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Amazon Web Services (AWS) officially announced that it has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) just two weeks after Microsoft joined as well.
CNCF now has the support of all five of the top cloud service providers including Amazon. It is also a good news for Kubernetes, a CNCF-managed container project.
“We see Microsoft and Amazon joining as being the end of the beginning”, said Dan Kohn, executive director of CNCF. “The biggest companies in the industry are saying that there is real value here.”
“This makes it even easier for companies to adopt Kubernetes. Companies want to use software that lots of other people are using because there will be more vendors supporting it and more people finding bugs,” Kohn said.
Kubernetes was created by Google and is a key technology in Google’s cloud. But Google gave the tech away as an open source project in 2014 and since then it’s taken on a life of its own, with wide industry support.
According to the experts this is a major step which will bring closer both the organizations in the gold standard known as “container management software.” A technology that will enable users to write apps for the cloud. With Kubernetes support, now cloud vendors can facilitate the customers to switch from one cloud to the next.
Both Microsoft and AWS are committed to pay $350,000 annually for a seat on the board, which will give the companies some say in how funding is allocated across projects at CNCF.
CNCF manages a few different cloud technologies, but Kubernetes is the big one.
AWS also has its own competing tech, a proprietary service but in that users need to stay inside of the Amazon technical universe. Kohn stressed that Amazon can continue supporting its competing product while working on Kubernetes.
And, while this is all a feather in Google’s cap, the true company at risk by the rise of Kubernetes is Docker, the $1 billion startup that basically invented this whole new market called containers and offers a direct competitor to Kubernetes.
Still, Amazon didn’t have much of a choice. Supporting Kubernetes iswhat Amazon users want. According a CNCF survey 63% of users were already running Kubernetes on AWS – including Ticketmaster and the music video company Vivo.
Kohn also added that most of the users prefer software that is used en masse, and that can easily transfer across cloud providers.
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