Helm Project Advances to Help Cloud Native Application Packaging

Sean Michael Kerner | June 01, 2018

Helm Project Advances to Help Cloud Native Application Packaging
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation announced on June 1 that Helm is now the group's newest project. Open-source Helm is an increasingly adopted technology that enables operators to easily deploy applications into the cloud. Helm had been a sub-project of the Kubernetes container orchestration project but is becoming an incubation-level hosted project at the CNCF. The new status is an indicator of the growing importance and utility of Helm as a package management platform for the cloud. "With Helm we want to bring the package management metaphor that we saw in the operating system world into Kubernetes," Matt Butcher, principal software development engineer at Microsoft and co-founder of the Helm project, told eWEEK. "Our original purpose was just to help people get started on Kubernetes because the learning curve for Kubernetes is and was very steep." The Helm project was originally created by Butcher's team at Deis, a company that Microsoft acquired in April 2017. Butcher said the original effort to build Helm was done in a three-day hackathon competition at Deis to build new technology.

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