Cloud native - the successes so far and the challenges ahead
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Cloud native - the successes so far and the challenges ahead

Today, Kubernetes is considered the de facto standard for container orchestration, winning out over Docker Swarm and Mesos. Originally a Google project, in 2014 Kubernetes was open sourced; living out in open governance, with no single vendor in charge, people were galvanised to work on the project and development and adoption grew.

"It's really taken off and all sorts of projects have come from it," says Todd Moore, Vice President, Open Technology at IBM and Chairman of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) governing board. "It's the standard in the IBM cloud now; it's amazing what we can do with it."

"In the previous decade the important computing trend was virtualisation - now cloud native and containerisation is the big technology trend," continues Dan Kohn CNCF Executive Director. "It's allowing people to look at ways to achieve higher efficiency, how to increase your development velocity and roll out new versions of your applications much faster. I do think the CNCF/Linux Foundation model of having a neutral home has been extremely helpful in its success," he adds.

Kubernetes is one of two CNCF projects to have now reached ‘graduation', the other being the monitoring system Prometheus. To move from the maturity level of incubation to graduation, a project must demonstrate thriving adoption, a documented, structured governance process and a strong commitment to community sustainability and inclusivity.

The CNCF's goal is to create a full stack of components needed to run applications cloud natively - this isn't comprehensive yet, but there are many projects currently underway that represent important building blocks.

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Keri Allan is a freelance journalist and editor who has been covering the engineering and technology sector for over 15 years, writing for titles including E&T Magazine, The Engineer and Arabian Computer News.

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