We are delighted to announce that
Istio is now a graduated Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) project.
We would like to thank our TOC sponsors
Emily Fox and Nikhita Raghunath, and everyone who has collaborated over the past six years on Istio’s design, development, and deployment.
As before, project work continues uninterrupted. We were excited to
bring ambient mesh to Alpha in Istio 1.18 and are continuing to drive it to production readiness. Sidecar deployments remain the recommended method of using Istio, and our 1.19 release will support a new sidecar container feature in Alpha in Kubernetes 1.28.
We have been delighted to welcome Microsoft to our community after
their decision to archive the Open Service Mesh project and collaborate together on Istio. As the third most active CNCF project in terms of PRs, and with support from over 20 vendors and dozens of contributing companies, there is simply no better choice for a service mesh.
We would like to invite the Istio community to
submit a talk to the upcoming virtual IstioCon 2023, the companion full day, in-person event co-located with KubeCon China in Shanghai, or Istio Day co-located with KubeCon NA in Chicago. Watch a video
In this video for
Techstrong TV, I talk about the history of the project, and what graduation means to us. Words of support from our alumni
announced our incubation, we mentioned that the journey began with Istio’s inception in 2016. One of the great things about collaborative open source projects is that people come and go from employers, but their affiliation with a project can remain. Some of our original contributors founded companies based on Istio; some moved to other companies that support it; and some are still working on it at Google or IBM, six years later.
The announcement from the CNCF and blog posts from
Intel, Red Hat, Solo.io, Tetrate, VMware and DaoCloud summarize the thoughts and feelings of those working on the project today.
We also reached out to some contributors who have moved on from the project, to share their thoughts.
From the very beginning of Istio, we wished for it to join its big brother Kubernetes as a core part of the CNCF landscape. Seeing all that the Istio project has accomplished since those early days is an amazing gift. I couldn’t be prouder of what the community has accomplished and what this graduation means to the continued success of the project.
As a co-founder of the Istio service mesh, it is very gratifying to see how far we have come. We started off with a vision for an infrastructure that provided security, observability and programmability out of the box to cloud native and legacy applications. We were humbled by the dramatic adoption across enterprises and grateful for the trust people placed in the Istio team when they deployed critical production workloads on Istio. Graduating from CNCF is a great formal validation and recognition of our vision, our project and the huge community we have built so far.
When we launched Istio six years ago, we knew it would make waves, but we didn’t realize that we had opened the floodgate. It grew beyond any of our wildest imagination, and today Istio marks another milestone. As a founding member and as someone who got to play almost every role on this product over the years, I’m infinitely grateful to have been part of Istio’s incredible journey.
When we started Istio, before the concept of a service mesh existed, we had a broad idea of what it would be, but the details were murky. It was exciting to see the tech quickly evolve and grow into an invaluable asset for the community. It’s gratifying that all this hard work has led us to this point.
When we were building the initial prototypes for what would become Istio, we had hopes that others would see the value in what we were creating, and that it would make a positive impact on the way in which organizations built, managed, and monitored their production services. Graduation from CNCF marks a realization, beyond any reasonable measure, of those initial aspirations. Of course, such a milestone is only achievable with contributions from a large community of passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated individuals. This achievement is a celebration of the kindness, patience, and expertise they have shared over the years. May the project continue to grow and help its users deliver secure, monitored services for many years to come!
During my time as a contributor and leader within the Istio community, Istio repeatedly showed itself to be a powerful platform with the tools organizations need at the center of their security, networking, and observability strategies. I’m especially proud of the optimizations we made in the Product Security and Test and Release work groups to prioritize users’ needs through secure, reliable, and predictable features and releases. Istio’s graduation in CNCF is a huge step forward for the community, validating all of the hard work we’ve contributed. Congratulations to the community. I’m excited to see where Istio goes next.