Assembly of tech giants convene to define future of computing

'Cloud natives' include two-year-old Docker, 104-year-old IBM


A flurry of the tech world’s great and good signed up the Cloud Native Computing Foundation yesterday, and kicked off a technical board to review submissions – which will be tested and fattened up on a vast Intel-based “computer farm”.

Vendors declared their intent to form the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) earlier this year, under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. Just to avoid confusion, the (cloud native) foundation reckons “Cloud native applications are container-packaged, dynamically scheduled and microservices-oriented".

Hence the foundation said it "seeks to improve the overall developer experience, paving the way for faster code reuse, improved machine efficiency, reduced costs and increases in the overall agility and maintainability of applications".

Platinum members of the organisation include upstarts such as Cisco, Intel, Google, Huawei, IBM, Red Hat and Intel, as well as Docker, Joyent and CoreOS. And if you’re concerned about user representation, you’ll be pleased to know Goldman Sachs is a silver level member.

The governance structure will include an end user advisory board and board of directors, and a technical oversight committee, for which the nominations are open, which will oversee working group projects and manage contributions to the code base.

According to yesterday’s statement: “Technical contributions are open to anyone and are being submitted now to the Technical Oversight Committee for review.”

It added that “expected contributions include Kubernetes and Etcd, a distributed consistent key-value store for shared configuration and service discovery”. Intel and Switch are apparently preparing a "large computer farm to be used for advancing CNCF technologies".

But if it sounds like future directions are already being ... steered, don’t worry, as the “Foundation aims to provide a neutral home for any technologies that support an open and interoperable stack for cloud native computing". More details can be found here. ®


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