Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm and a business unit of Alibaba Group, which was a golden member of CNCF until yesterday, has now become a platinum member of the Foundation.
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosts major open source technologies including Kubernetes for orchestration, Prometheus for monitoring, CoreDNS for service discovery, and several others.
Last month, Alibaba Cloud was certified for the Kubernetes container service by CNCF at the launch of Certified Kubernetes Conformance Program. Being a Platinum member, Alibaba aims to use more CNCF integrations and boost its expertise in cloud space.
As part of the membership, Hong Tang, Chief Architect of Alibaba Cloud, will join the Governing Board of CNCF.
“Alibaba Cloud is the biggest provider of cloud computing services in mainland China and third largest infrastructure as a service cloud computing provider worldwide. As enterprises throughout the world look to modernize application environments, we are here to lend our expertise,” said Hong Tang, Chief Architect at Alibaba Cloud. “As part of the CNCF community, Alibaba Cloud is adopting technologies developed through CNCF projects, contributing code to the projects and collaborating with fellow members.”
“As cloud native technologies make cloud portability possible, we see all the major cloud providers invest in Kubernetes while boosting their own competitive service offerings,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of CNCF. “We’re thrilled Alibaba Cloud decided to upgrade to platinum membership of CNCF after being such an active gold member. As one of the leading cloud providers in the world, the company offers tremendous knowledge and experience that benefits CNCF projects and our entire community.”
Alibaba is also the member of Xen Project and The Linux Foundation. At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Austin, TX, Mr. Tang shared insights about Alibaba’s hybrid cloud and container technologies. He said that Alibaba Cloud facilitated around 325,000 orders per second during 2017 11.11 Global Shopping Festival.
Along with Alibaba Cloud, 9 more companies including AWS, Dell, Microsoft, Oracle, Pivotal, SAP, VMware, and Mesosphere, upgraded to platinum membership of CNCF this year.
The other companies to join CNCF recently were Salesforce, JFrog and Baidu.