Google’s Dave Aronchick, Kubernetes Product Manager, sees a future where software is fully abstracted from hardware, where developers are free to create on their laptops a copy exact of what runs anywhere, on any architecture.
Google brought Kubernetes, a software container technology, closer to that vision by announcing its membership in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation(CNCF) in June. CNCF is an open source collaborative project run under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. Its aim, in Google’s words, is to “work with open source and partner communities to manage future development of Kubernetes, and to build new software that makes the entire container toolset more robust.”
The CNCF membership gives commercial customers and developers the comfort that they won’t get left in the cold should Google change its plans for Kubernetes down the road. The group has an austere list of members including Cisco, Docker, server virtualization technology leader VMware, IBM and others.
Kubernetes is also being productized commercially by Google in its Google Container Engine. GCE is available for free for clusters of up to five nodes. Clusters of six or more nodes will be charged at 0.15c per hour per cluster.
Join Dave at his discussion with Alex Williams and other container luminaries about the future of containers and security Nov 9 at IC3.