CNCF Remains Focused as Cloud Native Interest Soars
Dan Meyer | April 03, 2019
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) might not be the largest open source organization or even the largest group under the broader Linux Foundation umbrella, but it has been one of the fastest growing thanks to such hosted projects like Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy. CNCF was established within the Linux Foundation in mid-2015. Its initial backers included 22 vendors and organizations, including AT&T, Cisco, the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Twitter, and VMware. Its focus was on supporting the adoption of open source technologies for building cloud native applications and services. CNCF really took off in early 2016, when its technical oversight committee (ToC) accepted Google’s Kubernetes container orchestration platform as CNCF’s first hosted project. That move was followed by the acceptance of the Prometheus monitoring platform. Today, CNCF houses five “graduated” projects, which are those that have hit a level of maturity and stability that provides confidence to vendors that want to integrate the project into their commercial platforms. These include Kubernetes, Prometheus, Envoy, CoreDNS, and Containerd. CNCF also hosts more than a dozen “incubating” projects that are theoretically working toward graduation status, and another dozen-plus “Sandbox Projects” that is an “entry point” into CNCF for early stage projects. As for community support, CNCF recently surpassed 375 organization members, including the addition of 59 new members just last month. And, its most recent KubeCon + CloudNativeCon event in North America drew a venue-limiting 8,000 attendees. Dealing With Growth: Most of this growth has been overseen by Dan Kohn, who joined CNCF as executive director in mid-2016. Kohn brought an extensive history in the computing and telecom space. This included his founding of NetMarket in 1993, which the following year conducted the first secure online transaction, and later he worked for satellite-based ISP Teledesic that was funded by Craig McCaw and Bill Gates.