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CNCF welcomes Amazon, and so does IBM

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It started with a simple theory. We, along with a handful of partners, were bold enough to believe that we could bring together all of the major cloud vendors to support a single community. That community would be dedicated to innovating around a set of leading-edge technologies which would enable the next generation of cloud native development.

The community grew into the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). With today’s news that Amazon would join the fold, our theory has proven out.

This is a critical step forward for portable, interoperable, container-based applications and microservices. Just last month, CNCF reached 100 member organizations, and it’s easy to see why. Open source tools have become the foundation for enterprise-grade containers. This is the state of the art, and we are truly building the future.

From CNCF’s inception, IBM has been a guiding force in welcoming some of the most influential projects in cloud native development under its banner: Kubernetes, Prometheus, Open Tracing, fluentd, linkerd, GRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, rkt and CNI. Just last month, the Open Container Initiative took a huge step forward when it released the first versions of its container runtime and image format specifications.

Today’s announcement shows other organizations now see the value that we’ve understood all along in these technologies

IBM has a long history of partnering with open communities across the technical landscape, and for the past three years, it’s been our mission to make containers more open. We were among the first major cloud providers to partner with Docker in 2014 to move toward open governance. In June 2015, we put our full support behind the Open Container Initiative, the serialized format of containers, when it launched as part of the Linux Foundation, because we knew it was what our clients wanted. Finally, that same month, I took the stage with partners from Google and the Linux Foundation at OSCON to announce the launch of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

In between these milestones, we’ve led countless initiatives that have helped build a more open ecosystem and more effective tools.

I have to say that the big winner in this news is the developer who is building the next great mobile application. That developer can do their work with much more confidence because they understand that they’ll be able to develop container-based applications that they can port between multiple clouds and different technologies. This benefit here cannot be understated.

Alexis Richardson, co-founder and CEO of WeaveWorks and chairperson of the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee, agrees.

“Today’s news marks an important step forward for the development of portable, interoperable, container-based applications and microservices,” Richardson says. “We’re thrilled to welcome Amazon into the community, and we’re ecstatic that developers can now build applications on a base that is supported by all the major cloud vendors.”

When the foundation began, we recognized that developers loved developing in the cloud, but lacked a set of tools to take advantage of it in a meaningful way. While organizations from the startup to enterprise levels have only begun to realize the inherent potential of containers and microservices, we believe the work that’s happening under the CNCF banner has the potential to exponentially accelerate adoption.

As proud Platinum members of CNCF, we welcome Amazon (and the rest of the 100 member organizations we work with). We also want to encourage other organizations and individuals who might be intrigued by this news to join us. Start contributing, get involved and be a part of one of the most incredible communities in all of tech.

For more on how to do that (and why), take a look at this post from my colleague, Todd Moore, on the CNCF website.

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