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In-cluster CNAB management with Brigade 

Next week is KubeCon North America 2019, but we wanted to give you an early preview of one of the things we’ll be showing. Over the last few years, we’ve been working on tools for the cloud native ecosystem. From Helm and Brigade to Porter and Rudr, each tool we have built is designed to stand on its own. But our vision...

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Helm 3: Simpler and more secure 

Ecosystem complexity increases every time we look around, our dizzying panoply of choices multiplies by the day, and (now, as always) we need a way to find, share, and operate applications reliably, in production, and at scale. What’s a busy Kubernetes user to do? Helm is the well-known and much-used package manager for Kubernetes. If...

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Ansible 2.9: Azure shared image galleries, Azure collection, and new modules 

With the release of Ansible 2.9, Microsoft furthers its commitment to ensure that Azure provides excellent experiences for Ansible users when automating the provisioning and configuration of Azure resources. To provide great end-to-end experiences for all users, we’re announcing the expansion of Azure service coverage and the ability to release more frequent updates to Ansible...

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Announcing ONNX Runtime 1.0 

One year after ONNX Runtime’s initial preview release, we’re excited to announce v1.0 of the high-performance machine learning model inferencing engine. This release marks our commitment to API stability for the cross-platform, multi-language APIs, and introduces a breadth of performance optimizations, broad operator coverage, and pluggable accelerators to take advantage of new and exciting hardware...

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Announcing the Open Application Model (OAM), an open standard for developing and operating applications on Kubernetes and other platforms 

Kubernetes has become the leading container orchestration environment. Its success has driven the remarkable growth of Kubernetes services on every public cloud. However, the core resources in Kubernetes like Services and Deployments represent disparate pieces of an overall application. They do not represent the application itself. Likewise, objects like Helm charts represent a potentially deployable...

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Microsoft open sources SandDance, a visual data exploration tool 

SandDance, the beloved data visualization tool from Microsoft Research, has been re-released as an open source project on GitHub. This new version of SandDance has been re-written from the ground up as an embeddable component that works with modern JavaScript toolchains. The release is comprised of several components that work in native JavaScript or React...

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Bringing container magic to cloud-native applications 

Last year at Microsoft Connect and DockerCon we announced the Cloud Native Application Bundle (CNAB) specification in partnership with Docker, HashiCorp, and Bitnami. Since then the CNAB community has grown to include Pivotal, Intel, Datadog, and others, and we are all extremely pleased to announce that the CNAB core 1.0 specification has reached Final Draft...

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Announcing OpenTelemetry: the merger of OpenCensus and OpenTracing 

I’m excited to announce that OpenTelemetry is now a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) sandbox project. You can read more about OpenTelemetry’s origins in A Brief History of OpenTelemetry (So Far) on the CNCF blog. OpenTelemetry is created as a merger of the OpenCensus and OpenTracing projects. This project aspires to make robust, portable telemetry...

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ONNX Runtime: a one-stop shop for machine learning inferencing 

Organizations that want to leverage AI at scale must overcome a number of challenges around model training and model inferencing. Today, there are a plethora of tools and frameworks that accelerate model training but inferencing remains a tough nut due to the variety of environments that models need to run in. For example, the same...

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Hello Service Mesh Interface (SMI): A specification for service mesh interoperability 

Today we are excited to launch Service Mesh Interface (SMI) which defines a set of common, portable APIs that provide developers with interoperability across different service mesh technologies including Istio, Linkerd, and Consul Connect. SMI is an open project started in partnership with Microsoft, Linkerd, HashiCorp, Solo.io, Kinvolk, and Weaveworks; with support from Aspen Mesh,...

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Helm 3: simpler to use, more secure to operate 

Helm is the best way to find, share, and use software built for Kubernetes, and the eagerly anticipated Helm 3 alpha is now available for testing. Try it out, give feedback, and help the Helm community get it ready for you to depend upon. Why Helm? Many teams already rely on Helm 2 to deploy...

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Extending Kubernetes in the open 

Greetings and welcome to KubeCon EU in Barcelona! As always, it is wonderful to see the community come together to celebrate how Kubernetes has made cloud-native ubiquitous and changed the way that we build and manage our software. These conferences are fantastic because they represent an opportunity to meet with our users and learn about...

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