Crossplane Lowers the Barrier to a Multi-Cloud Future

Crossplane lowers the barrier to a multi-cloud future

Cloud computing has become the dominant IT paradigm and multi-cloud looks poised to be the primary approach, with 81 percent of enterprises already adopting a multi-cloud strategy. A multi-cloud strategy prevents vendor lock-in, which is increasingly important as three major providers (AWS, GCP, and Azure) dominate the market. Despite the many benefits of a multi-cloud strategy, deploying across multiple clouds is still incredibly complex.

While Kubernetes has emerged as the standard container orchestration platform, most organizations are running more than just container workloads, and thereâs currently no standard for workload portability across managed services. Whatâs needed is a consistent, multi-cloud, open source interface, and we think thereâs a new, interesting project up for the challenge. Crossplane, announced today, is an open source multi-cloud control plane sponsored by Upbound.

Crossplane introduces a set of workload resource abstractions on top of existing managed services and cloud offerings to enable an unprecedented degree of workload portability across cloud providers. There are six levels of multi-cloud maturity and until today, application portability (i.e. the ability to run an app on any cloud) is incredibly rare and has been difficult to achieve.