Day 1 at KubeCon + CloudNative in Seattle was a real blast! Thousands of visitors browsed at dozens of booths and attended hundreds of sessions on topics ranging from containers to serverless environments and machine learning. The atmosphere was electric, the food was tasty, the industry announcements were important, and excitement was high. We are happy to again be participating in this event!
As in May 2018 in Copenhagen, the turnout at KubeCon is massive. CNFC estimated that more than 8,000 people (developers, business leaders, tech journalists, etc.) are visiting Washington State Convention Center in Seattle through Thursday. These numbers really show the heightened interest of tech community in containers, Kubernetes, and other cloud native technologies that are so close to our heart, too.
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has done an excellent job of gathering the important players in the Kubernetes and cloud native landscape, including major competitors like Microsoft, Google, Oracle, and AWS under a single roof. We are proud to join them as a Silver Sponsor.
As always, companies are using KubeCon to update the community on their projects and make important announcements. In particular, Google, Elastic, Oracle, DigitalOcean, and Instana, and others were among those making major announcements.
However, the top news of the day was the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) ‘s Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) voting to accept etcd as an incubation-level hosted project. That’s very important because etcd plays a huge role in the Kubernetes ecosystem. It’s a distributed key value store first developed by CoreOS and designed for reliability and scalability in distributed cluster environments. Etcd is used as Kubernetes’ backing store — a source of truth for all cluster data. The system also manages master election using the Raft consensus algorithm that also secures recovery from hardware failures and ensures high availability in Kubernetes clusters. We, at Supergiant, also use etcd for storing data associated with cloud accounts, applications, clusters, and other stuff managed by the Supergiant toolkit.
Besides technical announcements, there was some awesome cultural stuff, too! For example, Microsoft announced that it’s donating The Illustrated Children’s Guide to Kubernetes with all cartoon characters to CNCF. Now, everyone can use Microsoft’s cartoon animals to explain Kubernetes for free. Phippy and friends are now open sourced under the Creative Commons license.
At the Day 1 keynote, Microsoft also presented a new storybook titled “Phippy Goes to The Zoo: A Kubernetes Story!” It was a cool experience to watch a funny giraffe and zebra learning Kubernetes in the zoo! Your friends at Supergiant recommend that you check out this new storybook, regardless of your understanding of Kubernetes!
Booth crawl sessions are already open, so don’t miss out an opportunity to get a demo of our new Supergiant 2.0.0 toolkit. We’re developing a great user community around this toolkit and have a ton of new features to share with you. We will be glad to hear your feedback about the toolkit, too.
And don’t forget to ask for a Supergiant branded t-shirt and a Kubernetes pocket dictionary with the most important cloud-native terms that help you navigate the complex cloud-native landscape. If you can’t make it to KubeCon, you can download the PDF version of our dictionary for free here. Enjoy!