• Upbound Spaces empowers customers with stringent compliance and data sovereignty demands to leverage the Crossplane control plane technology.
  • Upbound introduced Spaces, a tailored iteration of Crossplane designed to cater to businesses with specialized self-management requirements, including air-gapped servers and private cloud environments.

The company Upbound Inc., which founded the well-known open-source Crossplane project, just unveiled a new self-hosting feature for its flagship control plane technology. This feature enables users to deploy managed control planes in self-managed computing environments.

Utilizing the company’s Crossplane control plane technology is made possible for clients with stringent compliance and data sovereignty requirements by Upbound Spaces.

In the world of multicloud management, the 2018 launch of Crossplane represented a significant advancement. Teams developing Kubernetes-based applications can address cloud resources and infrastructure from various providers using a single declarative API provided by this solution. Engineers can standardize and expedite application and infrastructure deployment across their business using Crossplane.

Crossplane uses infrastructure-as-code and the Kubernetes container orchestration platform as cloud-native technologies to centralize control. Developers can make Workload abstractions available on top of Kubernetes to simplify cross-cloud migration.

In a 2019 whitepaper, Upbound’s Founder and CEO, Bassam Tabbara, argued that cloud computing requires an open-source control plane that isn’t exclusive to a few cloud providers. With Crossplane, teams can assemble infrastructure from various cloud providers and make higher-level self-service APIs available to application teams without writing much code. Teams no longer have to rely on exclusive control planes offered by companies like Microsoft Corp., Google LLC, and Amazon Web Services Inc.

When the Cloud Native Computing Foundation designated Crossplane as an incubating project in 2022, it made steady progress and piqued the interest of some of the biggest technology companies in the world. A beta version of Crossplane wasmade available on IBM Cloud in 2020, and Red Hat Inc. also partnered with Crossplane to provide infrastructure.

According to Upbound, a version of Crossplane called Spaces will appeal to companies with particular, self-managed requirements like air-gapped servers and their cloud environments. Customers can operate control planes wherever they choose as long as they adhere to their particular standards for data security, legal compliance, and operational control. Businesses can now set up fully managed control planes in any cloud or on-premises system and get the same benefits as if they were using the standard Upbound managed service.

In order to standardize and modernize its workflows using control planes, Portugal’s largest private bank was assisted by Upbound, according to Millennium BCP Cloud Compute Lead Nuno Guedes, saving thousands of hours of engineering time each year. He said, “Upbound Spaces enables us to reach new scale and service continuity targets while providing a tailored control plane experience to our internal customers.”

Control plane abstraction is the best way to manage cloud-native resources and construct quick, efficient internal development platforms, according to Upbound Chief Product Officer Oren Teich. He said, “Scripting-based approaches are inherently brittle, and engineers worry. Upbound has unlocked a new level of opportunity for these technical teams to get the benefits of cloud-native control planes wherever they want, managed by us or in their own environments.”

The cost of Spaces is based on consumption, and it scales based on how many managed resources are being actively reconciled between the user’s various control planes.