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Google grants $9 million cloud credit to CNCF for further development of Kubernetes

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Google Cloud is granting $9 million cloud credit to Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) for further development of Kubernetes and empower the community.

Kubernetes, the open-source orchestration system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications, has grown incredibly in usage since Google launched it in 2014.

Currently, it is used by nearly 54% of Fortune 100 businesses in some capacity.  The developers use containers widely nowadays as it allows them to create one version of software that can run on many operating systems and servers.

Google has now started transferring ownership and management of the Kubernetes’s cloud resources to CNCF community contributors. The $9 million grant of Google Cloud Platform credits has been divided over the three years to cover the infrastructure costs related to Kubernetes development and distribution. It will include running the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines and delivering the container image download repository.

“Since releasing Kubernetes in 2014, Google has remained heavily involved in the project and actively contributes to its vibrant community. We also believe that for an open source project to truly thrive, all aspects of a mature project should be maintained by the people developing it,” said Sarah Novotny, Head of Open Source Strategy for Google Cloud.

“In passing the baton of operational responsibilities to Kubernetes contributors with the stewardship of the CNCF, we look forward to seeing how the project continues to evolve and experience breakneck adoption.”

As a part of the new move, CNCF and Kubernetes community members will take a number of responsibilities for Kubernetes project operations. These responsibilities will include operational tasks for the development of Kubernetes, and its maintenance and operations for the distribution.

The Google Cloud credit grant will primarily focus on improving the scalability testing and maintenance of infrastructure needed 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.”

Also read: Prometheus monitoring tool graduates from CNCF incubation

By sharing the operational responsibilities of Kubernetes with CNCF and community members, Google aims to see new ideas and efficiencies that will be brought to the Kubernetes operations by its contributors.

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