Cloudy with a chance of ML: Feast creator joins Tecton, while Kinvolk introduces Headlamp, and yet another Kubernetes distro debuts

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Just a couple of days after the LF AI & Data Foundation welcomed machine learning feature store Feast as an incubation project, commercial feature store Tecton has announced plans to “allocate engineering and financial resources to the project”. In addition, Feast creator Willem Piennar will join the company.

Tecton is a start-up founded about 1.5 years ago by a team of ex-Uber employees who met when creating an “internal platform for building, deploying, and managing ML systems in production”. The aim of the company is to accelerate and standardize data workflows connected to the development and deployment of machine learning systems, as the data layer still appears to be a pain point for many organisations.

Among Feast’s goals is building a data system for managing and serving machine learning features to models in production, and to increase reusability. It started as a collaboration between Indonesian multi-service platform Gojek and Google Cloud, and made it to the open source space in early 2019. Since then it was integrated into Kubernetes-centric machine learning project Kubeflow.

Piennar’s job change shouldn’t affect Feast’s development, as Tecton promised he’ll remain “fully-committed to Feast and an official maintainer of the project”. Tectron however has plans to profit from the move, with a migration path to facilitate switching from open source to Tecton high on the agenda, including compatible serving APIs.

Kinvolk pushes out new Kubernetes UI

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CloudNativeCon is about to kick off with big and small roll companies preparing to push out their updates for maximum impact. Amongst the announcements that caught our eye is a newly introduced extensible Kubernetes web UI, developed and open sourced by Linux experts Kinvolk. 

The project is called Headlamp and will look to lower the entry barrier by using a container orchestrator, amongst other things. The project’s modular and extensible architecture promises easy adjustment options. It contains RBAC setting checks so only controls a user is actually allowed to use are displayed.

The latter is quite useful as Headlamp comes with capabilities for read-write operations. Other niceties include the option to either host the project in-cluster or locally, and integrated multi-cluster support. More details can be found on the company blog.

Mirantis shrinks K8s to K0s

A couple of months after Rancher got its lightweight Kubernetes distribution k3s accepted into the CNCF sandbox, Mirantis is trying to up the game by throwing K0s into the ring.

The new home to Docker Enterprise recently announced the distro and promised users minimal installation complexity, no dependencies on the host operation system besides the kernel, automated cluster management for zero downtime, and a core that indeed seems to be smaller than that of the Rancher version.

Like k3s, the project is aimed at wider use cases so in addition to the cloud, local, and datacenter deployments, it’s meant to cover use cases adjacent to edge computing, internet of things and telecommunications.

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