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Serverless and Knative Underline Cloud Native Evolution

December 28, 2018 / Dan Meyer

Serverless computing played an interesting subplot at the recent KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 event in Seattle, where a number of keynotes and panels were dedicated to the topic of how these systems will impact the evolution of cloud native. Most of the attention, not surprisingly, centered on the Knative platform that relies on Kubernetes as an orchestration layer for serverless workloads. The platform was developed by Google, Pivotal, IBM, SAP, and Red Hat, and launched at the Google Next event in July. Knative is an open source set of components that allows for the building and deployment of container-based serverless applications that can be transported between cloud providers. It’s focused on orchestrating source-to-container builds; routing and managing traffic during deployment; auto-scaling workloads; and binding services to event ecosystems. It’s basically a way to use Kubernetes to liberate management of serverless platforms from specific cloud prov...