Kong Releases New Version of Kuma to Bring Service Mesh to Hybrid Workloads
SAN FRANCISCO, June 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kong Inc., the leading cloud connectivity company, today announced a significant upgrade to open source Kuma, the universal service mesh originally released in September 2019. The centerpiece of Kuma 0.6 is its powerful 'hybrid universal mode' designed to enable Kuma service meshes to support complex applications running across heterogeneous environments, including VMs, multiple Kubernetes clusters and multiple data centers. Built to meet enterprise service mesh requirements out-of-the-box, Kuma will help accelerate an organization's digital transformation and increase business agility by making it easier to manage, secure and govern connectivity across the entire organization.
IDC predicts global digital transformation spend will reach $2.3 trillion in 2023 and account for more than 50 percent of information and communications technology spend. Organizations across industries are transitioning to distributed architectures and service-driven applications. This has given rise to the service mesh infrastructure ecosystem, which has seen significant investment, vendor support and technology innovation over the past 18 months. The new release of Kuma is uniquely designed for broad enterprise adoption and to meet the needs of organizations with heterogeneous network and application architectures.
Based on the popular open source Envoy proxy, Kuma provides the most portable, secure and robust control plane for service mesh available in the industry. It enables comprehensive visibility and simplified management of service mesh workloads running on any platform and in multiple data centers as if they were running in one cluster to provide a scalable solution for hybrid workloads. Kuma is the first Envoy-based service mesh control plane project now governed by the CNCF (see related press release issued today). To download Kuma 0.6, please visit https://kuma.io/.
Introducing Hybrid Universal Mode for Complex Service Meshes
"With Kuma, TELUS Digital will be able to deliver the fast, secure and innovative solutions that our customers require," said Luca Maraschi, chief architect at TELUS Digital. "One of the many things we love about Kuma is that it abstracts away the complexity and fully supports our zero-trust network. Because TELUS Digital lives in the cloud, security is of the utmost importance and Kuma enables us to enforce zero-trust networking policy in a simple way. We also plan to expand our use of Kuma across the organization to accelerate Telus' broader digital transformation in the coming months."
"A service mesh is more valuable as the number of services grows. Managing an enterprise network with new and old applications running on both new and old platforms, combined with a rapidly growing number of service-driven applications, presents technology leaders with an overwhelming task fraught with hidden risks, limited visibility, and insecure and unreliable connection points that are hard to pinpoint," said Marco Palladino, CTO and co-founder of Kong Inc. "Service mesh was designed to precisely solve this problem, but solutions weren't ready for enterprise prime-time – until now. With Kuma 0.6, we're providing an out-of-the-box solution built for the most demanding enterprise mesh requirements that removes the complexity and automates the hard parts so that organizations can reap the benefits of service mesh."
Modern infrastructure is open source, and open source has always been part of Kong's DNA. To further strengthen Kong's commitment to open source, Kuma is now the only Envoy-based service mesh in the industry with an open governance contribution model. Architects and developers from all over the world can be part of Kuma's development by joining the bi-weekly Kuma community calls at https://kuma.io/community/.
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