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It’s only been two weeks since Microsoft made news by signing up as a platinum member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a Linux Foundation project and the organization behind the open source container orchestration platform Kubernetes. At the time, that made Amazon Web Services the only major public cloud provider that wasn’t a member, and it wasn’t expected to sign on anytime soon because it has its own container orchestration platform, Elastic Container Service.
Actually, Amazon’s homegrown platform serves to make AWS a walled garden where containers are involved, since it isn’t portable. When it comes to containers orchestrated on AWS with ESC, its the cloud equivalent of “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
Now, however, AWS has evidently decided that if you can’t lick ‘em, join ‘em.
Today CNCF announced that AWS has agreed to pay $370,000 per year to join Microsoft, Google, Huawei, IBM and 11 others as a top level platinum member. AWS’s vice president of cloud architecture strategy, Adrian Cockcroft, will join CNCF’s governing board — which is one of the perks of having a platinum seat.
So why the sudden turn around? For starters, Kubernetes might be the most well known and largest project managed by CNCF, but there are others that are officially supported on AWS — most notably containerd, the container runtime that ironically provides

 

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It’s happened again. Microsoft has joined yet another open source group. Whatever happened to Redmond’s long held belief that open source is a cancer? Times change, and evidently Microsoft has learned to change with them.
On Wednesday the company announced it’s joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation as a top tier platinum member. The foundation is a project of the Linux Foundation, where Microsoft is also a platinum member. According to CNCF’s website, the membership is costing Microsoft $370,000 per year.
“We have contributed across many cloud native projects, including Kubernetes, Helm, containerd, and gRPC, and plan to expand our involvement in the future,” said Corey Sanders, Microsoft’s partner director. “Joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is another natural step on our open source journey, and we look forward to learning and engaging with the community on a deeper level as a CNCF member.”
Although the foundation hosts at least 10 projects, including containerd and gRPC (which Sanders mentioned in his statement), the organization’s crown jewel is Kubernetes, which has become an essential element for managing containers. Having input into the direction of Kubernetes’ development is most of what Microsoft is buying with this membership.
Redmond considers Kubernetes an important part of both Azure and its Azure Container Service. So important that in May the company

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