The shift to online due to COVID-19 has led to an increased need for compute and cloud native, according to Priyanka Sharma, general manager for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). She shared that and other perspectives during a press panel held during this week’s Kubecon + CloudNativeCon, a gathering of open source and cloud native technologists held virtually this year and hosted by the CNCF.
The collective increased dependency on online resources has meant more use of containers in production, she said, along with the building of more open source technology that is then donated. This could mean the transformation and changes underway within many organizations may be accelerated, even after the pandemic is resolved. “It’s likely that by 2025, two-thirds of enterprises will be prolific software producers and over 90% of new apps will be cloud native,” Sharma said.
Joining her in the discussion with press and analysts were Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, and Liz Rice, vice president of open source engineering with Aqua Security. Rice also chairs CNCF’s technical oversight committee and said her team evaluates as many open source projects as possible that surface in the community to pick out high quality, high velocity, and cloud native examples. “We’re trying to assess projects that will be useful for cloud native end user organizations that are putting together their cloud native stack,” she said. There is no one size fits all when it comes to deciding on a stack, she said, as different components might serve different needs or environments better.
It is a bit of a race to keep pace because of the linear growth in the number of projects emerging, Rice said. “A huge proportion of the work we’re trying to do is look at new sandbox applications.”
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