In April, I became a CNCF Ambassador! For those who aren’t aware, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is an open source body enabling communities around dedicated projects focused on container and microservice based architectures. With all of the exciting movement around projects like Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy, its nice to have a vendor-neutral foundation backing the continued growth and stability of promising new open source projects.

Through things like webinars, conferences, certifications, meetups, and other vessels are being bolstered by the CNCF to further people’s understanding and involvement with CNCF backed projects. My meetup, Orchestructure, is one example of a CNCF supported group with additional resources. Part of the Linux Foundation, the CNCF is well structured and supported to effectively continue being an essential part of the modern cloud ecosystem.

Beyond the cool title, Ambassadors help in a multitude of ways to enable the communities around CNCF projects to achieve new heights. We do this by working together to fuel obtaining speakers, planning events, launching initiatives, and coordinating contributions in things like conferences or webinars related to a given project. For myself, the best part is the engagement I get with other driven individuals who also adopt, contribute, and love these projects as much as I do.

Chris Aniszczyk has an amazing post detailing why an organization like the CNCF matters and how it aids the overall open infrastructure movement. I urge you to peruse the CNCF site, take part in a webinar, attend a meetup, or contribute to one of the official projects. In it, you’ll find a warm, welcoming group of focused individuals dedicated to making this growing environment as fruitful as possible.

Mario Loria is a builder of diverse infrastructure with modern workloads on both bare-metal and cloud platforms. He's traversed roles in system administration, network engineering, and DevOps. You can learn more about him here.