Cloud computing with Kubernetes has evolved to a widely accepted de-facto standard without vendor lock-in for creating scalable and flexible applications for critical business systems of record. Project “Gardener” is a production proven open-source Kubernetes-as-a-Service solution. SAP, as well as a growing number of community members are using project “Gardener” to fully automate and operate a global, multi-cloud, and hybrid Kubernetes service. It often serves as a fundamental gateway platform for important cloud services. In this session we will highlight how project “Gardener” itself is a cloud-native application, recursively reducing development and operational costs. Together with our community member 23technologies, we will demonstrate how we can enable the Gaia-X vision of an open, independent multi provider and cloud-edge continuum. The speakers will cover the advantages of combining Gardener Project with additional open source projects like Garden Linux and SapMachine.