Top CNCF Projects to look out for in 2023

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  • thanos

    Highly available Prometheus setup with long term storage capabilities. A CNCF Incubating project.

    Thanos belongs in Observability and Analysis / Monitoring as it is based on Prometheus, a monitoring CNCF project. It makes it easier to scale Prometheus horizontally and obtain a global view of data from several Prometheus servers. Thanos promises high availability and virtually unlimited historical data storage. This year, it got in the top 5 CNCF projects with the most contributors.

  • istio

    Connect, secure, control, and observe services.

    Istio is an Orchestration & Management / Service Mesh project. With a service mesh, traffic between services is handled at a platform level. This way, reliability, observability, and security features can be tackled here and provided uniformly across all services, instead of being delegated to developers to include in their code. Istio has become the second Incubating CNCF project with the most stars and with most contributors this year.

  • InfluxDB

    Access the most powerful time series database as a service. Ingest, store, & analyze all types of time series data in a fully-managed, purpose-built database. Keep data forever with low-cost storage and superior data compression.

  • gRPC

    The C based gRPC (C++, Python, Ruby, Objective-C, PHP, C#)

    gRPC is the Incubating project with the most GitHub stars and the only CNCF project in the category of Orchestration & Management / Remote Procedure Call (RPC). RPC is a way of handling communication between services. It allows for bandwidth-efficient communications and many programming languages enable RPC interface implementations.

  • cilium

    eBPF-based Networking, Security, and Observability

    Cilium is in the category of Runtime / Cloud Native Network, which means that it provides networking functionalities to containerized applications. It uses eBPF (extended Berkeley Packet Filter), a revolutionary kernel technology, for providing, securing, and observing network connectivity between container workloads. It is getting a lot of action with 500+ contributors, making it into the top 10 of CNCF projects with the most contributors.

  • backstage

    Backstage is an open platform for building developer portals

    Backstage is a project categorized as App Definition and Development / Application Definition & Image Build, and the one that got the most commits this year of all 147 CNCF projects. It is a framework for building developer portals that was created at Spotify and then donated to the CNCF. Its main goal is to simplify and standardize procedures so that developers can make the most of their time.

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NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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