Kong Inc. Donates Open Source Kuma to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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  • Kuma is a universal control plane that enables seamless management of any service on the network, from any platform
  • It features capabilities like multi-mesh support, hybrid universal mode, global/remote control plane scalability, and built-in service discovery and GUI, among other features

Kong Inc has announced that it has donated open source Kuma to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Sandbox project. The CNCF hosts critical components of the global technology infrastructure, including Kubernetes, and is focused on building sustainable ecosystems for cloud native software. It said that it became the first Envoy-based control plane for service mesh to be part of the foundation.

Matt Klein, creator of the Envoy proxy said, “It’s truly remarkable to see the ecosystem around Envoy continue to develop, and as a vendor-neutral organization, CNCF is the ideal home for Kuma. Now developers have access to the service mesh data plane they love with Envoy as well as a CNCF hosted Envoy-based control plane with Kuma, offering a powerful combination to make it easier to create and manage cloud native applications.”

Turnkey service mesh

Kuma is a universal control plane that enables seamless management of any service on the network, from any platform. It includes Kubernetes, containers, virtual machines, bare metal, and other environments. It said that Kuma focuses on ease of use and aims to be a turnkey service mesh that can quickly provide value to production environments. It features capabilities like multi-mesh support, hybrid universal mode, global/remote control plane scalability, and built-in service discovery and GUI, among other features.

Marco Palladino, CTO, and co-founder of Kong Inc said, “When Kong open sourced Kuma last year, our ultimate goal was to donate it to the CNCF, where it can serve the most good in the community and benefit from the brightest developer minds. The industry needs and deserves to have a cloud native, Envoy-based control plane that is open and not governed by a single commercial entity. From a technology standpoint, it makes no sense for individual companies to create their own control plane but rather build their own unique applications on proven technologies like Envoy and Kuma. We welcome the broader community to join Kuma on Slack and on our bi-weekly community calls to contribute to the project and continue the incredible momentum we have achieved so far.”

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