Cloud Native Computing Foundation Plots a Path to the Future

VIDEO: Chris Aniszczyk, interim executive director of Cloud Native Computing Foundation, discusses how the Linux Foundation Collaborative project is coming together to help define the cloud era.

Back in July, the Linux Foundation announced the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation as an effort to advance cloud application management and interoperability. Today, the CNCF is still in its formative stages, defining its processes, projects and even itself. Helping to lead the CNCF forward is its interim executive director, Chris Aniszczyk, who is well-known in the technology community as the former head of open source at Twitter, where he worked from 2011 to 2015.

In a video interview with eWEEK, Aniszczyk discussed his role at the CNCF and how the effort is now putting the governance structure in place to advance the state of applications in the cloud. Currently, there are two projects that are under the CNCF umbrella, including the Kubernetes container orchestration system and the Prometheus monitoring platform.

Not only is Aniszczyk the interim executive director of the CNCF, but he also helps the Linux Foundation's Open Container Initiative (OCI) effort.

"An executive director for an open-source foundation is typically concerned about hiring staff, growing the membership and operationally running the foundation," Aniszczyk said.

From a governance perspective, there is a Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) that helps to define the technical vision for the CNCF. In parallel, there is also a governing board (GB) that handles the overall governance of the CNCF, though the GB's mandate is not to influence the technical decisions made by the TOC. In terms of the individuals on the TOC, Aniszczyk noted that Solomon Hykes, the founder of Docker; Ben Hindman, founder of Mesosphere; and Google engineer Brian Grant, one of the main authors of Kubernetes, are all members.

"CNCF is meant to be a cloud native commons," he said.

Watch the full video interview with Chris Aniszczyk below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.