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Mirantis has acquired Lens – the Kubernetes integrated development environment (IDE) open source project from its authors. According to the company, the acquisition brings multi-cluster management into the mainstream while greatly simplifying the experience for developers working with Kubernetes and cloud-native applications.

This follows the Mirantis acquisition of the team behind the product in February this year.

For the uninitiated, Lens was launched as an open source project in March 2020. With a growing community of 35,000 users and 7,000 stargazers on GitHub, it has become one of the top trending open source projects in the cloud-native ecosystem.

According to publicly available data, some of the largest companies in the world are using Lens to accelerate their Kubernetes efforts at scale, including Apple, Rakuten, Zendesk, TIM, and Adobe.

Lens is said to eliminate the Kubernetes complexity that has hindered mainstream developer adoption since its inception. The tool unlocks situational awareness and enables users to easily manage, develop, debug, monitor, and troubleshoot their workloads across multiple clusters in real time.

It supports any certified Kubernetes distribution on any infrastructure, providing freedom of choice for hundreds of enterprises around the world. Lens is a standalone desktop application and works with MacOS, Windows, and Linux operating systems.

With the acquisition, Mirantis plans to invest significantly in Lens future development while committing to continue working collaboratively with the Lens community and leading ecosystem players.

“Just like Visual Studio was a breakthrough for software developers, Lens is a game changer for Kubernetes developers and operators. It makes writing, testing and running Kubernetes apps easy and simple on any public or private cloud.” said Adrian Ionel, co-founder and CEO, Mirantis.

“Lens fills a major gap in moving people from being interested in Kubernetes to being productive with Kubernetes,” Ionel added.

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