• Rebranding itself as Traefik Labs SAS, Containous SAS, a cloud-native networking organization, introduced its new product, “Traefik Pilot.”

As per sources, Traefik Labs SAS plans to build an open-source networking stack for microservices that are the components of container-based software applications.

In January, Traefik Labs raised about USD 10 million in Series A round of funding. The company first built an open-source and cloud-native application proxy called Traefik. Further, Traefik made it easy for developers to handle inbound connections from the internet to their Kubernetes-based infrastructure. It built a cloud-native alternative called Traefik Proxy to conventional network routers that lack essential elements such as auto-scaling, service discovery, and automation.

Traefik Proxy became popular among developers within a short period, accumulating more than 30,000 stars on the GitHub platform where its hosted. Mailchimp, Conde Nast, and eBay Inc. are some of the most significant users.

“We created Traefik because we needed application networking that could handle the complexity and scale of the cloud,” commented Emile Vauge, Founder and CEO of Traefik Labs. “It turned out, a lot of other people wanted the same thing: open-source networking built from the ground up for DevOps and microservices. Since Traefik is at the heart of everything we do, it was natural to make it the heart of our identity as well.”

The company has also developed Traefik Maesh, an open-source service mesh used by developers to monitor, connect, and secure traffic from their Kubernetes applications. It also offers a dedicated infrastructure layer that monitors service-to-service communication over the network, thus, giving microservices a modest way to discuss with each other.

Traefik Enterprise is bundled with the commercial versions of Traefik Mesh and Traefik, thus adding additional elements that offer extra security with additional support and deployment options.

Traefik Pilot is a novel centralized software-as-a-service (SaaS) control center and a plug-in hub for Traefik servers. It offers security, observability, and monitoring for the Traefik application proxy. Moreover, it allows users to set alerts and see details of the health and status of their Traefik instances in real-time. Using Traefik Pilot, one can install, create, and publish add-on packages to extend the functionality of Traefik.

Vauge added, “Traefik Pilot opens up Traefik so developers can tailor it to their own needs and make the entire platform more capable.” He also said, “What makes Traefik powerful and even fun to use is that it provides both simplicity and flexibility. Traefik automates complexity away, and Traefik Pilot makes the networking stack infinitely extensible.”

Holger Mueller, VP and amp; Principal Analyst at Constellation Research, said, “Providing connectivity for container deployments is difficult, in the same way, that container storage also presents a serious challenge to enterprises.”

“With hybrid and multicloud deployments, it becomes even harder to manage and control network traffic,” Mueller commented. “Traefik Labs is following the proven path of many open-source vendors, offering value-added products in the service of its popular open-source tools. It’s a strong statement for open source overall, which is taking over innovation in the technology stack.”

“What the wire is to electricity, we want to be for the cloud,” Vauge said. “Right now, enterprises need many different tools to manage application connectivity, from ingress control to service mesh to global load balancing. We’re creating a simple, unified stack that can be used to manage the entire network across data centers, on-premises servers and public clouds all the way out to the edge.”