New members help set direction of cloud native computing and bridge the gap between traditional IT and new container and microservices technologies

TORONTO – LinuxCon/ContainerCon – August 23, 2016 – T​he Cloud Native Computing Foundation, ​which is advancing the deployment of open source software stacks that orchestrate containers of microservices, today announced that Apigee, Caicloud, Exoscale, Minio, Mirantis, Packet, and StackPointCloud have joined the Foundation to accelerate the adoption of cloud native technologies. These seven new members have joined a community of more than 50 enterprise technology leaders passionate about developer experience and simplified operations for cloud native technologies.

According to a recent report released by Gartner, as IT spending on cloud services reaches $114 billion this year and grows to $216 billion in the year 2020, cloud native infrastructure is becoming more attractive. As IT budget dollars shift from data centers to the cloud, open source, container technology, and microservices architectures are increasingly vital for enterprises hoping to run at scale.

“Today’s forward-thinking companies are turning to cloud native architectures to drive business value and create more agile infrastructures,” said Dan Kohn, executive director of Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “Our newest members are committed to advancing the development of crucial born-in-the-cloud technologies – from open source storage and API-driven containers and management, to network interfaces and hosting.”

A growing community of cloud native technologists and open source project leaders will attend the first-ever CloudNativeDay on Thursday in Toronto to discuss the latest in container technology, high-velocity projects like Kubernetes and Prometheus, and other cloud native architectures.

About the newest members:

Apigee provides a leading cloud native API platform for digital businesses. The company helps more than 30 percent of the Fortune 100, four of the top five Global 2000 retail companies, and five of the top 10 global telecommunications companies to securely share data and services across myriad devices and channels through APIs. Built for the new requirements of today’s digital business, the Apigee platform helps companies serve customers in a real-time, anywhere-anytime fashion, use data to continually improve the customer experience, and drive additional revenue.

“Apigee is committed to delivering technology that helps organizations adapt and thrive in today’s connecting economy by powering APIs that are critical for cloud native applications,” said Ed Anuff, senior vice president of strategy at Apigee. “Our participation in the CNCF gives us the opportunity to work with other companies to help shape the direction of API features and functionality in Kubernetes and other container and cloud technologies.”

Caicloud was founded by several ex-Googlers and early Kubernetes contributors in 2015, based in Hangzhou, China. Leveraging Kubernetes, Caicloud has provided container cluster-as-a-service products for multiple Global Fortune 500 enterprises. As an early Kubernetes evangelist in China, Caicloud has organized well-received Kubernetes meetups in major cities across the country.

“The interest in Kubernetes is soaring in China. Currently, Caicloud members are actively contributing their work back to the upstream, aiming to lower its adoption barrier and enhance its features,” said Xin Zhang, CEO of Caicloud. “We look forward to working with CNCF to further the Kubernetes community and market in China.”

Exoscale is the leading public cloud provider for cloud native teams. With compute-instances running in under 30 seconds and S3-compatible object storage, Exoscale is ideal for teams building SaaS products. A simple and intuitive web interface and Cloudstack-based API make it easy to build-out sophisticated infrastructure on Exoscale. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and with data centers through-out Switzerland, Exoscale benefits from the data protection granted by Swiss law.

“As a leading European cloud provider, we’re here to make it simple for start-ups and enterprises to go cloud native in their deployments,” said Antoine Coetsier, CEO of Exoscale. "We are excited to be part of the CNCF, as it’ll mean we bring cloud-native solutions more quickly to our customers and we look forward to seeing our public cloud and technologies to the wider cloud native community.”

Minio, Inc. is a cloud storage server built for cloud application developers and DevOps – built by veterans from Gluster. The open source software, designed to be minimal and scalable, has an active developer and user community with more than 20,000 user downloads and almost 2,800 GitHub stars.

“Minio’s developer community requires ‘built for the cloud’ object storage, at any scale, for their ever-changing environments” said Anand Babu (AB) Periasamy of Minio, Inc. “Our company looks forward to joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to both explore the latest cloud native technology developments from and share Minio’s microstorage architecture expertise with our fellow members.”

Mirantis is a pure-play OpenStack company, delivering all the software, services, training, and support needed for running OpenStack. It is among the top three companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenStack, and has helped build and deploy some of the largest OpenStack clouds in the world, at companies such as AT&T, Saudi Telecom, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, Symantec, Telstra and Volkswagen.

“Mirantis sees cloud native computing as a design pattern that can be applied to help dramatically expand the addressable market for enterprise cloud infrastructures,” said Boris Renski, chief marketing officer of Mirantis. “Our participation in the CNCF aligns perfectly with our corporate vision, and facilitates our collaboration with other technology leaders to ensure that an open, standards-based hybrid cloud remains an option for enterprises.”

Packet is the leader in bare metal cloud built-for-automation, offering premium server configurations that provision in eight minutes or less. Out to build a better internet by supercharging the API-driven container revolution, its platform combines the price and performance benefits of bare metal servers with the experience of the cloud.

“Packet is thrilled to join CNCF, as we share its passion for supporting the ecosystem of cloud native tooling,” said Zachary Smith, CEO of Packet. “Our mission is to enable developers, enterprises, and consumers to benefit from portable, scalable, and maintainable infrastructure. Since starting Packet in 2014, we’ve worked tirelessly to partner with and enable those leading the cloud native movement.”

StackPointCloud, Inc. is a product and services company focused on Kubernetes and DevOps tooling. It is the creator of, a universal control plane for Kubernetes anywhere. StackPointCloud makes it easy to compose, deploy, scale, and manage clusters at various cloud providers via a web interface. The company helps to simplify integration of Kubernetes into DevOps workflows or, for developers, easily test applications inside of Kubernetes.

“StackPointCloud is eager to drive awareness of the importance of cloud native technologies as a CNCF member,” said Matt Baldwin, CEO of StackPointCloud. “We believe that a ‘built-for-the-cloud’ approach is the future of software – as such, we are invested in realizing this future, building automation and management tools to enable users to easily transition to cloud native architectures, and support adoption of the rich and expanding ecosystem of microservice technologies.”

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About Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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