What is cloud native computing?

Cloud native computing as championed, advocated and evangelised by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) itself is an approach that uses an open source software stack to deploy applications as microservices.

Each microservice is packaged into its own container… and those same containers are then ‘dynamically orchestrated’ in order to ‘optimise resource utilisation’ — as one would expect given the controllable, flexible and composable nature of the cloud model itself.

The CNCF works to host critical components of the software stacks in use here including Kubernetes and Prometheus – overall the organisation insists that it exists as a neutral home for collaboration as part of The Linux Foundation.

The organisation is now involved with a set of forthcoming events to be held in Seattle in November 2016 to include CloudNativeCon and the co-located KubeCon and PrometheusDay.

Central orchestration processing

The term you will now want to get used to in the context of these events is ‘central orchestration processing’ as these composable elements of cloud are now intelligently connected.

PrometheusDay will feature technical talks covering major Prometheus adopters – the technology itself is an open source system for monitoring (and providing an alert system for) a wide range of enterprise IT events when containers and microservices.

 “Cloud native computing can be a very fragmented process, as the architecture departs from traditional enterprise application design,” said Dan Kohn, executive director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “Our new flagship event CloudNativeCon will be able to build on the great following and momentum KubeCon has already established. The event will squarely focus on helping developers better understand how to easily and quickly assemble these moving parts by driving alignment among different cloud native technologies and platforms.”

Companies showing their support for cloud native computing include Apprenda, Cisco, CoreOS, Google, IBM, Intel and Red Hat.


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