Shipa open sources Ketch

Shipa is a cloud native application management framework company.

Ketch enables developers to deploy cloud native applications to Kubernetes without a single YAML file, so no Kubernetes expertise required.

Quite where the name comes from is a mystery, a Ketch is a two-masted sailboat… but perhaps the team behind it just like ketchup.

Back to Shipa then…  Shipa will work with the Continuous Delivery Foundation as the deployment engine’s roadmap evolves.

So in summary, Shipa, Corp. is delivering a cloud native application management framework built to manage the full application lifecycle and is open sourcing Ketch, Shipa’s deployment engine, under Apache License Version 2.0. 

This open source release follows the general availability launch of Shipa’s full application management framework in October.

Bruno Andrade, founder and CEO of Shipa says that using Ketch, application developers can manage the entire deployment process at the application level — he notes that developers can stay focused on writing code and do not need any Kubernetes expertise to deploy applications running on Kubernetes. 

“Enterprises continue to struggle with the app deployment process on Kubernetes. Ketch is the perfect way to keep developers’ focus on code – not the infrastructure – as they scale with Kubernetes. Shipa’s vision is to manage the full application lifecycle, from code to post-deployment. With Ketch now available as a fully open source technology, there’s no faster and easier way for the community to get started,” said Andrade.

Ketch reduces the number of Kubernetes objects that developers must learn and maintain in order to leverage Kubernetes best practices for managing applications. The deployment engine does this by generating all Kubernetes-related objects that are required to run applications on Kubernetes – automatically and directly from their application code. 

The art of Helm charts

Ketch also enables developers to generate Helm charts directly from the application code, allowing them to fully customise ingress, services, security and resources etc. before deployment. Developers can also use their existing container images, in which case Ketch creates and deploys all necessary objects for the application to run. Ketch offers connections into existing clusters (beginning with Kubernetes 1.14+) and dramatically improves the developer experience and application delivery speed by seamlessly fitting into developers’ existing stack.

Developers and DevOps teams interested in learning more about Ketch can get started here

Image source: Shipa – Ketch



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