CloudNativeCon: Keynotes

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This is the first in a two part series about Denise Mauldin's experiences at CloudNativeCon.

Part One: Keynotes - Part Two: Day 1 Sessions

Today I’m attending CloudNativeCon, which is also co-located with Kubecon for all things Kubernetes. I was given a diversity ticket to attend by Women Who Code and I’m excited to be here! I know the basic amount about Kubernetes, having mostly used the Hadoop ecosystem instead.

So my goal here is to figure out how I could do the same things I do with Hadoop (Spark, Impala primarily) in a Kubernetes ecosystem that would also let me run jobs easier (Hive seems impenetrable and I’m not sure if that’s even the correct Hadoop ecosystem tool to run jobs).

The keynotes were interesting in learning history of Kubernetes. I was at a Scalability meetup over a year ago that presented on Kubernetes and I thought it was neat then. Seems like there’s been a lot of activity since. The uniqueness of Kubernetes seems to be that each worker machine reaches out to the master machine to get the work it can do rather than the master delegating jobs to the workers.

Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) seems to have a lot of plans to improve training, increase community, and absorb new projects as they’re really useful to the ecosystem. The plans with the Linux Foundation to offer training on edX sound super interesting for someone with very little experience in Kubernetes.

Box Co-founder Sam Ghods gave a keynote defining platforms and why cloud providers aren’t platforms (they don’t abstract enough of the messy stuff away) and why Kubernetes is a platform (it allows you to deploy on all different kinds of cloud providers and bare metal, it has load balancing, scaling, deployment, and remote storage). Optimized for all applications and all infrastructures with a stable API and a great community!

Googler Chen Goldberg gave a great keynote about the details of the Kubernetes project including information about the community change over time. They’re starting a Kubernetes Developer Onboarding Programming to continue to develop the community – It was great to see a woman on stage! I liked that their Special Interest Group model is designed to “Grow Leadership”.

So far it’s interesting. Looking forward to the beginner talks about how to start with Kubernetes.

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