# Welcome to Kuma
Welcome to the documentation for Kuma, a modern distributed Control Plane for service mesh with a bundled Envoy proxy integration.
The word "Kuma" means "bear" in Japanese (クマ).
The core maintainer of Kuma is Kong, the maker of the popular open-source Kong Gateway 🦍.
There's a new docs page that explains how your Kuma deployment collects data: what data is collected, and how to turn off data collection. See data collection.