Mirantis has announced a new Extensions API, enabling development of extensions for integration with any Kubernetes integrated component, toolkit, or service.

In conjunction with the announcement, Mirantis and makers of many popular CNCF projects announced Lens extensions.

Lens Extensions helps users add custom visualizations and functionality to support their preferred cloud native technologies and to accelerate their development workflows.

The extensions API will provide an array of options for extension authors to plug directly into the Lens IDE. Extensions can also be used in conjunction with services deployed from the Helm chart repository for a fully integrated experience.

Several partners in the Lens ecosystem today announced support for Lens extensions: Kubernetes security vendors Aqua and Carbonetes, API gateway maker Ambassador Labs (formerly Datawire), and AIOps pioneer Carbon Relay.

Other partners are actively building extensions including nCipher (hardware-based key management), Venafi, who support Kubernetes cert-manager, Tigera (Calico open source and Calico Enterprise), API gateway maker Kong, and container security solution provider StackRox.

The Extensions API and first batch of Extensions are expected to be generally available around KubeCon Virtual North America 2020, but are already available for partners.

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