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Google has green-lighted the project’s admission to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

This week Google announced that they have submitted Knative to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) for consideration as an incubating project.

Knative adds the necessary components that enable Kubernetes users to more quickly deploy and manage their workloads on Kubernetes — but without the need to become Kubernetes experts. Additionally, Knative adds “serverless” runtime semantics, allowing users to reap the benefit of features such as quick load-based scaling and scaling to zero when idle.

In 2018, Google founded and released the Knative project. They then developed the project in close partnership with IBM, Red Hat, VMware, and SAP. But then, in 2019, Google stated that they “decided not to donate Knative to any foundation for the foreseeable future.” Now it looks like that foreseeable future only lasted a couple of years.

Google helps Knative “find a home” in the CNCF

Alexandra Bush and Edd Wilder-James of Google Open Source announced the decision in a blog post on Tuesday. “Over the last three years, Knative has become the most widely-installed serverless layer on Kubernetes,” they write. They add that with the release of Knative 1.0, the project “reached an important milestone.”

“Google has worked closely with key maintainers and partners on the evolution of Knative, including conformance definition and stability ahead of the 1.0 milestone,” they explained. “To enable the next phase of community-driven innovation in Knative, today we have submitted Knative to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) for consideration as an incubating project, which begins the process to donate the Knative trademark, IP, and code.”

“As a leader in serverless computing, we’re committed to the future of Knative,” they write. “Finding a home in the CNCF secures Knative’s long-term future and encourages continuing and open innovation.”

“This donation recognizes the adoption and investment in Knative from the community,” they continue, “and will encourage further multi-vendor innovation, broader education and training.”