Dragonfly and Argo sail into CNCF incubator

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation has rolled a brace of projects into its incubator, just in time for Easter, or any other Spring-fertility-renewal festival you’d care to pick.

Today, the Dragonfly project hopped out of the CNCF sandbox and into the incubation tier after 18 months.

Dragonfly is a P2P “open source, cloud native image and file distribution system” which originated at Alibaba Cloud. The Chinese cloud giant said Dragonfly was one of “the backbone technologies for container platforms” within its ecosystem.

Amongst other features, today’s announcement flagged Dragonfly’s support for host level speed limits and a passive CDN to avoid “repetitive remote downloads”.


The project hit v1.0 late last year, and was rewritten in Golang, while integration with the OCI is on the cards, according to the CNCF’s announcement today.

Dragonfly’s elevation follows Tuesday’s announcement that the technical oversight committee had chosen Argo as an incubation level project.

According to the CNCF, the Argo project is a set of “Kubernetes-native tools for running and managing jobs and applications on Kubernetes”. It aims to provide  “an easy way to combine three modes of computing – services, workflows, and event-based – in creating jobs and applications on Kubernetes.”

There are four sub projects: Argo Workflows; Argo Events; Argo CD; and Argo Rollouts. The project was initially created at Applatix, a Kubernetes development shop that started in 2015, before being acquired by finance software giant Intuit in 2018.

The CNCF’s incubation tier is bulging, with 17 projects now on the go, while nine have now reached Graduate status.

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