The last stop in this year's Kyma journey lands in Armenia to visit Yerevan, one of the oldest cities in the world. Yerevan is called the "pink city" due to the color of the stone used for building. Staying in the same tone, we put on the rose-colored glasses and look forward to the future releases that are to come in 2021. For the time being, read about the changes introduced in 1.18 that focus mostly on CLI, Monitoring, Kiali, and Console.
Good things take time to build. This is true for both the new Kyma release and the city it is named after - Xinzhou - located near the notorious Great Wall of China. This release includes updates to many Kyma features, including Serverless, Monitoring, Tracing, Kiali, Eventing, and others. Read the release notes to find out more.
Same language, different city! After leaving Ulm, we take a short trip to the City of Music, Vienna. We all know Vienna for the famous musicians that were either born there or went there to work. But did you know that Vienna was the largest German-speaking city in the world up to the 20th century, and to date remains the second-largest one, after Berlin? Not to mention the beautiful architecture of the city! Inspired by the views, we worked on improving our Console UI. We also added more documentation sources to the website. Lastly, we worked on tweaks and improvements for monitoring, Kyma CLI, and the ORY stack. Read the notes to find out more.
After a stop in the Land of Cherry Blossoms, we set a course for the Old Continent and the German city of Ulm. Such sudden changes of directions followed by long and challenging journeys are not entirely metaphorical when you think of Kyma, let alone this release. Ulm 1.14 was dominated by the leitmotif of Helm 3. We made our best efforts to ensure all our components are compatible with Helm 3, removing Tiller and related security vulnerabilities. As for the "twists and turns" part, Serverless underwent yet another transformation, this time switching from Knative Serving to pure Kubernetes resources. In addition to that, we bet once again on improving UX by enriching the Namespace details view and introducing more discrete pop-ups in the Console UI. Although extensive, this overview is not exhaustive at all. Keep on reading for a complete list of features brought to you by Ulm 1.14.
In Japanese culture, there is a concept of kintsugi (金継ぎ) which can be loosely translated as "golden joinery." It assumes mending objects with gold so that they become more beautiful after the improvements. With the 1.13 Tokyo release, we follow this amazing custom and provide some golden improvements to Kyma features. This includes installation improvements in the Kyma Operator, a couple of tweaks in the brand new Serverless, and changes in the Kyma CLI command nomenclature. Apart from that, this release brings yet another set of new Compass features and redesigned backup functionality. Read on for the full story behind Kyma 1.13 Tokyo.
Our website has many "fathers" who have maintained it ever since it was born out of the burning need for a homepage for our soon-to-be-open-sourced Kyma. It has evolved in time, in an agile spirit, extended with new views and features that were added whenever the need arose or an idea for improvement popped into our heads. As much as we love it, we realize it might seem a bit complex, especially for those who contribute to it for the first time. That is why we wrote this post to explain which tools we decided to use, how the website is built, and where all the sources sit — all this aiming to "tame the beast" and bring it a bit closer to you.
Even though the current situation calls for some stay-at-home time, we don't lose our sense of adventure. The Kyma ship leaves Rome and embarks on a long, exciting journey all the way to Santiago de Chile, using the time well to deliver a set of new features. Join us in celebration, and once you get a glimpse of the majestic Andes surrounding the city, explore what Kyma 1.12 has to offer. This release brings API Gateway v2 as the sole mechanism for exposing services, introduces refurbished Serverless and a fresh set of features brought in by Compass - all that topped off with brand new Kiali and Tracing. For more details, read the full story behind Kyma 1.12 Santiago.
There's a saying that all roads lead to Rome. We don't know about all, but ours certainly does with the release of Kyma 1.11. And just like this beautiful city, this release has lots to offer. The Roman emperor Augustus said: “I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.” We, too, strive to make Kyma even better with each release. We introduced many security improvements, stabilized logging and monitoring, added a new retry mechanism in the Kyma installer and an experimental Function Controller - and these are just some of the changes. Read on to learn more about new functionalities, improvements, and changes that we introduce in Kyma 1.11.
The journey all the way from Paris 1.9 to Quebec 1.10 turned out to be quite extensive but rewarding for the Kyma crew. We reached Quebec with recharged batteries, leveling them up to Kubernetes 1.16, Istio 1.4.3, Minikube 1.6, and Velero 1.2. We created production profiles for Istio and ORY, made a few tweaks in Compass, and introduced native DNS support for Kyma provisioned on Gardener clusters. Finally, we managed to add a few optional features, such as the API Rules view in the Console UI or the new Knative Kafka channel for event forwarding. For more details, read the full story behind Kyma 1.10 Quebec.
In Kubernetes, you often come across projects that are true mosaics of cloud-native applications. We don't meet too many stand-alone services in such a microservice architecture, as most of them have dependencies that aren't immediately obvious. Integrating such pieces and checking if they all work together may be a daunting challenge.
Bonjour à tous! Welcome to Paris where we land surrounded by breathtaking architecture and renowned galleries. Slightly intimidated by the beauty of the cultural capital of Europe, we stopped to proudly exhibit Kyma 1.9 with its new features. In this release we focused on Compass functionalities, monitoring updates, and new request headers and query parameters in the Application Connector. We also worked on creating Rafter - a standalone project for managing assets through custom resources - and integrated it in Kyma. Read the full release notes for the complete list of improvements offered by the 1.9 release. Voilà!
This blog post outlines how we are building a large e-commerce platform for one of our biggest clients leveraging Kyma.
With winter right around the corner, we're taking a Nordic stop at our exciting one-city one-release journey. Like clockwork, four weeks after visiting New Delhi, we're calling at a port in Oslo to take in the views and feel Kyma 1.8-infused hygge. With enhanced Compass Provisioner, improvements to the CLI, Istio upgrade, and more, Kyma 1.8 Oslo is as solid as a Norwegian biathlete. Read on to learn more about the new features in Kyma 1.8.
Not much time has passed since the last stop in Munich, and yet we're already landing in India with the brand new Kyma 1.7 New Delhi release. There's no wonder we're moving around the globe so fast as the main focus in this release was put on extending Compass functionalities. Apart from that, the Helm Broker becomes more independent as a separate component, and both CLI and Security get more improvements. Read on to learn more about the new features in Kyma 1.7.
In 2012, GraphQL was released to the public by Facebook. While this was quite some time ago, the GraphQL community grew larger and stronger over the years. If you still have not heard about GraphQL, it is a query language and execution engine - and many who got in touch with GraphQL now question REST as the predominant API style. This guest post will give you a little introduction to GraphQL and then outline how we successfully prototyped a GraphQL integration with Kyma.
We can't even imagine a better time to visit Munich than October. While the capital of Bavaria enjoys Oktoberfest, Kyma raises a glass to the 1.6 release - an event surely worth celebrating. To start with, our automated pipelines make sure that Kyma runs on Kubernetes 1.14 on GKE and AKS. We are also happy to announce two recent additions to the Kyma family: Compass and Hydroform. The work in the improvements department does not slow down, bringing you a brand new API Gateway, refurbished UI component, and simplified Logging UI. The Kyma-Knative cooperation evolves, resulting in Function Controller and Event Bus enhancements. Read the full release notes for the complete list of improvements offered by the 1.6 release.
Our next, sunny stop - Lima may falsely suggest that the Kyma crew eased off a bit in the last couple of weeks and got carried away by the relaxing summer atmosphere. Nothing further from the truth. Kyma 1.5 Lima brings quite a few interesting changes. Above all, we ensured that all Kyma components are compatible with Kubernetes 1.15. We also provided Namespace-level addons configurations and added the experimental function controller module that is based on Knative. Read the full release notes for the complete list of improvements offered by the 1.5 release.
Straight from Indonesian Jakarta, we sail to Japan. Let's stop in one of its beautiful temples and ponder over what the 1.4 Kyoto Release has to offer. Being hard-working as the Japanese, Kyma busy bees introduced many improvements in their components, including the Application Connector, Console, Kiali, and Headless CMS. Read on to find out what has changed in Kyma since 1.3.
Working with others is always a great opportunity to learn and grow, so we simply couldn't say "no" to working with the team at Ory when such opportunity arose. Making Kyma even more secure, gaining new experience, working with awesome people, and contributing to another project at the same time? Read on to find out how we're joining forces with Ory to bring an OAuth server to Kyma and contribute a completely new component to the lair of Hydra and its Oathkeeper.
Kyma is already 1 year old and we have a feeling it has only recently been open-sourced. Let me take you on a journey to the past to bring back the most interesting moments. Once we look back, let us see what the future brings.
It was a warm and sunny July day in San Francisco (not kidding!) when we got into the crowded Moscone West conference center for a session entitled “Serverless on Google Cloud”. On that very stage at Google Cloud Next 2018, both Knative and Kyma projects were announced and officially saw the light of day. Since then a lot of code was written and rewritten, shaping an extraordinary first year for both projects. You can go through some of the most memorable moments throughout Kyma’s first year or Knative's first year recaps.
With summer in full swing and people enjoying their long-expected holidays, you might've thought that you're not going to get any news from us for some time now. Wrong! We're continuing our travels through the summer holidays season and this time around we're headed to Kyoto. Let's have a look at the new features and improvements planned for the 1.4 release, shall we?
After a short stop in Istanbul, we move forward to Jakarta with the brand new Kyma 1.3 release, which brings you a set of significant improvements in many components, including the Console and Kyma CLI. It also introduces the CloudEvents specification 0.3 for Event delivery and comes with even more useful documents that will guide you through the project. Read on to find out what Kyma 1.3 has to offer.
Cloud-native application development is now a hot topic in the industry. Developers want to use modern languages, write microservices or even serverless functions. They expect high scalability with modern monitoring tools like Prometheus and Grafana. Kubernetes and CNCF landscape projects are no longer perceived as hype for early adopters. This is the mainstream now. If you start a new, green field project you are lucky - you can dive into the great variety of tools and frameworks and use them. But how to pick the right tools? At the moment of writing this post, there are 686 projects registered in the CNCF landscape. We also have the less lucky developers who still have to deal with applications designed when monoliths were cool. What about them? Can they benefit from cloud-native patterns? Yes, they can!
It's about time to sail our ship to Istanbul and see all of the new features and tweaks that come with the 1.2 release. This time around we focused on streamlining the installation flow, providing a simpler way of testing lambda functions, giving more power and flexibility to Kyma Eventing, migrating to a new version of Istio, and providing even more useful documentation.
Just as we initially promised, the developers are working hard to deliver new features and improvements every four weeks. Our last release is already available for 3 weeks, which means that the next Kyma version will be available in about a week. This time around, the release gets its codename from a city with an incredibly rich history, one that bridges the gap (literally!) between the East and the West. Kyma 1.2 Istanbul has a very rich history of improvements and new features and continues to aid the users in bridging the gap between different pieces of software. What's in store for the 1.2 release?
Recently, on our website, we released a new view called Roadmap. Its main purpose is to raise the transparency of the project direction and enable features contribution.
After the long-awaited 1.0 Gliwice release, we focused mainly on putting the polishing touches to the current setup, including improvements in the Console UI performance and usability, Asset Store and Service Catalog extensions, Application Operator optimization, and documentation-related tweaks. Still, we are proud to communicate a few new features we bring to you in 1.1 Helsinki. Read on to find out what has changed in Kyma since 1.0.
The 1.0 release may not be abundant in new features, but it surely adds value to your everyday Kyma experience. We have put a lot of effort in securing all the communication inside the Kyma cluster to make Kyma even more stable and secure. These improvements, along with the resolved issues, will make the development even smoother and more enjoyable.
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! With the 1.0 Gliwice release, we have successfully reached our first big release milestone in Kyma. We realize that some of you might be confused and ask "Why Gliwice?" or "Where even is that place?" A quick Wikipedia search reveals that Gliwice is a Polish city situated in the southern part of the country, in the Upper Silesia. Founded in the 13th century, it has a rich history, a beautiful old town, and a river running right through its heart. From the software point of view, Gliwice is the home of the SAP Labs office which has most of the developers working on Kyma. Now that the naming conundrum is solved, let's dive into the details of our first production release.
The 0.9 release comes with many updates and improvements, as well as some brand new features that make the Kyma experience even smoother. The Kyma-Knative integration has reached its peak and from this release, Knative Eventing is the default eventing mechanism. You can now install Kyma on GKE and AKS clusters using the default DNS solution provided by xip.io. Among many updates and improvements, we developed a new testing framework and updated the entire Monitoring stack. Last but not least, we introduced a brand new component for storing and managing content - the Headless CMS.
The Knative Working Group (WG) focused on bringing together the worlds of Kyma and Knative closed (not so) recently. After two months of hard work, the group achieved all of its goals, not without cutting the initial scope, though.
Next destination? Florence! Time to pack our bags and prepare to leave Edmonton and fly all the way to Tuscany for the next Kyma release - 0.9 Florence. What's in store for this Italian-themed release?
The 0.8 release is packed with new features and improvements that bring your experience to a new level. The Kyma-Knative integration continues, making it now possible to both publish and consume Events using Knative Eventing. You can now back up a Kyma cluster manually or schedule periodic backups. The Minikube version constraint is removed, allowing you to use any compatible Minikube version. The Application Connector got even more powerful with certificate signing, renewal, and revocation, as well as a brand new information endpoint. Other significant improvements include replacing OK Log with Grafana Loki, switching all Console views to SAP Fiori Fundamentals, and the introduction of the kyma-developer role.
As you know, a vibrant community of individuals stands behind the Kyma open-source project. They collaborate through Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Working Groups (WGs), just like it is done in Kubernetes. Additionally, both SIGs and WGs facilitate technical discussions, proposals, and contributions. They also ensure Kyma is a welcoming community for all contributors. The WGs facilitate discussions and work on short-lived, specific topics that either result from the work of SIG groups or that the community members initiate directly.
We keep our promises here at Kyma. With the 4-week release cycle in full swing, it's time to shed some light on the next release named after the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, located on the North Saskatchewan River. What can you expect from Kyma 0.8 Edmonton?
The 0.7 release brings you features and improvements to further enhance your Kyma experience. The alpha version of the Asset Store component gives you a solution for storing assets, such as documents, files, images, or API specifications. The ongoing CI development resulted in new pipelines which you can use to run Kyma installation and intercept any installation-related issues. The Kyma-Knative integration continues, making it possible to publish Events using Knative Eventing. Other significant improvements allow you to install Kyma on AKS, keep your resources secure with the new security model, and benefit from smoother and simplified Kyma deployment process.
We might have just reached Cairo, but it's not time to celebrate yet. We embark on our ships and ride the wave straight to our next destination - Dublin! The capital of Ireland was chosen to be the codename for the upcoming Kyma 0.7 release which is scheduled to launch on 11th February 2019. Only 4 weeks after the 0.6 release! We're pretty excited and proud about how we improved our tooling and release process, which allows us to release more frequently. Thanks to these improvements, starting with the Dublin release, we will release a new version of Kyma every 4 weeks. What can you expect at the end of the rainbow?
The 0.6 release brings a lot of significant changes to Kyma. The main focus of this release was to finalize the work on Prow and replace the existing CI pipeline with the new architecture. Thus, we are excited to announce that Kyma finally uses an open-source CI tool and that Kyma 0.6 Cairo was already built using the Prow architecture. Apart from Prow, we made efforts to drive the Kyma-Knative integration forward, took further steps to modularize Kyma components and unify their naming, and significantly improved the website-related user experience. Explore the changes, try out the release, and get back to us with feedback and contribution!
With winter holidays and 2019 around the corner, let's think about something hotter and more exotic. A city perhaps... Cairo? Sounds good, right? If you're wondering what does Cairo have to do with Kyma, we're happy to explain. We decided that new releases need a cool common identification theme. After a long, coffee-fuelled brainstorming session we decided to name our releases after major cities in the world. Cool, right? Soooo... What can you expect from Kyma 0.6 Cairo?
From the early stages of its development, Kyma has raised interest among other companies. The main reasons for that were Kyma's existing open-source technologies that constitute its cornerstone, and the fact that it allows companies to extend and customize their enterprise applications using serverless computing or microservice architecture.
As you may already know, the KubeCon conference, known among the whole Kubernetes and CNCF community, is taking place in Seattle on December 10. This one-liner intro already clarifies why we, the Kyma people, want to be there too. Our main focus is: To meet you, show you what Kyma is, and answer all your questions Meet with other communities. For now, we are planning to meet with the Kubernetes' Testing SIG and the Service Catalog SIG and talk about our future contributions.
We constantly work improving Kyma and modularizing it further. Shortly after our last release, we now introduce the next update including many changes.
Is Tesla Model X still a car, or is it a smart device? This might sound like a silly question, as the Model X has all of the usual "car" traits: an engine, metal bodywork, rims, tires, etc. On paper, the Model X might look like yet another car, but its uniqueness, aside from the electric engine, of course, lies in the software innovation that Tesla brings to the market. The ability to update the onboard software over-the-air and bring new features and functionalities to a car is a key factor that attracts consumers to buy Teslas. This revolution shows that innovation, even in industries as old as car manufacturing, is an important and powerful tool that allows to penetrate the market faster. Many of the leading car manufacturers are still trying to catch up with Tesla's success. Businesses need to leverage new technologies, take on innovations and transform digitally to be competitive. Simply put - innovate or perish!
It has been a while since we introduced Kyma to the open-source community. Many things have changed in the project since its announcement in July. Now that we have our first official release, it is time to sum up what we have recently worked on.
SAP TechEd is the premier SAP technology conference, which takes place every year on 3 continents and is an excellent source of news on the technical and platform offerings of SAP. In 2018 the conference venues are located in Las Vegas, Barcelona, and Bangalore.
Knative is an important new project in the cloud-native world that was announced as a "Kubernetes-based platform to build, deploy, and manage modern serverless workloads." It is an opinionated approach covering the best practices around three areas of developing cloud-native applications: building containers (and functions), serving (and dynamically scaling) workloads, and eventing. Knative is an open-source set of components and is being actively developed by Google in close partnership with Pivotal, IBM, Red Hat, and SAP.
Now that Kyma is out there available to the world you are most probably keen on testing and implementing your own scenarios leveraging Kyma. Well, we are happy to introduce you to a getting started guide for developers which is a sample application based on Spring Boot showing the features on Kyma.
When Kyma was introduced to the public a few weeks ago at Google Cloud Next ’18, we talked about the strong partnership that we have with the Knative community. Kyma and Knative provide two complementary sets of building blocks, which together offer a powerful framework and a toolset to build cloud-native solutions on top of Kubernetes.
At SAP we typically deal with lots of enterprise software coming from a variety of different vendors. We've helped many of our customers and partners in all industries to model software to their needs and unique business processes. To meet the desire for flexibility, we see a growing demand for openness and modern architecture in this space. That's why we decided to spin the development of our new extension framework, Kyma, out in open source. We’d like to encourage all of you to take a look, get involved and lend a hand to expand Kyma to cover even more exciting extension scenarios.