At its KubeCon + CloudNativeCon convention this week, the Cloud Native Computing Basis (CNCF) introduced a recent program that goals to assist communication service suppliers and telcos undertake Kubernetes and different cloud native instruments. Going ahead, the CNCF will present a recent certification, the Cloud Native Community Perform (CNF) Certification Program for Community Tools Suppliers (NEPs), that certifies that these distributors comply with cloud native greatest practices.
At first look, which will sound like a variety of acronyms and yet one more certification, nevertheless it’s an fascinating transfer for the CNCF, which hasn’t all the time targeted on telco customers to the prolong that it may have, and an acknowledgment that a lot of these enterprises at the moment are beginning to transfer away from their present infrastructure as cloud native options attain the sort of maturity that’s crucial to run their networks. It additionally places the CNCF again into competitors with one other open supply basis, the OpenStack Basis, a undertaking that discovered a variety of its latest success amongst telcos.
“Shifting to cloud native infrastructures has lengthy been tough for telecom suppliers who’ve transitioned to VNFs and located themselves with siloed sources and specialised options not constructed for the cloud,” stated 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. A few of the world’s largest telecom organizations, together with Huawei, Nokia, T-Cell, 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 surroundings and run about 70 workload checks. Distributors will give you the chance to self-verity their functions utilizing this check suite after which submit the outcomes to be thought-about for certification.
“Constructing, deploying, and working Telco workloads throughout distributed cloud environments is complicated,” stated Tom Kivlin, Principal Cloud Architect at Vodafone. “It will be significant to undertake cloud native greatest practices as we evolve to realize our objectives for agility, automation, and optimization. The CNF Certification is an important software with which we will measure and drive cloud native practices throughout our platforms and community features. We stay up for working with our companions and the CNCF neighborhood to additional develop and drive adoption of the CNF Certification Program.”