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F5 To Increase Open Source Development, Expand Engagement With Broader NGINX Community


At NGINX Sprint 2.0, F5 announced it will increase open source development and expand engagement with the broader NGINX community to encourage more contributions. To enable developers and DevOps professionals to accelerate delivery of their applications, F5 will release new open source versions of leading management solutions, along with a new open source modern application reference architecture.

F5 also announced Now Arriving, an interactive community experience featuring seven different immersive digital environments designed by artists and developers.

The commitments announced at the Sprint 2.0 virtual conference unfold across three key areas: 1) F5 plans to work with the community on GitHub, building new open source projects in a transparent way with issue tracking, release notes and documentation to accelerate innovation.2) F5 will now offer free and open source NGINX control plane technologies, as well as new management plane and abstracted workflow capabilities. 3) To support applications at scale, commercial versions of NGINX will be available with additional security, governance, observability and management capabilities. F5 will clearly define what goes into open source and what goes into its commercial offerings so customers can choose what’s right for them.

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While F5 has long been a strong supporter of Kubernetes, today the company announced it is officially joining the Kubernetes community and actively participating in the Kubernetes Ingress project founded by Alejandro de Brito Fontes. The company will bring in dedicated resources and formally adopt the project in its organization.

F5 also announced it is joining the Gateway API community and will be lending its experience and history to help evolve the standard. F5 is committed to implementing its own gateway controller based on NGINX to ensure that NGINX and Kubernetes remain tightly aligned in the future.

To help accelerate innovation, the company also announced an industry effort to create a working microservices-based application that development teams can get up and running in minutes. The new framework takes a modular approach that includes a code repository, CI/CD tools, automation, networking, login, security, monitoring and more — all pre-integrated so that developers can get started quickly.

F5 will continue to enhance this project with more choice in various modules, and asks that the open source community join in bringing this reference architecture to life. The new project is accessible now on GitHub.

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