Uber and Lyft Bring Open-Source Cloud Projects to CNCF

LOS ANGELES—In the ride sharing services market, Uber and Lyft are fierce competitors. In the world of open source, however, that is another story. At the Open Source Summit here on Sept. 13, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation announced that it has accepted two new projects, Envoy from Lyft and Jaeger from Uber.

Envoy is an edge and service proxy that aims to make the network transparent to applications. Jaeger, in contrast, is a distributed tracing system that can be used to help find application performance bottlenecks.

"Lyft developed a fancy service mesh/reverse proxy to handle all their traffic to help scale micro-services within Lyft," Chris Aniszczyk, COO of the CNCF, told eWEEK in a video interview. 

"Jaeger is a distributed tracing solution coming from the experience at Uber scaling out its thousands of micro-services and actually tracing what happens in them," Aniszczyk said.

The CNCF is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project that got started in July 2015 as the new home for the Kubernetes container orchestration project. Over the last two years, the CNCF has expanded to host 12 projects, including the new Envoy and Jaeger efforts.

Aniszczyk said he's very pleased with the progress the CNCF has made over the last two years and how it has helped  transform the cloud landscape.

"Two years ago, Kubernetes was nowhere near as dominant as it was today, and we had all sorts of container wars," Aniszczyk said. "Now we have the top five cloud providers at the same foundation, which had never happened before.

"It has been crazy, it has been fun, and I think if we do CNCF right this is how infrastructure will be done for the next decade," he said.

Watch the full video interview with Chris Aniszczyk, COO of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, above.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.