Upbound Launches Spaces, Bringing the Power of Managed Control Planes to Fully Self-Hosted Environments

Enabling platform engineers to extend the power of Upbound managed control planes, backed by Crossplane, into their cloud environments or on-premises

SEATTLE, WA — September 6, 2023 — Upbound, the cloud control plane company behind the popular Crossplane open source project, announced Spaces, a new self-hosting feature of Upbound’s flagship product for platform teams to deploy managed control planes in their self-managed environments. Upbound brings Spaces to customers with rigorous compliance and data sovereignty requirements for their internal developer platforms (IDPs) and cloud-native Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC). Businesses with specific self-managed needs, from air-gapped to in their own cloud environments, can benefit from using Upbound managed control planes now with improved scale, declarative APIs, and Git integration.

Supercharged Control Planes for Cloud or On-Prem, Enforcing Compliance

Businesses are facing increasing complexity and need to still maintain or even increase developer velocity, while also meeting their compliance requirements. Control planes are the solution–constantly running services engineers use to standardize and accelerate application and infrastructure deployment across the business. Upbound supercharges control planes for customers and enables them to run them where they want, adhering to their requirements of data security, regulatory compliance, and operational control.

“By using Upbound, we are able to shift complex cloud-native management and deployment to a highly scalable service rather than trying to manage it all ourselves,” said Dylan Moore, principal engineer, Variphy. “Upbound's new self-hosted feature gives us more options for where we deploy managed control planes. This helps us be more efficient while allowing flexibility for future deployment requirements.”

Spaces is a new Upbound feature. With the addition of Spaces, organizations can now deploy managed control planes in any cloud provider or even on-premises and get the same benefits as the existing Upbound managed service while meeting compliance and security standards. Platform engineers get the following from Upbound:

  • “Run everywhere” control planes: With Upbound-managed and self-hosted options, managed control planes are more accessible to businesses with rigorous compliance and data sovereignty requirements. Spaces require no connectivity to Upbound, so platform teams have full control of their control plane environment’s data while still getting the ability to scale, automate and improve efficiency.
  • Decoupled control planes from Kubernetes clusters: Run multiple managed control planes in a Space and achieve superior utilization and bin-packing of your control plane hosting infrastructure. Spin up control planes in seconds without needing a new Kubernetes cluster for every control plane.
  • Declarative API: Use the Kubernetes-style declarative API to create new managed control planes in a Space.
  • Improved Git Integration: Available in alpha, teams define their APIs and use Git workflows to push changes to the control plane. Spaces will work with any Version Control Service, from GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, or other services that support Git auth.

“As Portugal’s largest private bank, we invest in the best technologies to provide us with business value while enabling us to adhere to our compliance standards. Upbound helped us to modernize and standardize our workflow backed by control planes, leading our platform team to save thousands of hours yearly, reducing human error and improving compliance and visibility,” said Nuno Guedes, cloud compute lead, Millennium bcp. “Upbound Spaces enables us to reach new scale and service continuity targets while providing a tailored control plane experience to our internal customers.”

“Companies need to stop pushing and praying. Scripting-based approaches are inherently brittle–engineers worry, ‘Is this tiny change going to conflict with the 100 changes that others in my organization have made?’ The only solution is abstraction. Define your APIs, and have them managed continuously by a control plane. Control planes are a much better way to manage cloud-native resources and build fast, effective internal development platforms,” said Oren Teich, chief product officer at Upbound. “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.”

Upbound is offered by a consumption pricing that scales according to the number of managed resources being actively reconciled across all of a customer’s control planes. Learn more and contact Upbound for a free trial and access.

About Upbound

Upbound is democratizing the best-kept secret in cloud computing — the control plane. By leveraging custom APIs, cloud engineers are no longer hindered by configuration drift, multiplying workspaces and frustrated developers. With Upbound, platform engineers get centralized control, governance and stability and developers get the freedom of self-service.

Upbound is the creator and maintainer of the popular open source project Crossplane, a framework for building cloud-native control planes. The company is a Series B startup and has raised $69M in total funding. Upbound’s backers include GV (formerly Google Ventures), Altimeter Capital and Intel Capital. For more information, visit upbound.io.

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