December 17, 2015
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, launched earlier this year, fleshed out its mission Wednesday with new members and technology details.
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation , a Linux Foundation project, supports development of cloud native applications using containers, dynamic scheduling and micro services. The CNCF is developing open source technologies, reference architectures and common application and service formats, to allow Internet companies and enterprises to scale their business, according to a statement from the Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation announced the CNCF in July.
The group comprises more than 40 companies. Platinum members include CoreOs, Docker Inc. , Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Joyent Inc. , Mesosphere and Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT). Other members include AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), eBay, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), Twitter Inc. and VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW)
Governance will involve a Technical Oversight Committee, End User Advisory Board and Board of Directors, similar to other Linux Foundation projects.
Expected contributions include Kubernetes; etcd, a distributed store for shared configuration and service discovery; and flannel, a network fabric for containers. Intel and Supernap, another member, are preparing a large, community-governed compute farm for advancing foundation technologies, running scalability and performance tests and deploying software stacks at scale.
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The foundation will initially look at the orchestration level, followed by integrating hosts and services by defining APIs and standards.
Container-based clouds are essential to the transition to the New IP, providing the flexibility and agility comms companies need to deliver services customers demand. (See Containers a Critical Piece of Telecom's Future.)
Margaret Chiosi, a distinguished network architect at AT&T, named the Cloud Native Computing Foundation as one of many technology platforms needed to drive telecom to a standard, open source network infrastructure for the future. Failure to standardize on open technologies will slow network transformation, she warned. (See AT&T's Chiosi: Unite on Open Source or Suffer.)
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