KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Barcelona: Day 1

The first day of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2019 at the Fira Gran Via exhibition center in Barcelona is officially over. Supergiant’s travel team has previously participated in large events like KubeCons, but the Fira Gran Via exhibition center stunned even the most experienced KubeCon goers with its sheer scale.

This KubeCon will probably become the largest event in the history of the CNCF-hosted conferences. Roughly estimated, the conference has attracted over 10,000 visitors, which is up 2,000 compared to the previously largest-ever KubeCon + CloudNativeCon yet in Seattle in December 2018.

The convention is very representative as well. Hundreds of companies representing cloud-native ecosystem including Google, Docker, Red Hat, and IBM, and CNCF-backed projects Prometheus, Envoy, Linkerd, OpenTracing, and, of course, Kubernetes have all joined together to further the cloud-native ecosystem. Supergiant is proud to join these sponsors as a Gold sponsor of this event.

It’s nothing new that Kubernetes is a leading container orchestration platform. Today, Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the CNCF, tried to explain the K8s phenomenon in his morning keynote.

The subject of his speech was simultaneous innovation and what it takes to stand out from competitors. According to Kohn, from the historical perspective, container orchestration shares similarities with a number of other important “inventions” like evolution, calculus, the greenhouse effect, etc. As with all of these technologies, Kubernetes has been “in the air” for a while and was discovered by several people/companies simultaneously. Container orchestration had strong prerequisites, too. It has been “standing on the shoulders” of such giants as Linux and the Internet itself. As a result, a number of container orchestration platforms such as Alibaba Sigma, Amazon Apollo, Apache Mesos, CoreOS Fleet, Facebook Tupperware, Docker Swarm, etc. were simultaneously developed. However, none of these platforms has reached the same level of adoption as Kubernetes. After all, we are at KubeCon 2019 — not MesosCon or ApolloCon. So what is the reason for the popularity of Kubernetes?

According to Kohn, Kubernetes has managed to become a leader in the container orchestration thanks to the combination of three factors:

  • Battlefield-tested architectural principles and a solid codebase sprung from the decade-long experience of running production clusters by Google. State-of-the-art architectural principles make Kubernetes extremely stable and fault-tolerant in production.
  • Kubernetes is a vendor-neutral open source. Contrary to many other projects, Kubernetes is not locked into a single vendor. Many large companies including Red Hat, Google, and IBM support Kubernetes.
  • Powerful ecosystem and knowledge transfer. Thanks to vendor-neutral organizations such as CNCF and a developed system of expertise transfer and assessment (KCSP, CKA, CKAD), the Kubernetes ecosystem ensures efficient knowledge transfer, efficiently prevents fragmentation, and encourages bottom-up leadership from developers in many companies.

As a result, according to Cheryl Hung, Director of Ecosystem at CNCF, Kubernetes has already attracted 2.66 million contributions from over 50000 developers. Such venues as KubeCon further the cause of containers and Kubernetes even more.

Meet Supergiant At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Barcelona

The Supergiant team looks forward to meeting you at the #G1 booth at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Barcelona. There you will have an opportunity to:

  • Talk with our Kubernetes experts and learn about our services.
  • See the demo of the Supergiant Toolkit 2.1.0 designed to make your Kubernetes adoption painless.
  • Collect a conference discount for any Supergiant University Kubernetes training courses.
  • Grab a copy of the Kubernetes Pocket Dictionary — the coolest and most useful swag at KubeCon. Tweet @supergiantio with a pic!

Also, two of our CKAs – Clarke Vennerbeck and Aaron Teague – are among just over a hundred (among 1000+) candidates whose speeches were approved by the conference review committee. On Thursday, May 23, 11:55 – 12:30, they will present entitled “Making Kubernetes Experts” in Hall 8.0 D2. They will discuss tactics, approaches, and practical tips for training teams of any skill level to create new generations of Kubernetes experts.

Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Learn

KubCon + CloudNativeCon is a wonderful place to meet new people and to learn. If you are passionate about cloud-native technologies and Kubernetes, you can visit dozens of sessions devoted to everything ranging from container security to Machine Learning and Serverless. Here is a partial list of topics covered at the KubeCon this year.

  • Container runtimes (e.g., Docker, containerd)
  • Kubernetes use cases
  • Customizing and extending Kubernetes
  • Microservices (e.g., gRPC)
  • Service meshes (e.g., Istio)
  • Cloud native approaches like CI/CD
  • Monitoring, logging, and auditing toolkits
  • Machine learning and data
  • Observability
  • Serverless
  • Storage and container networking

You can find the complete sessions schedule here.

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