December 17, 2015 | Written by: Todd Moore
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This is a big week for many people in our industry—and not just because of the coming “Star Wars” release. It’s also significant because the Linux Foundation has announced the formal open governance structure for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
This announcement is important because it confirms the Linux Foundation Working Group and marks the completion of the charter and membership agreement documents for the CNCF. Since its launch, IBM has backed the CNCF’s commitment to developing next generation cloud native applications based in open source and open standards.
These new investments and the open governance model are key to ensuring containers and other open technologies are smart long-term solutions aligned to deliver value through our Bluemix infrastructure.
It’s not even over yet, and 2015 already has been one of the most incredible years in the open cloud technology space. Notably, we’ve seen amazing progress with OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. My colleague Chris Ferris recently highlighted the top 10 stories in open technology for 2015, which includes the launch of the Open Container Initiative. IBM played a key role in getting this organization off the ground.
It makes sense that this would be such a huge year for open technology. As excited as I’m sure so many of us are about the “Star Wars” release, no one wants to deal with the dreaded “Stack Wars.” When proprietary approaches compete, it’s to the great detriment of the end user. We hear time and again that our customers want open technology choices. That’s why IBM has been so adamant about leading the open container charge.
If container technology is to reach its full potential, open governance must guide a few key areas, including container scheduling, management and orchestration. Support for this must come from vendors, system integrators, and—most importantly—end user clients.
IBM is pleased to be among the leading companies working across multiple intersections of the open cloud ecosystem to ensure our clients and partners will be able to take advantage of these emerging areas to obtain the benefits these initiatives while avoiding potential lock-in of alternative approaches.
Growing, maintaining and rapidly expanding container and micro-service based applications across multiple clouds is a challenge without standards—and not a necessary one. This next step in the evolution of the CNCF reaffirms IBM’s long-standing commitment to community-driven open source answers to tough problems. We look forward to continuing our contributions in support of containers and other open technologies as we deliver class leading container services through IBM Bluemix.