I was lucky to get my Cloud Native Patterns (video, slides) lightning talk accepted and attended CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe 2017 in Berlin. The following is a quick brain/camera dump while the adrenaline and the excitement of the conference are still in my veins.
The conference had 1,200 attendees, which was three times bigger than last year's conference in London.
Software is eating the world.
Open source is eating software.
Cloud (is that Cloud Native?) is eating open source.
All the sessions were really well attended and, in some sessions, people weren't let in. Below is a shot (and the video) from Autoscaling in Kubernetes by Marcin Wielgus.
It was also interesting to see that Philips Hue (smart lights) started evaluating Kubernetes after last year's KubeCon, and today they, run a smart light backend in production.
A common theme across a few sessions was about the fact that Kubernetes makes the lives of Ops people easy, but it also makes the lives of developers harder. The entrance level for Kubernetes is quite high, which prevents faster adoption.
Coming from a Java background, this is a topic that is close to my heart as well. I've been trying to educate the Java community why containerized, cloud-native points of view and Kubernetes matter, and it is great to see that it is a widely recognized theme and a priority for the cloud-native community.
Lots of companies presented at the conference, from big players such Google, Red Hat, IBM, and Microsoft (which also offers Kubernetes as a service), to Mesosphere. And there were many other smaller companies and new startups, where everybody does something around cloud-native. (Would have been nice if Cloud Foundry had also shown up as cloud-native pioneers).
Containerized USB sticks and Kubernerts-based OpenShift books flew off the table.
- At these events, you can see and feel how CNCF is building a great community of users accompanied by a collaborative ecosystem of companies.
- At least half of the keynote sessions were given by women. That is at least 10 times higher than other open source conferences.
- Kubernetes (and other CNCF projects) have to become more user/developer friendly. Expect that to happen next!
- All the recordings from the conferences are on YouTube already. Check them out, feel the vibe, and become part of it.
- Don't miss CloudNativeCon + KubeCon, set for Dec. 6-8, 2017 in Texas.