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Cloud Native Computing Foundation forms to drive open-source cloud standards

The newly formed CNCF group aims to develop cloud standards for container technologies

Google has joined forces with the Linux Foundation in a combined industry effort to develop the future of container-based computing.

Organisations supporting the initiative include Docker, IBM, VMware, Intel, Cisco, Joyent, CoreOS, Mesosphere, Univa and Red Hat.

Google said the industry partners will collaborate on developing the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which will work with the open-source community to manage the future development of Kubernetes and build software that makes tools for containers more robust.

This latest expansion of Kubernetes follows swiftly on from Google becoming a sponsor of OpenStack. The combination of OpenStack with developments arising from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation could offer businesses a way to run cloud-based applications across public and private cloud infrastructures using open-source technology.

"The Cloud Native Computing Foundation will help facilitate collaboration among developers and operators on common technologies for deploying cloud native applications and services," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation.

"By bringing together the open-source community’s very best talent and code in a neutral and collaborative forum, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation aims to advance the state of the art of application development at internet scale."

According to Intel, cloud native application development offers the promise of workload portability across stacks. "Standardisation helps drive full portability," said Jonathan Donaldson, vice-president of software-defined infrastructure at Intel.

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Ying Xiong, chief architect of PaaS at Huawei, said: "We believe the foundation will drive standards and integrate common technologies, such as container and container orchestration, into an advanced, end-to-end, open-source solution that promotes business adoption."

Lars Herrmann, general manager of the integrated solutions business unit and container strategy at Red Hat, said: "The rapid ascent of Linux containers and complementary technologies like Kubernetes shows that the future of enterprise application is not based in proprietary code; rather, these applications are born in the cloud and driven by open innovation."

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