The values of sharing knowledge and learning from each other have always been embedded in ITQ's culture.

That's why we have consistently embraced Open Source and invested significantly in it: enabling us to leverage collaborative development efforts, access a broader talent pool, and tap into a vast ecosystem of community-driven innovations. Ultimately, this enhances the quality and functionality of our products and services while promoting interoperability and industry standards. Moreover, embracing open-source fosters goodwill among developers and customers, encouraging adoption and platform loyalty.

Our commitment to Open Source is a testament to this ethos. We don't just embrace Open Source; we actively contribute to and invest in it, reinforcing our dedication to collaborative development. This commitment enables us to harness the power of collective innovation, access an expansive talent pool, and dive into a vast ecosystem of community-driven advancements. The result? Enhanced quality and functionality of our services, promoting interoperability, and setting new benchmarks for industry standards.

ITQ has recent experience with the following open-source projects:

Cilium is an open-source project that provides networking and security for containerized applications. It is designed to enhance the networking and security capabilities of container orchestration systems like Kubernetes. Cilium utilizes eBPF (extended Berkeley Packet Filter) technology to offer efficient and low-latency packet filtering, load balancing, and network visibility for containerized environments. It aims to simplify and improve the management of networking and security policies in large-scale, dynamic container deployments. Keep in mind that developments may have occurred since my last update, and I recommend checking the official Cilium project documentation or sources for the latest information.
Concourse is an open-source continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) system. It is designed to automate the building, testing, and deployment of software in a reliable and scalable manner. Concourse uses a declarative pipeline configuration, where tasks and jobs are defined in code, providing transparency and reproducibility in the software delivery process. It emphasizes a containerized architecture and encourages the use of isolated, ephemeral environments for each task. Concourse is often used in cloud-native and containerized application development workflows.
Backstage is an open-source platform developed by Spotify for managing the developer infrastructure and software development lifecycle. It helps organizations streamline their developer workflows by providing a unified interface for managing services, libraries, and tools used in the software development process. Backstage's key features include service cataloging, documentation, and a plugin-based architecture, making it easier for teams to discover and use internal tools and services, ultimately improving developer productivity.
Argo is an open-source set of tools for managing and automating workflows in Kubernetes. It includes Argo Workflows for orchestrating complex workflows, Argo CD for continuous delivery of applications, and Argo Events for handling events in a Kubernetes-native way. Argo simplifies the deployment and automation of tasks in containerized environments, enhancing workflow and application management.
GitLab is an all-in-one DevOps platform for code management, CI/CD, collaboration, and more. It streamlines the software development lifecycle in a single integrated solution.
Istio is an open-source service mesh platform for microservices, providing features like load balancing, security, and monitoring without altering application code. It uses sidecar proxies to manage communication between services.

ITQ's Journey in Cloud-Native Solutions

At ITQ, our unwavering commitment revolves around cloud-native solutions, empowering developers to craft exceptional software. Our journey began with the establishment of a dedicated software development unit, which has since transformed into our specialized cloud-native team. We have a rich history of collaboration with industry leaders, such as Pivotal, which has significantly bolstered our proficiency in modern application development and cloud-native technologies. This collaboration has not only fueled innovation but also strengthened our position as a trusted partner for our clients. Moreover, the acquisition of Pivotal by VMware cemented our dedication to cloud-native technologies, positioning us as a prominent VMware Cloud-Native partner.

Our strategic alignment with VMware grants us unparalleled access to a wide array of open-source technologies that drive the cloud-native ecosystem. By harnessing these resources, we have extensive experience in empowering our clients to fully exploit the potential of cloud-native solutions. At ITQ, we lead the charge in guiding organizations to thrive in the ever-evolving digital landscape. We champion agility, scalability, and innovation, enabling businesses to confidently attain their objectives.

In addition to the previously mentioned projects, our knowledge encompasses the following cutting-edge initiatives:

Harbor is an open-source container registry that provides secure storage and distribution of container images. It was initially developed by VMware and is now a CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation) incubating project. Harbor offers features such as access control, vulnerability scanning, and image replication, making it a popular choice for organizations deploying containerized applications.
Contour is an open-source Kubernetes ingress controller developed by VMware. It helps manage inbound traffic to Kubernetes clusters, providing routing, load balancing, and SSL termination capabilities. Contour leverages the Envoy proxy and supports dynamic configuration, making it a flexible and scalable solution for managing ingress traffic.
Introduced by VMware as “Project Pacific”, integrates Kubernetes directly into the vSphere virtualization platform, enabling organizations to manage both virtual machines and containers from a unified control plane. Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG), a key component of VMware Tanzu, provides a consistent Kubernetes runtime across different environments, aligning with the open-source nature of Kubernetes.
VMware has contributed to the Cloud Native Buildpacks project, which is an open-source initiative focused on providing a standard way to build container images from source code. Buildpacks automate the creation of container images by analyzing source code and dependencies, streamlining the build process and enhancing portability across different platforms.
Fluentbit is an open-source log processor and forwarder, optimized for data collection in cloud-native environments. It simplifies the management of logs and allows organizations to efficiently process and forward log data for analysis and troubleshooting.
Sonobuoy is an open-source diagnostic tool for Kubernetes developed by VMware. It helps validate the conformance, reliability, and performance of Kubernetes clusters. Sonobuoy runs a series of tests to ensure that the cluster adheres to Kubernetes API specifications and best practices, providing valuable insights into cluster health.
Prometheus is an open-source monitoring and alerting toolkit that VMware actively supports. It empowers organizations to gather valuable insights into the performance and health of their systems and applications through a flexible and powerful data model.
Grafana is an open-source platform for monitoring and observability that seamlessly integrates with Prometheus. It provides visually appealing, customizable dashboards and robust alerting capabilities, aiding in real-time monitoring and analysis of cloud-native environments.
Velero is an open-source backup and restore tool for Kubernetes clusters. Formerly known as Heptio Ark, Velero was acquired by VMware and is now part of the VMware Tanzu portfolio. Velero allows organizations to take backups of Kubernetes resources and persistent volumes, enabling disaster recovery and migration scenarios.
Carvel is a suite of open-source tools that simplifies and streamlines working with Kubernetes configuration files (YAML). It includes tools like kapp, ytt, and kbld, which facilitate the deployment and management of applications in Kubernetes environments.
Antrea is an open-source Kubernetes networking and security project developed by VMware. It offers network policy enforcement, observability, and connectivity for Kubernetes pods, ensuring robust networking and security capabilities.
Pinniped is an open-source project that enhances Kubernetes authentication and identity management. It provides capabilities for Single Sign-On (SSO) and federation, enhancing the security and ease of use in Kubernetes clusters.
VMware has been an active contributor and supporter of the Cloud Foundry open-source project, which is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for cloud-native applications. VMware's Pivotal Software (now part of VMware Tanzu) has been a driving force behind Cloud Foundry's development and adoption.
VMware actively contributes to the Kubernetes project, which is one of the most popular open-source container orchestration platforms. VMware engineers have contributed code, bug fixes, and enhancements to Kubernetes, and they also maintain and contribute to related projects like Contour (Ingress controller) and Harbor (container registry).

VMware has a significant presence and plays a role in the open-source cloud-native landscape. While VMware is known for its proprietary virtualization and infrastructure solutions, the company has made significant contributions to open-source projects and has embraced open-source technologies within its offerings.

Martijn van Tol Manager Cloud Native

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