Most of the big IT players have come together to form the Cloud Native Computing Foundation that plans to create and drive the adoption of a new set of common container technologies.
Organised by the Linux Foundation, the new group has drawn the support of AT&T, Box, Cisco, Cloud Foundry Foundation, CoreOS, Cycle Computing, Docker, eBay, Goldman Sachs, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Red Hat, Twitter, VMWare, among others.
This new organisation aims to advance the state-of-the-art for building cloud native applications and services, allowing developers to take full advantage of existing and to-be-developed open source technologies. Cloud native basically refers to applications or services that are container-packaged, dynamically scheduled and micro services-oriented.
The Foundation will look at open source at the orchestration level, followed by the integration of hosts and services by defining API’s and standards to advance the state-of-art of container-packaged application infrastructure. The organization will also work with the recently announced Open Container Initiative on its container image specification. Beyond orchestration and the image specification, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation aims to assemble components to address a comprehensive set of container application infrastructure needs.
Google contributed the Kubernetes open source container orchestration system it developed to the new foundation.Every memeber is expecting that Cloud native Computing Foundation would help in developing the ecosystem on the technology they have worked and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation which represents the next step in the evolution of open source software, in that it provides a mechanism for complementary projects to come together as a single and harmonized solution architecture. Coming soon after the Open Container Initiative announcement at
DockerConn15 collaborative effort that will establish interoperable reference stacks for container orchestration by Cloud Native Computing Foundation should enable greater innovation and flexibility among developers.
As Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill said, ” Cloud-native Computing Foundation is that it offers a potential third model: while the foundation will serve as the new home for Kubernetes, it’s not limited to Kubernetes — nor is it an open source dumping ground. Rather, this foundation is dedicated to a particular ethos: the creation of the new kinds of application and (especially) service stacks that represent modern, server-side computing. That is, it is a foundation with a true mission: to advance key open source technologies that constitute modern, elastic computing. As such, it seeks to transcend any single technology — it has a raison d’être that runs deeper than mere self-preservation. I would like to think that this third path can serve as a model in the new, all-open world: foundations as entities that don’t let their corporate neutrality prevent them from being opinionated as to their mission, their constituent technologies or — importantly — their engineering values!”