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Crossplane Becomes A CNCF Incubating Project

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The CNCF Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) has voted to accept Crossplane as a CNCF incubating project. Crossplane is an open source Kubernetes add-on that enables modern organizations to consume infrastructure through an open, community-driven, and standards-based universal control plane.

This control plane approach, first pioneered by the Kubernetes community, is transforming how platform teams automate infrastructure and empower developers to build faster through self-service provisioning.

With Crossplane, platform teams easily compose their own opinionated cloud APIs without having to write any code. Operators then offer it to their application teams as a self-service Kubernetes-style declarative API. Infrastructure provisioned through Crossplane is continuously reconciled, simplifying day 2 operations and eliminating configuration drift.

The project was created and open sourced by a team at Upbound in late 2018. It was accepted into the CNCF Sandbox in June 2020. Since then, Crossplane reached v1.0, its first major milestone, which declared it stable and ready to be used in production.

It is now used in production environments, including Accenture, BBD, CloudCheckr, Deutsche Bahn, DFDS, Mothership, Plotly, PTC, RipCord, Squiz, VSHN, Zego, and many more. It has also seen consistent community growth, including a 12x increase in container downloads, tripling of contributors, and 4x growth of Slack members.

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