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Linux Group Building Cloud App Infrastructure

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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jabailo 12/18/2015 | 9:31:36 PM
Re: Municipal Clouds That's a good point too.   So much Government service could be cloudy.  I look at people standing in line or taking buses all around town for dealing with agencies and wonder how much of it could be solved with an app and a web service.

danielcawrey 12/18/2015 | 5:19:01 PM
Re: Municipal Clouds I think municipal use cases for open clouds is a great idea. Municipalites shouldn't have to spend exorbitantly on IT services, and this is one way to prevent doing so. The Linux Foundation is certainly on to something here. 
jabailo 12/18/2015 | 3:09:43 PM
Re: Municipal Clouds Of course I sometimes question Muni since my local telco, CenturyLink does a great and low cost job on both broadband, optical gig fiber, and cloud services.

thebulk 12/17/2015 | 2:24:29 PM
Re: Municipal Clouds @jabailo, I think there could be a strong case for muni clouds. And like you point out manage it sort of like a library. 
jabailo 12/17/2015 | 1:54:20 PM
Municipal Clouds I have been reading about efforts to create municipal broadband in some of our Pacific NW cities (Seattle, Tacoma, Portland).   I wonder if there is a case to be made for Municipal Clouds?  Providing some basic library style access to cloud resources for building, storing, developing.


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