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A growing Knative ecosystem
When we first announced Knative, it included three main components: build, eventing, and serving, all of which have received significant investment and adoption from the community. Recently the build component has been spun out of Knative into a new project, Tekton. Tekton focuses on solving a much broader set of continuous integration use-cases than was Knative’s original intent. 

But perhaps the biggest indicator of Knative’s momentum is the increase in commercial Knative-based products on the market. Our own Cloud Run is based on Knative, and several members of the community also have products based on Knative, including IBM, Red Hat, SAP, TriggerMesh and Pivotal

“We are excited to be partnering with Google on the Knative project. Knative enables us to build new innovative managed services in the cloud, easily, without having to recreate the essential building blocks. Knative is a game-changer, finally making serverless workload portability  a reality.” - Sebastien Goasguen, Co-Founder, TriggerMesh

“Red Hat has been working alongside the community and innovators like Google on Knative since its inception. By adding the Knative APIs to Red Hat OpenShift, our enterprise Kubernetes platform, developers have the ability to build portable serverless applications. We look forward to enabling more serverless workloads with Red Hat OpenShift Serverless based on Knative as the project nears general availability. This has the potential to improve the general ease of Kubernetes for developers, helping teams to run modern applications across hybrid architectures.” - William Markito Oliveira, senior principal product manager, Red Hat 

To learn more about Knative and the community look out for an upcoming interview with Evan Anderson, Google Cloud engineer, and a Knative technical lead on the SAP Customer Experience Labs podcast. 

Knative: the basis of Google Cloud Run
At Google Cloud Next 2019, we announced Cloud Run, our newest serverless compute platform that lets you run stateless request-driven containers without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure—no more configuration, provisioning, patching and managing servers. Cloud Run autoscales your application from zero to N depending on traffic and you only pay for the resources that you use. Cloud Run is available both as a fully managed offering and also as an add-on in Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). 

We believe Cloud Run is the best way to use Knative. With Cloud Run, you choose how to run  your serverless workloads: fully managed on Google Cloud or on GKE. You can even choose to move your workloads on-premises running on your own Kubernetes cluster or to a third-party cloud. Knative makes it easy to start with Cloud Run and later move to Cloud Run on GKE, or start in your own Kubernetes cluster and migrate to Cloud Run in the future. Because it uses Knative as the underlying platform, you can move your workloads freely across platforms, while significantly reducing switching costs. 

Customers such as Percy.io use both Cloud Run and Cloud Run on GKE and love the fact they can leverage the same experience and UI wherever they need.

“We first started running our workloads on Cloud Run as fully managed on Google Cloud, but then wanted to leverage some of the benefits of Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), so we decided to move some services to Cloud Run on GKE. The fact we can seamlessly move from one platform to another by just changing the endpoint is amazing, and that they both have the same UI and interface makes it extremely easy to manage.” - David Jones, Director of Engineering, Percy.io

Get started with Knative today!
Knative brings portability to your serverless workloads and the simple and easy developer experience to your Kubernetes platform. It is truly the best of both worlds. If you operate your own Kubernetes environment, check out Knative today. If you’re a developer, check out Cloud Run as an easy way to experience the benefits of Knative. Get started with your free trial on Google Cloud—we can’t wait to see what you will build.