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Containers are Linux. Products run the enterprise. So why are we swimming in a sea of Kubernetes project-based services?

Enterprises require commercial open source products, not open source projects. The rush to enable and adopt Kubernetes is evident with nearly weekly announcements of new Kubernetes distributions or services. The CNCF Kubernetes Conformance Program lists, as of this writing, at least 37 conformant software distributions of Kubernetes alone, plus additional hosted services. That’s a lot of choice. But many of these vendors and organizations are certifying and delivering just Kubernetes, or Kubernetes plus one or two components that add some extended functionality, not an overall solution or platform in which Kubernetes plays a part. Just like the Linux Foundation is the governing body for the upstream development of Linux, which is also one piece of the much larger operating system platform, so is CNCF the governing body for Kubernetes. Conformance in the upstream development stage does not...

Containers are Linux. Products run the enterprise. So why are we swimming in a sea of Kubernetes project-based services?

Linux - the foundation of any container platform Linux, today, remains at the core of open source software development. This is because all applications and computing need an operating system underneath. With the advent of Linux becoming so mainstream and freely available - and thus available to all developers, it’s become the center of technology adoption. Therefore, Linux is driving innovation in enterprise IT today. Often, extraordinary innovation is iterative. Just as Linux over time has become more powerful to now be a primary innovation engine and operating system driving the datacenter and cloud, so have some of the most notable surrounding open source developed technologies, such as Mozilla Firefox, Apache HTTP Server, BIND and others, which drive the Internet backbone. Most recently, Linux containers and Kubernetes have come to the forefront of a hybrid cloud architecture. Every...