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On Tuesday, Google announced of being one of the founding members of the newly-formed Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF). As a part of its membership, Google will be contributing to two projects namely Spinnaker and Tekton.

About Continuous Delivery Foundation

The formation of CDF was announced at the Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit on Tuesday. CDF will act as a “vendor-neutral home” for some of the most important open source projects for continuous delivery and specifications to speed up the release pipeline process.

The existing CI/CD ecosystem is heavily fragmented, which makes it difficult for developers and companies to decide on particular tooling for their projects. Also, DevOps practitioners often find it very challenging to gather guidance information on software delivery best practices. CDF was formed to make CI/CD tooling easier and define the best practices and guidelines that will enable application developers to deliver better and more secure software at speed.

CDF is currently hosting some of the most popularly used CI/CD tools including Jenkins, Jenkins X, Spinnaker, and Tekton. The foundation is backed by 20+ founding members which include Alauda, Alibaba, Anchore, Armory.io, Atos, Autodesk, Capital One, CircleCI, CloudBees, DeployHub, GitLab, Google, HSBC, Huawei, IBM, JFrog, Netflix, Puppet, Rancher, Red Hat, SAP, Snyk, and SumoLogic.

Why Google joined CDF?

Google as a part of this foundation will be working on Spinnaker and Tekton. Originally created by Netflix and jointly led by Netflix and Google, Spinnaker is an open source, multi-cloud delivery platform. It comes with various features for making continuous delivery reliable including support for advanced deployment strategies, an open source canary analysis service named Kayenta, and more. The Spinnaker’s user community has great experience in the continuous delivery domain, and by joining CDF Google aims to share that expertise with the broader community.

Tekton is a set of shared, open source components for building CI/CD systems. It allows you to build, test, and deploy applications across multiple environments such as virtual machines, serverless, Kubernetes, or Firebase. In the next few months, we can expect to see support for results and event triggering in Tekton. Google is also planning to work with CI/CD vendors to build an ecosystem of components that will allow users to use Tekton with existing tools like Jenkins X, Kubernetes native, and others.

Dan Lorenc, Staff Software Engineer at Google Cloud, sharing Google’s motivation behind joining CDF said, “Continuous Delivery is a critical part of modern software development, but today space is heavily fragmented. The Tekton project addresses this problem by working with the open source community and other leading vendors to collaborate on the modernization of CI/CD infrastructure.

Kim Lewandowski, Product Manager at Google Cloud, said, “The ability to deploy code securely and as fast as possible is top of mind for developers across the industry. Only through best practices and industry-led specifications will developers realize a reliable and portable way to take advantage of continuous delivery solutions. Google is excited to be a founding member of the CDF and to work with the community to foster innovation for deploying software anywhere.

To know more, check out the official announcement at the Google Open Source blog.

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