Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cloud Native Computing Foundation grows open source cloud container community as calls are made to kill industry confusion

New member additions mark the first day of CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe 2017 as open source momentum grows.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has unveiled a wave of new partners and members in one of its largest announcements of the year.

The CNCF brings together a community of 1,500 developers and users from a large multitude of companies including Google, Fujitsu, Samsung SDS, Intel, RedHat and Huawei that work on open source technologies to orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture.

However, despite the advancements by the organisation and its partners, the industry recognises that there is a lot of confusion around the understanding of technologies and terminologies such as containers and new infrastructure architectures.

As the CNCF explains, containers, software-based infrastructure, and microservices represent a major evolution in the way applications are deployed and managed.

Under cloud native environments, applications are optimised by dynamically being managed adherent to the constraints but also benefiting from the features and services that clouds supply.

Nevertheless, the CNCF community has a grasp of what these new cloud world is, and is expanding to develop related technologies.

Speaking at the organisation’s CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe 2017, in Berlin, and attended by Data Economy, Dan Kohn, executive director of the CNCF [pictured], took to the stage with a range of announcements, including the entry of Dell Technologies into the foundation’s ecosystem as a platinum member.

Kohn said: “Dell EMC has a long and proven track record making storage technologies available to modern and open source infrastructure.

“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.”

Also commenting, Josh Bernstein, VP of Technology for Dell EMC and now part of the CNCF’s Governing Board, said that it is critical that organisations 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.

“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.”

The CNCF has further expanded its list of members by also adding HarmonyCloud, QAware, Solinea, SUSE and TenxCloud Align to its developers community.

The new members have joined the CNCF on two layers. SUSE has become a gold member, while HarmonyCloud, QAware, Solinea and TenxCloud have become silver members.

Kohn said: “We are 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.”

The addition of such companies comes as recent reports estimate the container applications segment is posed for a CAGR of 40% until 2020.

This will see the segment grow from $762m in 2016 to $2.7bn by the end of the decade.