF provides a neutral home for open source projects like Kubernetes, containerd, CNI, and linkerd. With our membership, we look forward to growing our role in these communities and the overall cloud native ecosystem.”

Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, said: “As the largest cloud provider, AWS brings years of experience in enabling enterprises to successfully adopt cloud computing and enormous expertise in cloud native technologies.

“We are honored to have AWS join CNCF as a platinum member, and believe that their participation will help shape the future of enterprise computing.”