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Momentum mounts for Kubernetes, cloud native

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Cloud native KubernetesFor any new technology, there are few attributes more valuable then momentum. In the open tech space, few projects have as much momentum as Kubernetes and cloud native application development.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) kicked off the European leg of its biannual CloudNativeCon/KubeCon event in Berlin by welcoming five new member organizations and two new projects.

CNCF has pulled in rkt and containerd as its eighth and ninth open projects, joining Kubernetes, Fluentd, Linkerd, Prometheus, OpenTracing, gRPC and CoreDNS,

IBM senior technical staff member Phil Estes is one of the open source maintainers for containerd. He explained a bit about the project and the role of IBM in the video below:

Meanwhile, CNCF announced that SUSE, HarmonyCloud, QAware, Solinea and TenxCloud have joined as contributing member organizations.

“The cloud native movement is increasingly spreading to all parts of the world,” CNCF executive director Dan Kohn told a sellout crowd of 1,500. That number tripled from CloudNativeCon in London a year prior.

We reported last fall that Kubernetes adoption was on the cusp of catching a giant wave. That wave has evolved into a groundswell among developers. There are now 4,000 projects based on Kubernetes, more than 50 products supporting it and more than 200 meetups around the world.

Even more significant has been the IBM announcement in March that Kubernetes is available on IBM Bluemix Container Service.

Linux Foundation Vice President Chris Aniszczyk and IBM Fellow, VP and Cloud Platform CTO Jason McGee discussed the move by IBM to Kube (and much more) on a podcast recoded from the venue. You can listen to it here:

A few more highlights from Berlin:

• 17-year-old Lucas Käldström, the youngest core Kubernetes maintainer, wowed the crowd with his talk on autoscaling a multi-platform Kubernetes cluster built with kubeadm.

• Docker’s Justin Cormack delivered one of the conference’s most popular sessions with his talk on containerd:

• An update on the Open Container Initiative from Jeff Borek (IBM), Chris Aniszczyk (Linux Foundation), Vincent Batts (Red Hat) and Brandon Philips (CoreOS)

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