Helm Kubernetes package manager becomes latest CNCF project to graduate

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the Closed off application package manager for Kubernetes today became the latest Cloud Native Computing Foundation project to obtain graduate status.

This is a significant milestone that demonstrates not only thriving adoption, but also a strong commitment to community, sustainability and inclusivity, CNCF said.

CNCF is a Linux Foundation project that was founded in 2015 to help advance Kubernetes and other container technologies, and align the tech industry around its evolution. Kubernetes is open source software used to manage and orchestrate large clusters of software containers, which are used to host the components of modern applications that can run on any type of computing platform.

Helm has become an important part of the Kubernetes ecosystem. The CNCF describes it as a “package manager”, similar to yum or apt-get, which organizes Kubernetes objects into packaged applications called “graphs”, which can then be more easily deployed.

In a nutshell, Helm makes it easy to package, configure, and deploy applications on Kubernetes clusters. It also keeps a history of releases and deployments, in case organizations need to roll back a change.

Project Helm was created in 2015 by a company called Deis, which was later acquired by Microsoft Corp. In 2018, Helm became a CNCF incubation project, helping to raise its profile as it is now widely used by a number of major tech companies including AT&T Inc., Microsoft Corp., VMware Inc. and others.

“When we set out to create Helm, we had two goals in mind,” said Matt Butcher, principal software development engineer at Microsoft Corp. and head of Helm. “First, make it easy for Kubernetes newcomers to start deploying cloud-native applications. Second, provide a package manager that can grow with business needs.

the Bar hub, which is a centralized repository for Helm charts, was launched in 2018. It now sees hundreds of millions of downloads per month, the CNCF said.

At the end of last year, the Helm team released Helm 3, which builds on the Helm 2 workflow, modifying the underlying infrastructure to reflect the needs of the community as it changes and evolves. Then in 2019, the CNCF funded a third-party open source security audit of Helm 3, which concluded that Helm is “recommended for public deployment” and poses no significant security risk.

“Because of his strong ties to the Kubernetes community, Helm has been involved with CNCF since the foundation’s inception,” said Chris Aniszczyk, CNCF’s Chief Technology Officer and COO. “The project has proven incredibly popular with end users by lowering the barrier of entry to installing and managing software in Kubernetes.”

Constellation Research Inc. analyst Holger Mueller told SiliconANGLE that it was good to see one of CNCF’s original projects graduate. “Helm is a crucial part of the Kubernetes platforms and ecosystem and has been widely adopted by vendors and enterprises,” Mueller said.

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