The latest version of Kubernetes was announced ahead of CNCF's event, with a range of new features including support for 5,000-node clusters. Kubernetes federation also enables users to scale beyond this level or spread across multiple regions or cloud, combining multiple clusters.
"The theme for this release is multi-teams, multi-workloads at scale. It is a result of 5,000 commits, 275 authors from everywhere around the world," said Aparna Sinha, Kubernetes senior product manager at Google.
There were also additions around role-based access control to address security concerns and dynamic storage provisioning.
Sinha highlighted the core role that Kubernetes has been playing in popularising containers and cloud-native technologies more generally through an open source approach. "[Kubernetes] is attempting to redefine how the world runs applications on distributed systems and we believe that this is only possible through an open and transparent and diverse community of users and contributors."
It is clear that more and more organisations are adopting containers, and even moving on from development and test to production uses. A 451 Research survey from May 2016 showed that of the 25 percent of organisations polled which are using containers, 34 percent were in "broad implementation" of production applications, and 28 percent had begun initial implementation in production.
It is still early days for CNCF, and there are some questions around the maturity of container technologies among more traditional enterprises, but it along with a range of related open source foundations such as Cloud Foundry, OpenStack and the Open Container Initiative is helping to develop the technology to achieve the growth predicted.
CNCF's Dan Kohn highlighted the growth of its European event, with 1,500 attendees in Berlin a significant increase on the 500 attendees at the KubeCon event in London last year. "This is testament to the excitement around Kubernetes and cloud-native in general," he said.
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