What’s Next For Bitnami?
I was at a dinner with some folks from one of our bigger cloud partners. After a drink and some delicious Austin appetizers we started talking about Kubernetes. They were all aware of our work with Kubernetes, and so one of them asked, “What’s next for Bitnami?” I enjoyed answering this question, so I thought I would write it out here.
One thing that makes it so fun working at Bitnami right now is that the company is in the middle of a fascinating transformation. Bitnami has long been the single company most expert in how to use the packaging formats and cloud APIs created around the industry, but we are becoming one of the companies at the core of Kubernetes revolution.
Under Daniel and Erica’s leadership, Bitnami has created a truly impressive (and valuable) catalog of ready to use applications across every important cloud and format, from native installers to VMs to populating cloud marketplaces. Additionally, this expertise has been captured in a repertoire of tooling and automation that has allowed the team to keep all of these assets up to date.
However, those APIs and formats were mostly created within the walls of the cloud service providers. Bitnami has helped by being the best at using those APIs and providing application content, and making a handsome business out of it, but we had only a few opportunities to work with the partners in actually designing the APIs and the formats.
So, what is different now? With the advent of containers, and especially Kubernetes, Bitnami is going beyond mastering the next important “packaging format” or cloud API to becoming a driving force in the Open Source community that is creating the next big thing. We are bringing our decade of experience to bear working with the community to shape the future of application delivery itself. Because this is being done in the Open Source community, it allows us the pleasure of partnering with folks from companies such as Deis, Heptio and others.
Look at our work with Helm, Monocular, and kubeapps.com. Look at the nascent jsonnet packaging community. Look at Kubeless (the only Kuberenetes native serverless!). Look even at training and certification. We also run all of our new services, including kubeapps.com, in production on Kubernetes, and have created a suite of tooling to for managing those clusters.
Of course we have a rich catalog of containers, and we have contributed the largest share of the Helm charts, so we are not abandoning our foundation as being the best suppliers of ready to go applications and development stacks, so much as building on that foundation as everyday we are more invested in the core of this open source community forming around Kubernetes.