Kubernetes is the first CNCF graduate


Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has announced that Kubernetes Project has been voted to become CNCF’s first project to graduate, signaling that it is mature and resilient enough and putting it in an even stronger position to “grow faster and sustain a vibrant, healthy and diverse technical community”.

Donated to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) by Google back in mid-2015, Kubernetes was actually one of the first projects taken under CNCF’s care and has rapidly become one of the most popular container orchestration platform.

According to the report, the Kubernetes Project is currently no.9 on Github when it comes to commits and no.2 for authors and issues, with only Linux ahead of it. According to a recent survey, 71 percent of Fortune 100 companies use containers and more than 50 percent have chosen Kubernetes as the container orchestration platform.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) was quite keen to note that Kubernetes has reached plenty of milestones, including 11,258 contributing developers, 75,000+ commits on GitHub, and 158,000 members in global Meetup groups as well as ranked third in the 30 highest velocity open source projects.

In order to become the first CNCF graduate, the project had to meet a list of criteria which includes a demonstration of adoption, a well documented and structured governance process with established steering committee, adopt the CNCF code of conduct, and provide a strong commitment to the community, all of which Kubernetes passed with flying colors.

On the technical side, Kubernetes has seen four releases last year with the latest 1.9 release including a stable core workloads API, beta support for Windows server containers so users can run Windows-based and .Net-based containers on Kubernetes. The release 1.10 is scheduled to be coming by the end of this month.

We already wrote a lot about Kubernetes and it is obvious that it has won the container orchestration wars and it appears that it will just keep going forward.


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Slobodan Simic is foremost an IT enthusiast who discovered his knack for writing, which lead to becoming both an IT journalist and later an Editor for a number of publications. He has been covering anything from the consumer- and professional-oriented hardware to software markets and networks. With a focus on chasing down leads, making sure that fresh content is ready for publishing, as well as keeping up with the evergrowing and evolving IT world, writing has become more of his passion rather than just a job.