Good strategy by Cisco to attempt to regain control the network edge. Having lost the battle with VMware to control the hypervisor in ESX and open source hypervisors (via Open vSwitch), Cisco must be looking to reassert its control and rebuild the moat to prevent customers quitting their products. Why Cisco has taken so long is open to debate.
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is mostly focussed on stewarding the Kubernetes ecosystem now the Google has open sourced it.
“The CNCF TOC wanted to tackle the basic primitives of cloud native and formed a working group around cloud native networking,” said Ken Owens, TOC project sponsor and CTO at Cisco. “CNI has become the defacto network interface today and has several interoperable solutions in production. Adopting CNI for the CNCF’s initial network interface for connectivity and portability is our primary order of business. With support from CNCF, our work group is in an excellent position to continue our work and look at models, patterns, and policy frameworks.”
I’m also guessing that Cisco’s Contiv project forms that basis of this initiative, given the names of those involved.
CNCF Hosts Container Networking Interface (CNI) – Cloud Native Computing Foundation : https://www.cncf.io/blog/2017/05/23/cncf-hosts-container-networking-interface-cni/
Link: Contiv – http://contiv.github.io/