Karmada is a Kubernetes management system that enables users to run their cloud-native applications across multiple Kubernetes clusters and clouds, with no changes to their applications. 

By using Kubernetes-native APIs and providing advanced scheduling capabilities, Karmada enables open, multi-cloud Kubernetes.

Karmada seeks to offer seamless automation for managing applications across multiple clusters in diverse cloud environments, including both multi-cloud and hybrid cloud setups. The platform’s primary features encompass centralized multi-cloud management, ensuring efficient control over various cloud resources. 

Additionally, Karmada emphasizes high availability, enabling reliable and uninterrupted operation, while also providing robust mechanisms for failure recovery. Another key attribute is its advanced traffic scheduling capabilities, contributing to optimized and well-managed data flow within the multi-cluster application framework.

Karmada offers users the flexibility to seamlessly integrate with leading cloud providers, facilitating automatic allocation and migration across clusters. The platform is designed to operate independently of proprietary vendor orchestration, ensuring users are not confined to a specific provider’s ecosystem. 

This approach empowers users with a broader range of options and promotes an open and interoperable environment for efficient application management across diverse cloud infrastructures, the maintainers explained.

The system incorporates predefined policy sets tailored for various scenarios, including Active-Active, Remote Disaster Recovery, and Geo Redundant setups. It is also designed to be cluster location agnostic, accommodating support for clusters deployed in public cloud environments, on-premises infrastructure, or edge computing locations. According to the project maintainers, this flexibility ensures that users can implement the system across diverse geographical and infrastructural configurations based on their specific needs.

The project is currently hosted by the CNCF, and earlier this week, the organization’s technical oversight committee voted to move the project from Sandbox to Incubator. 

It was created in 2021 as a joint project between several organizations: First Automobile Works, Huawei Cloud, ICBC, SPD Bank, Qutoutiao.com, VIPKid.com, and xiaohongshu.com.