At its KubeCon + CloudNativeCon convention this week, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) introduced a brand new program that goals to assist communication service suppliers and telcos undertake Kubernetes and different cloud native instruments. Going ahead, the CNCF will present a brand new certification, the Cloud Native Community Perform (CNF) Certification Program for Network Equipment Providers (NEPs), that certifies that these distributors comply with cloud native finest practices.
At first look, which will sound like numerous acronyms and yet one more certification, but it surely’s an attention-grabbing transfer for the CNCF, which hasn’t all the time centered on telco customers to the lengthen that it may have, and an acknowledgment that many of those enterprises at the moment are beginning to transfer away from their present infrastructure as cloud native options attain the sort of maturity that’s essential to run their networks. It additionally places the CNCF again into competitors with one other open supply basis, the OpenStack Basis, a venture that discovered numerous its latest success amongst telcos.
“Shifting to cloud native infrastructures has lengthy been troublesome for telecom suppliers who’ve transitioned to VNFs and located themselves with siloed assets and specialised options not constructed for the cloud,” mentioned Priyanka Sharma, Government Director of the Cloud Native Computing Basis. “The CNF Certification program is designed to fill this hole by creating options optimized for cloud native environments. Among the world’s largest telecom organizations, together with Huawei, Nokia, T-Mobile, and Vodafone, already use Kubernetes and different cloud native applied sciences, and this program will make it simpler for others to do the identical.”
The brand new (and open-sourced) check suite will help any product that runs in a CNCF-certified Kubernetes atmosphere and run about 70 workload checks. Distributors will be capable of self-verity their functions utilizing this check suite after which submit the outcomes to be thought of for certification.
“Constructing, deploying, and working Telco workloads throughout distributed cloud environments is advanced,” mentioned Tom Kivlin, Principal Cloud Architect at Vodafone. “It is very important undertake cloud native finest practices as we evolve to attain our targets for agility, automation, and optimization. The CNF Certification is a good instrument with which we will measure and drive cloud native practices throughout our platforms and community capabilities. We look ahead to working with our companions and the CNCF group to additional develop and drive adoption of the CNF Certification Program.”