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Why Join the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Why Qbox joined and why you should consider it, too

As announced today by the Linux Foundation, Qbox has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The CNCF is a collaborative project of the non-profit Linux Foundation that brings together market participants in the containerization space to formulate and promote standards.

Seeded in 2015 when Google contributed the Kubernetes project, CNCF now includes dozens of companies across the globe. By working together, the participants hope to drive the business value of Cloud Native applications like Kubernetes, Prometheus, Docker, Rocket, and the Open Container Initiative and to work toward a more hardware-agnostic future.

Qbox decided to join because our Supergiant project is based on Kubernetes, the most prominent project of the CNCF. Supergiant seeks to extend the benefits of containerization to stateful distributed apps. We created it to manage our Hosted Elasticsearch business, achieving eye-popping performance improvements while cutting our AWS bills in half.

However, it can just as easily be extended to other NoSQL technologies like Couchbase, Redis, and MongoDB. (Speaking of MongoDB, if you’re attending MongoDB World (#MDBW2016) next week in New York City, come visit the Supergiant Core Team at Booth #22… you may also use the sponsor code “Supergiant20” to get 20% off your registration.)

By joining with CNCF and The Linux Foundation, we’ll be in a position to learn about best practices in this skyrocketing space, participate in events, network with other inter-operable companies in the space, and possibly contribute or otherwise influence the roadmap of these groundbreaking projects. Without organizations like these, technologies might go back to the bad old days when for-profit corporations would spend years in a standardization tug of war. Competing agendas pulled new technologies in directions that were not always mutually beneficial, hampering adoption and holding the future back. Recall the operating system wars of the 1990’s, which started with half a dozen or more proprietary server OS’s. Today, Linux is the undisputed champ in the enterprise.

Of course, managing these non-profit projects that are built around freely downloadable software is expensive. Companies that make or use these technologies should consider giving back by joining the CNCF, contributing code, or sponsoring CNCF and LF events. Just as with movies and music, if the creatives making the art never get paid, we’ll have less of it.