Google Cloud to donate Istio service mesh to Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Google Cloud to donate Istio service mesh to Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Hot on the heels of donating the Knative serverless project, Google is donating its open source service mesh technology to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

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Google Cloud has submitted its popular open source service mesh technology Istio for donation to the vendor-neutral Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

“Today we are excited to announce that Google and the Istio Steering Committee have submittedthe Istio project for consideration as an incubating project,” Chen Goldberg, vice president of engineering at Google Cloud wrote in a blog post.

Launched in 2017, Istio allows developers to manage network traffic, telemetry, and security for applications deployed in containers and orchestrated with Kubernetes, which was itself donated to the CNCF by Google Cloud in 2015.

Other popular service mesh options include Linkerd and Consul by HashiCorp. Microsoft also announced in 2020 that it would release its own open source service mesh — called Open Service Mesh (OSM) — and transfer it to the CNCF.

Google Cloud said that if Istio is accepted by the CNCF it will continue to invest in the project as a key maintainer and through upstream contributions.

The technology giant had initially announced during KubeCon in 2019 that it wasn’t planning on donating either its popular serverless platform Knative or Istio to the CNCF any time soon, preferring to manage Istio itself under its Open Usage Commons foundation.

Google Cloud changed direction by donating Knative in November 2021, an application that was accepted by the CNCF as an incubating project in March 2022. Now the company has followed suit with Istio.

“Istio is the last major component of organisations’ Kubernetes ecosystem to sit outside of the CNCF, and its APIs are well-aligned to Kubernetes," Goldberg wrote. "On the heels of our recent donation of Knative to the CNCF, acceptance of Istio will complete our cloud-native stack under the auspices of the foundation, and bring Istio closer to the Kubernetes project."

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