Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces Argo Graduated

Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces Argo Graduated

One of the most active CNCF projects, Argo, is endorsed by industry leaders such as Adobe, BlackRock, Capital One, Google, Intuit, Peloton, Tesla and Ticketmaster

SAN FRANCISCO, December 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Cloud Native Computing® Foundation (CNCF®), which builds sustainable ecosystems for cloud-native software, today announced the graduation of Argowhich will join other graduate projects such as Kubernetes, Prometheus and Envoy.

CNCF is the open-source, vendor-neutral hub for cloud native computing, hosting projects like Kubernetes and Prometheus to make cloud native universal and durable.  (PRNewsphoto/Cloud Native Computing Foundation)

CNCF is the open-source, vendor-neutral hub for cloud native computing, hosting projects like Kubernetes and Prometheus to make cloud native universal and durable. (PRNewsphoto/Cloud Native Computing Foundation)

The Argo project enables organizations to declaratively deploy and run cloud-native applications and workflows on Kubernetes using GitOps. Created and open sourced in 2017 by Applatix, which was acquired by Intuit, the Argo project has been accepted into the CNCF incubator in April 2020. Intuit, along with BlackRock – which contributed Argo Events to the project – have been heavily involved in the development and culture of the project and the community.

Argo consists of four native Kubernetes sub-projects, including Argo workflow, Argo Events, Argo-CDand Argo Deployments. Argo Workflows enables the creation of complex parallel workflows as Kubernetes resources and is used in many different use cases, from CI/CD pipelines to machine learning workflows. Argo Events provides declarative event-based dependency management and triggers for Kubernetes resources, including Argo Workflows, based on various event sources. The other two subprojects, Argo CDs and Argo Rollouts, help engineers understand, adopt, and use Kubernetes and make GitOps best practices much more accessible for teams looking to adopt. These tools can be used independently, but it is very beneficial to use them together to create and operate complex large-scale applications.

“Exiting the CNCF incubator requires a project to achieve hard-to-reach milestones, meaningful adoption, diversity and sustained growth,” said Chris Aniszczyk, technical director of the CNCF. “Argo has proven to be an important part of the cloud-native technology stack and the GitOps movement, we’re excited to see him graduate.”

Argo is actively used in production by more than 350 organizations – a 250% increase since joining the CNCF incubator – including Adobe, Blackrock, Capital One, Google, Intuit, PagerDuty, Peloton, Snyk, Swisscom, Tesla and Volvo and in the latest survey of CNCF users, over 50% of respondents said they were running Argo in production or evaluating it. With 2,300 companies and 8,000 individuals contributing to the project, it is one of CNCF’s strongest and most diverse communities.

“We started the Argo project after realizing the limitless potential of adding new functionality to Kubernetes through its powerful extension mechanism. Argo Workflows and Events has enabled data scientists to leverage Kubernetes clusters in unforeseen and During this time, DevOps engineers fell in love with how Argo CD and deployments brought both simplicity and power to the application delivery experience,” said Jesse Money, co-creator of the Argo project, co-founder and CTO at Akuity. “We are honored that Argo is now ranked among other incredible CNCF projects such as Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy, and incredibly proud of what our incredible community has accomplished.”

“Argo passed all the tests the CNCF threw at it. Graduation means Argo meets the highest standards for security, user adoption, and governance. By any measure, Argo is a mature, enduring, and successful open source project,” said And Garfield, maintainer of the Argo project, director of open source and co-founder of Codefresh. “More than a graduation, our incredible community shows how powerful and mature the Argo project is.”

“Cloud-native and open-source technologies are at the core of Intuit’s infrastructure, enabling us to increase the speed of overall development at scale,” said practice wader, senior vice president of product development at Intuit. “Argo has also been integral to this journey, from our humble beginnings where we created the Argo project at Applatix to how we operate and maintain today’s multi-faceted tools at Intuit. We believe in the power of open collaboration and are committed to our role as users and maintainers. It is humbling and inspiring to be part of this passionate and committed community.”

“As an early contributor to Argo, we saw the technology’s potential to make it easier for organizations to adopt a GitOps approach to OpenShift application and cluster deployments,” said Joe Fernandes, vice president and general manager of hybrid cloud platforms at Red Hat. “We’ve seen the project evolve to bring developers and operations closer together and address the use cases experienced by enterprise customers in multi-cluster Kubernetes environments. Argo is an integral part of the Red Hat OpenShift ecosystem and forms the foundation of OpenShift GitOps and we look forward to continuing to support and contribute to the project beyond graduation.”

Support for end users

“At Adobe, we use the four Argo projects to drive various workflows, including CI/CD, just-in-time provisioning, cluster updates, and more,” said Aya Ivtsan, Principal Scientist at Adobe . “Argo’s modularity and versatility, along with its vibrant community, has helped us deliver flexible and extensible solutions to Adobe developers. We are thrilled to see Argo achieve CNCF graduate status and look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Argo community!

“When BlackRock decided to write an event-driven system for Kubernetes to fill a gap we saw in the industry, we knew we wanted to donate it to an existing high-quality open source organization, where native cloud systems were being built and there was a like-minded community. Project Argo was quickly identified as the organization and community we wanted to work with,” said mike bowen Senior Principal Engineer and OSPO Director at BlackRock. “Working with the Argo community to create Argo Events has been a catalyst for many follow-up opportunities for BlackRock within the Argo project, the Linux Foundation and the CNCF as a whole and has yielded many positive business products and results in our native cloud domain. For example, we went from running imperative shell scripts deploying hundreds of applications across dozens of clusters to using Argo CD. Argo CD provides the scalability and robustness needed to deploy thousands of applications to hundreds of clusters using numerous Kubernetes distributions.

“Argo tools are widely used by several teams at CERN,” said Ricardo Rocha, computer engineer at CERN. “Argo CD has made multi-cluster and application management easier with GitOps, accelerating the deployment process and improving overall service availability. With Argo Workflows, physicists have gained a new way to manage their comprehensive analysis code in a We are excited about Argo’s graduation and can’t wait to see what comes next.”

To graduate, Argo has met the rigorous standards required for a mature and stable project, including a clear governance and engagement process, healthy growth and adoption, and high security and compliance standards. Argo has implemented and maintains an OpenSSF Best Practices Badge and went through a third-party security audit in July 2022.

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Cloud-native computing enables organizations to build and run scalable applications with an open-source software stack across public, private, and hybrid clouds. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosts critical components of the global technology infrastructure, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy. The CNCF brings together the best developers, end users and suppliers in the industry and organizes the largest open source developer conferences in the world. Backed by more than 800 members, including the world’s largest cloud computing and software companies, as well as more than 200 innovative startups, CNCF is part of the nonprofit Linux Foundation. For more information, please visit

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