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Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)

Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is an open-source software foundation that hosts critical components of software stacks, including Kubernetes and Prometheus. CNCF is a part of the Linux Foundation.

Overview

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is a project founded in 2015 by the Linux Foundation to help advance container technology and align the technology industry around its evolution. The CNCF is the largest open-source sub-foundation operated by the Linux Foundation and is dedicated to fostering the growth and evolution of cloud-native systems through the stewardship and encouragement of open-source projects. This includes ensuring the technology is available, accessible, integrated, and reliable. The CNCF hosts projects such as Kubernetes, Prometheus, and CoreDNS. Further, the CNCF serves as a vendor-neutral home for projects and fosters collaboration through industry developers, end users, and vendors.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation is a member-based organization, with 800 members working together to drive innovation through the development and standardization of cloud-native technology.

CNCF projects

The technologies researched and developed by the CNCF are called projects, and most of them are hosted on GitHub. These projects pass through three stages of maturity:

  • An initial "sandbox" stage
  • An incubating stage, in which the project must meet additional criteria, such as documentation of at least three end users
  • The graduation stage, in which a project must complete an independent security audit.

CNCF projects have included Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy. The foundation works to ensure a uniform user experience and software compatibility while maintaining the available technologies' brands and ensuring community members use them appropriately. Further, CNCF created a centralized continuous integration dashboard to ease testing and management of projects across the cloud and on bare metal platforms.

Membership

There are several tiers of membership to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. These include the highest level Platinum Membership, Gold Membership, Silver Membership, Academic Members, Nonprofit Members, and End-User Supporters.

Timeline

May 18, 2022
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation hits 800 member milestone at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022.
May 18, 2022
Boeing joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation as a platinum member.

Funding rounds

Acquisitions

Patents

Further Resources

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Cloud Native Computing Foundation
May 14, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- The Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), which builds sustainable ecosystems for cloud native software, today announced a new paper,...
Cloud Native Computing Foundation
May 5, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe Virtual -- The Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), which builds sustainable ecosystems for cloud native...
Cloud Native Computing Foundation
May 5, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe Virtual - The Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), which builds sustainable ecosystems for cloud native...
Cloud Native Computing Foundation
May 4, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- The winners of Fast Company's 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts...
Cloud Native Computing Foundation
March 3, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- The Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), which builds sustainable ecosystems for cloud native software, today announced the schedule for...
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