KubeCon & CloudNativeCon Europe 2018 – Roundup of the best talks

On the 1st week of May I visited Copenhagen to attend the KubeCon & CloudNativeCon event. My impressions of the event were much akin to that of a kid in Disneyland. The growth of KubeCon from just a handful of attendees in 2015 to over 5000 in Copenhagen is testament to the explosive growth and adoption of its projects, particularly Kubernetes. Credits to the CNCF for the excellent organization despite the scale.

There were a few themes and announcements in this edition, like operators, efforts on serverless, service mesh, etc. To me, the highlight of the event was the “hallway track” where I bumped into quite a number of peers and end-users from all different kinds of businesses. Plus, having one-on-one chas with the who’s who of the industry like Joe Beda and Kelsey Hightower was the icing on the cake.

In true open source spirit, the CNCF makes video recordings from the event available online, and this time it got everything (over 300 sessions) uploaded within 2 days of the event. That is months of binge watching. Here is a cherry-picked list of the 5 most notable talks from the event, which captures a good essence of the event.

CNCF 2020 Vision by Alexis Richardson, Founder & CEO, Weaveworks

If there is one talk that you can watch to get up to speed to what the CNCF is all about, it is this one. I have seen Alexis’ talk previously too, and the clarity with which he lays out the vision is pretty amazing.

Serverless, Not So FaaS – Kelsey Hightower, Kubernetes Community Member, Google

CNCF is assuming a key role in bringing about standardization of serverless technology. In his keynote, industry celebrity Kelsey Hightower explains how this is happening and introduces the cloud-events project.

Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones – Simon Wardley, Researcher, Leading Edge Forum

This is a talk about strategy, situational awareness, maps, patterns and serverless by Simon Wardley. This has to be one of the best talks I have ever heard at any event, and had the audience in splits.

Anatomy of a Production Kubernetes Outage – Oliver Beattie, Head of Engineering, Monzo Bank

Talking about your failure in front of 5000 people takes guts. In this talk Oliver does just that as he dives deep into a production outage. Very valuable lessons learnt from this talk.

Software’s Community – Dave Zolotusky, Software Engineer, Spotify

Spotify has made great technical accomplishments, but here Dave talks all about the people aspect, and how he leveraged the community to get help in accomplishing things.

To conclude

So those were my top 5 talks from KubeCon Europe. Of course you can view all the talks here: