Knative (pronounced kay-nay-tiv) extends Kubernetes to provide a set of middleware components that are essential to build modern, source-centric, and container-based applications that can run anywhere: on premises, in the cloud, or even in a third-party data center.
Each of the components under the Knative project attempt to identify common patterns and codify the best practices that are shared by successful, real-world, Kubernetes-based frameworks and applications. Knative components focus on solving mundane but difficult tasks such as:
Developers on Knative can use familiar idioms, languages, and frameworks to deploy functions, applications, or containers workloads.
Essential base primitives for all
Knative provides a set of middleware components that are essential to build modern, source-centric, and container-based applications that can run anywhere: on premises, in the cloud, or even in a third-party data center. Knative components are built on Kubernetes and codify the best practices shared by successful real-world Kubernetes-based frameworks. It enables developers to focus just on writing interesting code, without worrying about the “boring but difficult” parts of building, deploying, and managing an application.
Knative offers a set of reusable components that focuses on solving many mundane but difficult tasks such as orchestrating source-to-container workflows, routing and managing traffic during deployment, auto-scaling your workloads, or binding running services to eventing ecosystems. Developers can even use familiar idioms, languages, and frameworks to deploy any workload: functions, applications, or containers.
Supports popular development patterns
Knative focuses on an idiomatic developer experience. It supports common development patterns such as GitOps, DockerOps, ManualOps, as well as tools and frameworks such as Django, Ruby on Rails, Spring, and many more.
Knative is designed to be run as a service by all major cloud providers. Google currently works with industry leaders such as Pivotal, SAP, Red Hat, IBM, and many others to create the building blocks that will best suit the needs of developers. Knative powers real-world workloads and is also compatible with other cutting-edge technologies such as Kubernetes and Istio.