ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Satoshi Kikuchi) and ITOCHU Techno-Solutions America, Inc. (head office: California, USA; President & CEO: Tadaaki Otsuka) participated in developing Gimbal, open source, cloud native load balancing platform with Actapio, Inc. (former name: YJ America, Inc.; hereinafter "Actapio"), the US subsidiary of Yahoo Japan Corporation (hereinafter “Yahoo! JAPAN”). Gimbal is open source software jointly developed by Actapio and Heptio, Inc., which develops services and products around Kubernetes.
Gimbal is a cloud native load balancing platform that manage application traffic into hybrid cloud environments consisting of multiple Kubernetes clusters and OpenStack.
Since 2015, Yahoo! JAPAN has sought to improve infrastructure operational efficiency at a data center in Washington, USA, managed by Actapio. In addition, Yahoo! JAPAN has also conducted initiatives for cloud infrastructure technologies by introducing Kubernetes as well as the existing OpenStack to improve productivity of application development and to optimize system performance.
ITOCHU Techno-Solutions and ITOCHU Techno-Solutions America have joined since the initial phase of the Gimbal project and worked on the scoping, design and development of Gimbal jointly with Actapio and Heptio, and will work together to provide total solutions, including software support.
Actapio and Heptio will deliver a joint presentation on Gimbal at the container infrastructure track at OpenStack Summit, which will be held in Vancouver starting from May 21.
ITOCHU Techno-Solutions received the following comments about its announcement.
Actapio jointly launched this project with Heptio and ITOCHU Techno-Solutions America to modernize our infrastructure with Kubernetes without ripping out existing infrastructure, including OpenStack. Application delivery at scale is key to our business. Gimbal enables faster service discovery and canary deployment that provides instant rollback and to performance measurement. Actapio is delighted to jointly develop new value with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Group.
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