Google shifting Kubernetes operations to CNCF


Google has further adjusted its control of the Kubernetes project by giving operational control to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), as well as funding the move.

According to the announcement made at the Open Source Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia, Google has begun the process of shifting all day-to-day Kubernetes project operations to the CNCF and Kubernetes community, which will include operational tasks for the development, such as testing and builds, as well as maintenance and operations for the distribution of Kubernetes.

Google will also help fund this move with a  $9 million grant of Google Cloud Platform credits, divided over three years, which should cover the infrastructure cost, like funding scalability testing and maintenance of the infrastructure required to run Kubernetes development.

“With the rapid growth of Kubernetes, and broad participation from organizations, cloud providers and users alike, we’re thrilled to see Google Cloud hand over ownership of Kubernetes CI/CD to the community that helped build it into one of the highest-velocity projects of all time,” said Dan Kohn, executive director of CNCF. “Google Cloud’s generous contribution is an important step in empowering the Kubernetes community to take ownership of its management and sustainability – all for the benefit of the project’s ever-growing user base.”

“I’m very happy to see Google include lead project contributors in the ongoing management of the Kubernetes testing and serving infrastructure so we can all help support this critically important part of the project together”, said Tim Hockin, Principal Software Engineer, Google Cloud and co-lead of the Kubernetes project.

The Kubernetes container orchestration platform was donated by  Google to the CNCF, and it has taken some time for other public cloud providers to provide better support for it, including the recent one from Amazon Web Services (AWS).


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