Cloud Native Glossary

The Cloud Native Glossary is a project led by the CNCF Business Value Subcommittee (BVS). Its goal is to explain cloud native concepts in clear and simple language without requiring any previous technical knowledge.

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Everybody is invited to suggest changes, additions, and improvements to the Cloud Native Glossary. We employ a community-driven process governed by the CNCF to develop and improve upon this shared lexicon. This Glossary provides a vendor-neutral platform to organize a shared vocabulary around cloud native technologies. Contributions are welcome from all participants who abide by the project’s purpose and charter.

Anyone who wishes to make a contribution may submit a GitHub issue or create a pull request. Please ensure you follow the Style Guide, read the How To Contribute doc, and join the #glossary channel on the CNCF Slack. There is also a #glossary-localizations channel for those who want to help translate the glossary into their native language.


The Cloud Native Glossary was initiated by the CNCF Marketing Committee (Business Value Subcommittee) and includes contributions from Catherine Paganini, Chris Aniszczyk, Daniel Jones, Jason Morgan, Katelin Ramer, Mike Foster, and many more contributors. For a complete contributor list, please refer to this GitHub page.

The Glossary is maintained by Catherine Paganini, Jason Morgan, Jihoon Seo, Noah Ispas, and Seokho Son.


All code contributions are under the Apache 2.0 license. Documentation is distributed under CC BY 4.0.