Amazon calls a $350,000 truce on the cloud wars and joins a Google-born cloud project

Business Insider | 8/10/2017 | Becky Peterson
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If you can't beat them, join them.

That's what Amazon Web Services (AWS), did when it officially joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) on Wednesday, just two weeks after Microsoft joined as well.

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With Amazon's membership, CNCF now has the support of all five of the top cloud service providers, which is good news for Kubernetes, a CNCF-managed container project.

Kubernetes was created by Google and is a key technology in Google's cloud. But Google gave the tech away as an open source project in 2014 and since then it's taken on a life of its own, with wide industry support.

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With AWS's blessing, this tech is one giant step closer to being the gold standard in what's known as "container management software," which is a technology that makes it easier to write apps for the cloud. By supporting Kubernetes, cloud vendors make it easier for their customers to jump ship from one cloud to the next.

Both Microsoft and AWS committed to paying $350,000 annually for a seat on the board, which gives the companies some say in how funding is allocated across projects at CNCF.

Amazon - Joining - End - Beginning - Dan

"We see Microsoft and Amazon joining as being the end of the beginning," Dan Kohn, executive...
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