Containous discuss the need for updated open source edge routers

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After the successful release of its first open-source cloud native edge router, the cloud firm Containous has recently announced an updated version of its previous product.  The firm has named the product Traefik 2.0 and it’s hoped the new release will give software development teams more control over networking capabilities for their applications.

Containous believes that the new feature will bring higher levels of TCP routing support, advanced routing capabilities, and better developer experiences.

Gérald Croës, VP of Engineering at Containous, spoke to DevOps Online exclusively to discuss Traefik 2.0.

How has version 2.0 done thus far with users?

Users have been very eager to play with Traefik 2.0 — the announcement of its GA was very well received. We measure adoption based on the feedback we get, and we already see many developers moving to 2.0. This feedback is very important to us; it helps us steer the open source project in the right direction.

What do you attribute to the popularity of Traefik 2.0 to?

TCP support and the new possibilities available with middleware, new TLS options, canary, and mirroring are the reasons that sway people into migrating to Traefik 2.0. Traefik’s popularity has always been about two things: community and simplicity, and the two get along very well. Traefik 2.0 makes configuration logical and enables endless possibilities. Users can assemble pieces and shape routes to fit into their system perfectly. And of course, Traefik 2.0 still embeds features that go beyond routing, like metrics, tracing, and so on. For contributors, 2.0 also makes their life more comfortable; maintainers did their best to provide an architecture that will let people add many features (and we can’t wait to see what will happen).

Why does the industry need an updated version of the open source edge router?

Updating our open source edge router is the next logical step toward simplifying users’ stack. With TCP support, Traefik can now handle even more traffic than before, and users can now rely only on Traefik for routing everything. Our aim with Traefik is to continue to put it into the category of software that you run and forget… because it just works.

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