Container Network Interface Project Joins CNCF

CNI had already become a defacto dependency for Kubernetes and now the project is formally part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

 By Sean Michael Kerner
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In a somewhat obvious move, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has added the Container Networking Interface (CNI) open-source project to its roster. CNI provides an abstraction layer that enables networking technologies to be plugged in to provide container networking capabilities.

CNI is now the tenth official project that is part of the CNCF. At the Cloud Native Computing Foundation/Kubecon event in March 2017, the CNCF added Dockers' Containerd and CoreOS' rkt container runtimes as the seventh and eighth projects.

CNCF itself is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and is home to the Kubernetes container orchestration and management platform.

In a video interview conducted at Kubecon, Chris Aniszczyk, COO of Cloud Native Computing Foundation discussed the importance of CNI and why it would likely become part of the CNCF.

The core CNI specification that defines the API between network plugins and container runtimes and was originally created by CoreOS.

Watch the full video interview with Chris Aniszczyk below:


Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

This article was originally published on May 23, 2017
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