Heptio Launches Gimbal - Open-Source Load Balancer for Kubernetes

24 April 2018
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Heptio Launches Gimbal - Open-Source Load Balancer for Kubernetes Image Credit: Heptio

Heptio, in collaboration with Actapio, a subsidiary of Yahoo Japan Corporation, announces Gimbal, an open source initiative to unify and scale the flow of network traffic into hybrid environments consisting of multiple Kubernetes clusters and traditional infrastructure technologies including OpenStack.

Gimbal is designed to remove obstacles for companies looking to adopt Kubernetes in their environments by routing high volume traffic into both Kubernetes clusters and existing solutions like OpenStack that often live side by side in the enterprise infrastructure. This cloud native solution is tailored for the highly dynamic nature of managing Kubernetes workloads, which expensive, existing solutions are not designed to do.

By using Gimbal, companies can leverage the agility of cloud native systems to modernize legacy infrastructure, giving them faster time-to-market at reduced cost, claims Heptio.

The Actapio implementation underscores Heptio’s business momentum since emerging from stealth in November of 2016. Gimbal is currently in alpha and under active development. Heptio and Actapio look forward to working with the open source community to build a flexible system.

Norifumi Matsuya, CEO and President, Actapio
We approached Heptio to help us modernize our infrastructure with Kubernetes without ripping out legacy investments in OpenStack and other back-end systems.

Craig McLuckie, founder and CEO, Heptio
Kubernetes is a natural starting point, but integrating it fully into the real world is still an evolving story. Systems like Gimbal help to pragmatically bridge existing systems and new cloud native infrastructure like Kubernetes. We have been thrilled to work with Actapio to look more broadly at traffic management.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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