Heptio Debuts Gimbal Kubernetes Load Balancer Project

by Sean Michael Kerner

New open-source technology benefits from a partnership between Yahoo Japan subsidiary Actapio and Heptio.

Kubernetes startup Heptio has added another project to its roster of open-source efforts that provide expanded capabilities for container orchestration users.

The new project is called Gimbal and is being developed in partnership with Actapio, a subsidiary of Yahoo Japan Corporation.

"Heptio Gimbal is an ingress load balancing platform capable of routing traffic to multiple Kubernetes and OpenStack clusters," the GitHub project description for Gimbal states.

Gimbal relies on Heptio's ingress controller called Contour, which was first announced in October 2017. Contour itself works in combination with the Envoy proxy that originally was developed by ride-sharing company Lyft and has been operating as a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) project since September 2017.

The purpose of Gimbal is fairly specific as well.

"Actapio approached Heptio to architect and co-develop a cloud-native load balancing platform to increase their deployment agility and ability to scale web traffic across Kubernetes and OpenStack," Ross Kukulinski, engineer at Heptio, wrote in a blog post. "They needed a consistent and flexible HTTP load balancing platform that would enable their development teams to manage and route traffic regardless of the upstream deployment platform."

By building Gimbal as an open-source project, the hope is that other organizations can benefit and contribute to the effort as well. The initial target for Gimbal is OpenStack, but the plan is to support additional platforms in the future.

"Kubernetes is a natural starting point, but integrating it fully into the real world is still an evolving story," Craig McLuckie, founder and CEO of Heptio, stated. "Systems like Gimbal help to pragmatically bridge existing systems and new cloud-native infrastructure like Kubernetes."


Heptio is now also claiming that the company's business momentum is growing, with a 140 percent revenue increase in the first quarter of 2018.

Heptio first emerged from stealth in November 2016, led by Kubernetes co-founders Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda. The company has raised $33.5 million in funding to date, including a $25 million Series B round announced in September 2017.

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

This article was originally published on Wednesday Apr 25th 2018
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