Today, we are excited to announce that Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has accepted Harbor as a Sandbox-level hosted project (read CNCF’s post here). This marks a major milestone for the container registry project that originated as an internal VMware project in China back in 2014 and was open sourced in 2016. With Harbor, VMware has now contributed three projects to The Linux Foundation including Open vSwitch and the IO Visor project.

Reflecting on the news, project founder and VMware Technical Director for China R&D Haining Henry Zhang said: “Harbor’s success is the fruition of collective contributions and participation from the community over the years. CNCF’s decision to host Harbor opens up huge opportunities for the project to grow. We expect increased collaboration with and contributions from community to help build Harbor into the top project in container image management space.”

“For a successful open source project with a broad user base and many contributors from across the industry, becoming part of a thriving foundation is one of the logical steps,” said VMware Chief Open Source Officer Dirk Hohndel. “We are excited to see Harbor accepted as one of the projects under the CNCF umbrella, joining an impressive lineup of hugely successful projects.”

“Harbor comes out of our ongoing effort to innovate and evangelize emerging technologies,” said Alan Ren, GM of VMware China R&D, the sponsor for Harbor’s incubation and community evangelism. “Since it was introduced to the Chinese and global developer community, Harbor had become the de facto open source choice for many enterprise users and partners to manage container images and build cloud native applications. We are excited to work with CNCF to expand the adoption of Harbor globally.”


Building a Trusted Cloud Native Registry

Harbor is an open source cloud native registry project that stores, signs, and scans content. The project supports advanced features such as user management, access control, activity monitoring, and replication between instances. As a private on-premises registry, Harbor fills a gap for organizations or applications that cannot use a public or cloud-based registry or want a consistent experience across clouds.

Harbor is being leveraged by a wide number of users across numerous industries in production environments. It is also included and core to VMware’s cloud native solutions—Pivotal Container Service (PKS) and vSphere Integrated Containers.

We’re looking forward to the next stage of Harbor as a CNCF-hosted project and we’re hoping you will contribute to and/or take Harbor for a spin. To get started with Harbor, you can get more details here, follow the project on Twitter here, and view a video here.

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