CNCF Expands Multi-Cloud Efforts at KubeCon EU

COPENHAGEN, Denmark—The Cloud Native Computing Foundation was started by the Linux Foundation in July 2015 with a single project and a handful of members. Now, the CNCF has more than 200 members and is the cornerstone for enabling the emerging era of multi-cloud application management and deployment, with Kubernetes at the core.

In a video interview at the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2018 conference here, Chris Aniszczyk, COO of the CNCF, detailed announcements the CNCF made at the event and provided insight into future developments.

Among the news being announced by the CNCF are a series of training efforts, including the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) examination and the partner Program for Kubernetes Training Partner (KTP).  

The CNCF also announced new members, bringing the total number to more than 200. 

Aniszczyk told eWEEK that the CKAD is different from prior Kubernetes training efforts by the CNCF, which had focused on the infrastructure component. With CKAD, the CNCF is aiming to help organizations learn how to deploy applications on Kubernetes cloud-native deployments.

"There is no set packaging story for Kubernetes," Aniszczyk said. "Some people use Helm charts, but that's not the only approach."

New Members

The CNCF has also grown its membership and now has 216 member organizations. Among its most recent members is Chinese web giant, which is known as the YouTube of China and also has a cloud offering. Aniszczyk said is one of the largest bare metal Kubernetes deployments in the world.

Other new members announced at the event are DigitalOcean and SumoLogic.

Serverless Model

One of the emerging areas of cloud-native deployment is the functions-as-a-service, or "serverless," model. The CNCF has a serverless working group, which announced the Cloud Events 0.1 draft specification at KubeCon EU. 

Cloud Events is a specification that is focuses specifically on event formats, according to Aniszczyk. For developers building tools to work with different serverless technologies, currently there is no standard and each service works in its own way. With Cloud Events, Aniszczyk said the goal is to bring a standardized approach to serverless functions, such that events can be started in the same way across multiple cloud providers. Among the participants in the efforts is Amazon, which operates the Lambda serverless offering.

Watch the full video interview with Chris Aniszczyk above.

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