CNCF: Cloud Native Foundation drives portability forward

The Cloud Native Foundation conference in Berlin kicked off with a set of initiatives to take on board popular container engines from Kubernetes and Docker

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) conference in Berlin kicked off with the release of Kubernetes 1.6, the latest version of Google’s open source container project.

CNCF, part of the Linux Foundation, was established to bolster the growth of microservices by promoting cross-platform portability.

Kubernetes is among the fastest-growing open source projects, and is regarded as one of the key technologies for building containerised applications based on microservices, where components of the application may be distributed across several different IT systems.

Addressing 1,500 delegates at the conference, Aparma Sinha, leader of the product team for Kubernetes and Container Engine at Google, said: “This project is attempting to redefine how the world runs applications on distributed open systems. Containers are portable.”

To achieve this, the project has needed a large community across the world, she said. “Openness and transparency keeps us honest and gives us the feedback that we are heading in right direction.”

The latest release, Kubernetes 1.6, includes multi-team, multi-workload support at scale. According to Sinha, the most significant feature in the new release is role-based access control, led by a team at Red Hat.

To support choice and portability, Docker’s core container runtime, together with Kubernetes runtime and gRPC, a high-performance remote procedure call technology, have been accepted by the Technical Oversight Committee as incubating projects within CNCF.

Docker’s containerd technology includes methods for transferring container images, container execution and supervision and low-level local storage across both Linux and Windows. IBM, Alibaba, IBM, Microsoft, AWS and Google’s cloud all enable organisations to deploy Docker containerd containers on their infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

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Solomon Hykes, founder, CTO and chief product officer at Docker, said: “By donating containerd to an open foundation, we can accelerate the rate of innovation through cross-project collaboration – making the end-user the ultimate benefactor of our joint efforts.”

Dan Kohn, executive director of CNCF, said: “It’s important for CNCF to host foundational technology for cloud native computing. The containerd runtime is incredibly important to the growth of the overall cloud native ecosystem and uniting it with Kubernetes and CNCF will bring huge benefits to end-user solutions.

“Container orchestrators need community-driven container runtimes and we are excited to have containerd, which is used today by everyone running Docker. Becoming a part of CNCF unlocks new opportunities for broader collaboration within the ecosystem.”

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