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Cloud connectivity company Kong has updated its open-source service mesh Kuma and donated contributed it to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Sandbox project.

Based on the popular open source Envoy proxy, a graduated CNCF project, Kuma is a universal control plane. It is said to enable management of any service on the network, from any platform—including Kubernetes, containers, virtual machines, bare metal and other environments.

Kuma aims to be a turnkey service mesh that can quickly provide value to production environments. It features capabilities such as multi-mesh support, hybrid universal mode, global/remote control plane scalability, and built-in service discovery and GUI, among other features.

“Now developers have access to the service mesh data plane they love with Envoy as well as a CNCF hosted Envoy-based control plane with Kuma, offering a powerful combination to make it easier to create and manage cloud native applications,” Matt Klein, creator of the Envoy proxy, said.

Kong also announced an upgrade to Kuma, the universal service mesh originally released in September 2019. Kuma 0.6 is said to feature the new ‘hybrid universal mode’ to enable Kuma service meshes to support complex applications running across heterogeneous environments.

Other highlights include the support for global/remote control plane replication, a new ingress data plane and multi-zone DNS service discovery.

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