Unlocking the Secrets of CNCF Landscape: A Beginner's Guide to Mastering the Stages of Cloud-Native

Cloud Native Vadodara

May 30, 2:30 – 3:15 PM

Virtual event

Join us on an exciting journey through the CNCF landscape! Discover the hidden pathways of cloud-native projects and learn how to navigate from Sandbox to Graduation like a pro. Perfect for tech enthusiasts and budding cloud-native pioneers—don't miss out on these insider secrets that will supercharge your understanding and involvement in the CNCF ecosystem!

About this event

Understanding the CNCF Landscape
The CNCF is a non-profit organization that supports and sustains open-source projects that are integral to the cloud-native ecosystem. It serves as a hub for collaboration and innovation in cloud-native technologies. The CNCF landscape is categorized into different stages: Sandbox, Incubating, and Graduated.

1. Sandbox
Purpose: The Sandbox stage is an entry point for early-stage projects. It provides a space for experimentation and development.
Criteria: Projects in this stage are often new and not yet widely adopted. They should demonstrate a clear vision and initial community traction.
Examples: Projects like Argo and KubeEdge started in the Sandbox before gaining wider recognition.
Benefits: Sandbox projects get access to CNCF's resources, community, and marketing support to grow and mature.

2. Incubating
Purpose: The Incubating stage is for projects that have proven their viability and are on the path to broader adoption.
Criteria: Projects must demonstrate a healthy level of contributions, user adoption, and a stable codebase. They should also have a clear roadmap and governance model.
Examples: Projects like Envoy and Jaeger were once in the Incubating stage before moving to Graduation.
Benefits: Incubating projects receive increased support from the CNCF, including funding, legal assistance, and more significant community engagement.

3. Graduated
Purpose: The Graduated stage represents the highest level of maturity and adoption within the CNCF.
Criteria: Projects must have a robust and diverse contributor base, wide industry adoption, and a strong governance model. They should also have demonstrated long-term sustainability and security.
Examples: Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy are prominent examples of Graduated projects.
Benefits: Graduated projects are recognized as stable and reliable solutions for production environments. They receive the highest level of CNCF support and promotion.
Insider Secrets to Navigate the CNCF Landscape

1. Community Engagement
Engaging with the community is crucial at every stage. Participate in CNCF events, join SIGs (Special Interest Groups), and contribute to discussions on GitHub and mailing lists. Building relationships with other contributors and users can accelerate your project's growth and adoption.

2. Clear Documentation and Roadmap
Ensure your project has comprehensive documentation and a clear roadmap. This helps potential users and contributors understand the project's goals, usage, and how they can get involved. Regularly update your documentation to reflect changes and improvements.

3. Diverse Contributor Base
Aim to build a diverse contributor base from the start. Encourage contributions from different organizations, backgrounds, and geographical locations. This diversity strengthens your project and helps it meet the CNCF's criteria for progression.

4. Strong Governance Model
Establish a transparent and effective governance model early on. Define roles, responsibilities, and decision-making processes. A well-governed project is more likely to gain trust and attract contributions from the community.

5. Focus on Security and Stability
Security and stability are paramount, especially as your project moves towards Graduation. Implement best practices for code quality, testing, and security. Regularly audit your code and address vulnerabilities promptly.

6. Showcase Real-World Use Cases
Highlight real-world use cases and success stories to demonstrate your project's value. Case studies from users in different industries can build credibility and attract more users and contributors.

7. Leverage CNCF Resources
Take full advantage of the resources offered by the CNCF. This includes funding, marketing support, technical resources, and mentorship from other successful projects. The CNCF community is a valuable asset in your project's journey.


  • Ankit Kumar

    Approver @CNCF, DevOps Engineer


  • Vandit Pandya


    Azure DevOps Engineer


  • Vandit Pandya

    Cloud Native Vadodara Organizer

  • Ravi Soni

    Organizer | Cloud Architect at Rishabh Software

  • Dr. Vyas


    Organizer | Head Cloud Security and BI