F5 Underscores Open Source Commitment
August 23, 2021
has made several new developments that underscore its support
for customers managing the accelerating pace of digital transformation and the
critical role of open source technology in driving modern digital experiences.
“Over the past year we’ve provided capabilities customers rely on to deliver the
next generation of compelling digital experiences, from the code the developers
build to the customers who consume those experiences,” said Rob Whiteley, vice
president and general manager of the NGINX Product Group at F5. “We are ramping
up the pace of innovation and commitment to customers and the open source
community to help them more effectively scale and manage modern application
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. The company also announced it will take an active role in the
Kubernetes Ingress project and will join the Gateway API community.
To illustrate the power of its open source platform, F5 also unveiled Now
Arriving, an interactive community experience featuring seven different
immersive digital environments designed by artists and developers.
Three commitments for NGINX open source
F5 announced it will increase open source development and expand engagement
with the broader NGINX community to encourage more contributions. The
commitments announced at Sprint 2.0 unfold across three key areas:
More open source offerings and community contribution. 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.
More innovation across the data, management and control planes. Historically
NGINX has focused its open source efforts on the data plane. F5 will now offer
free and open source NGINX control plane technologies, as well as new management
plane and abstracted workflow capabilities.
Commercial versions of all open source NGINX products. 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.
Partnering for the future of Kubernetes
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.
“We are supporting the Ingress project to ensure it continues to thrive,”
Whiteley said. “We aim to be the number one contributor to this project because
we want to make sure that users can be assured that future versions of
Kubernetes can continue to rely on NGINX.”
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.