The company launched its serverless computing and container development plays earlier this year. The Oracle Container Native Application Development Platform includes, among other things, a managed Kubernetes service for clustered container deployments.
At Oracle OpenWorld in October, the company open sourced its Fn serverless developer platform. The move allows developers to build and run applications without the need to provision, scale, or manage any infrastructure. Those applications can be housed and run from any cloud platform.
Today at KubeCon, Oracle said it is open sourcing the Fn project Kubernetes Installer and Global Multi-Cluster Management. Both projects integrate with the container development platform.
Installer consists of a set of Helm Charts for Fn. It allows developers to run serverless deployments on any Kubernetes environment.
Global Multi-Cluster Management is a set of tools for federated Kubernetes environments. This allows users to manage and scale applications running across data centers, regions, and clouds. “What this does is allow you to create and release clusters on-demand, or auto-scale clusters,” said Bob Quillin, VP of developer relations at Oracle. It also enables cloud migrations.
Companies want an open, cloud-neutral container stack, Quillin said. “The biggest concern they have is vendor lock-in. The whole promise of open source is I can run it anywhere. People want to have flexibility and take these open source stacks, and run them in a seamless way, too. They want a seamless experience that connects these things together.”
This is why Oracle open sourced its Kubernetes tools and also joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which houses the Kubernetes project, Quillin added.
And as more companies become interested in using serverless computing, concerns about vendor lock-in — and demand for open source and multi-cloud platforms — will grow.
“With serverless in particular and the Fn project, we saw what was missing in the discussion was a viable, open serverless product that mirrors the path of Kubernetes,” he said. “There’s no clear path yet for open serverless. CNCF will be working on that next year, and that’s one of the areas we’re interested in contributing to.”