The Berlin-based startup was founded in 2015 and focused on building and improving open source Linux technologies in the cloud native space, including Kubernetes, eBPF, community building, and container-optimized Linux. The company became largely known with the creation of Flatcar Container Linux, a solution for optimizing container workload.
“Kinvolk’s founding mission statement is ‘to build and promote an enterprise-grade open cloud-native stack’- we think this fits perfectly with our growing customer needs and our ongoing investments in open source and Kubernetes,” said Brendan Burns, Corporate Vice President, Azure Compute.
“Flatcar Container Linux has a sizeable community of users on Azure, as well as other clouds, and on-premises. We know the CoreOS community has been on a winding journey over the years-we want to assure the Flatcar community that Microsoft and the Kinvolk team will continue to collaborate with the larger Flatcar community on the evolution of Flatcar Container Linux. Microsoft is committed to Flatcar Container Linux community development and will invest in working with the Flatcar community to create a growth path forward together.”
As announced, the Kinvolk team will join Azure (Microsoft Cloud services), where they are expected to be key contributors to the engineering development of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Arc, and future projects that will expand Azure’s hybrid container platform capabilities and increase Microsoft’s upstream open source contributions in the Kubernetes and container space.
“We look forward to being able to focus our efforts on our open source work, to realizing the full potential of eBPF in Kubernetes with tools like Inspektor Gadget, and working on Kubernetes, systemd, and the many other communities we are active in. We are also eager to collaborate with the Microsoft product teams to help bring these leading-edge open source capabilities to a much larger customer community via Azure Kubernetes Service, Azure Arc, and many other services and products,” said Chris Kühl, Chief Executive Officer, Kinvolk.
Furthermore, Microsoft made a commitment to maintain and build upon Kinvolk’s open source culture. Hence, the Kinvolk team will remain active in their existing open source projects and will be essential to driving further collaboration between Azure engineering teams and the larger open source container community.