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Here at VMware’s Open Source Program Office, we’re thrilled to acknowledge that Harbor has been accepted into the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Sandbox-level hosted project.

Harbor, as you probably know, is an open source cloud native registry that stores, signs and scans content. It originated as an internal VMware project in China back in 2014 and was open sourced in 2016. Since then, it’s become the de facto open source choice of many enterprise users and partners for managing container images and building cloud native applications.

Getting accepted into the CNCF is a major milestone for Harbor – it’s one of few open source projects to ever achieve this. Harbor now joins Open vSwitch and the IO Visor project as the third VMware-originated project to be donated to The Linux Foundation, which oversees CNCF.

Massive kudos, then, should go to project founder and VMware Technical Director for China R&D Haining Henry Zhang and his team for their vision, persistence and commitment to building Harbor and its vibrant community of users and contributors.

“CNCF’s decision to host Harbor opens up huge opportunities for the project to grow,” Henry told VMware’s Cloud Native Blog. “We expect increased collaboration with and contributions from the community to help build Harbor into the top project in container image management space,” he added.

Luckily for us, Henry and his colleagues are regular contributors to the Open Source Blog.  Keep an eye out here for news about Harbor’s development as their project continues to grow, and be sure to follow us (@vmwopensource) and Harbor (@project_harbor) on Twitter for all the latest updates.