AWS joins Google as member of Cloud Native Computing Forum

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The Cloud Native Forum (CNF) has revealed AWS as its newest member, joining other huge cloud superstars including direct rivals Google and Microsoft.

AWS has been recruited as a top-level Platinum member, adding more fuel to rumours that the public cloud company and retail giant is about to launch its own Kubernetes-based container management service.

Research by the CNF revealed that the Amazon already hosts a huge number of Kubernetes deployments, so it's only natural that the company has decided to commit by formally announcing its intentions to join the consortium.

“Many CNCF projects already run in the AWS Cloud, and we are excited to join the Foundation to ensure that customers continue to have a great experience running these workloads on AWS,” said Adrian Cockcroft, vice president of Cloud Architecture Strategy, AWS.

“CNCF provides a neutral home for open source projects like Kubernetes, containerd, CNI, and linkerd. With our membership, we look forward to growing our role in these communities and the overall cloud native ecosystem.”

Amazon has already been pretty active in the open source container community, contributing its expertise to the containerd. Other open source projects it's been involved with include Linux kernel, Docker, Apache Hive, Apache Hadoop, Chromium, jQuery, OpenMPI, and Apache MXNet.

“As the largest cloud provider, AWS brings years of experience in enabling enterprises to successfully adopt cloud computing and enormous expertise in cloud native technologies,” said Dan Kohn, executive director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

“We are honored to have AWS join CNCF as a platinum member, and believe that their participation will help shape the future of enterprise computing.”

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