"CNCF provides a neutral home for open source projects like Kubernetes, containerd, CNI, and linkerd". IBM Corp. and China's Alibaba. "We look forward to working with old and new friends on the shared goal to create and drive the adoption of a new computing paradigm optimized for modern distributed systems", he said.
The move shows Amazon's commitment to some of the key open source technologies that are used to help run applications on AWS and other cloud platforms.
But Amazon's joining CNCF is an explicit endorsement of the open-source software originally developed by Google. What's more likely is that Amazon will just bolster support for Kubernetes as it's now used on Amazon Web Services - that is, via clusters of machine images running on EC2. CNCF serves as the neutral home for collaboration and brings together the industry's top developers, end users and vendors - including five of the five largest public cloud providers and numerous leading private cloud companies.
Really, it was only a matter of time before AWS joined the CNCF. "While other major cloud players are a long way behind AWS, the Anyone But Amazon Club has been establishing a solid technical center of gravity, notably around the Kubernetes container orchestration stack, which is hosted by the CNCF", he noted.
Amazon already runs its own container orchestrator in the form of the company's Elastic Container Service, but a recent report from The Information said that the company is working on developing its own service based on Kubernetes.
As part of the move Adrian Cockcroft, AWS' vice president of cloud architecture, will join the CNCF governing board.
"This is a move in the right direction, but greater clarity from Amazon would be welcome", Miniman said.
In his announcement, Cockcroft did not talk about what Amazon's short-term plans for Kubernetes are, but given the wide-spread support for the platform - which is giving Google and Microsoft an opening in competing with AWS on this quickly expanding field - I would be surprised if we didn't see increased direct support for Kubernetes on AWS (you can, of course, already use it on AWS, but only with the help of tools from third-party vendors).
For many years, Amazon has made numerous contributions to many open source projects including Linux kernel, Docker, Apache Hive, Apache Hadoop, Chromium, jQuery, OpenMPI, and Apache MXNet.
In any case, AWS's presence now makes the foundation one of the undisputed leaders in setting the direction for cloud computing, as well as open-source software, for the industry at large.