CoWork @KubeCon + CloudNativeCon


Christoffer Vig

This years KubeCon + CloudNativeCon gathered a crowd of 7000 enthusiastic Native Cloud and Kubernetes people in Valencia, Spain from May 16 to 20.

KubeCon revolves around Kubernetes  - “the cloud-native operating system”, and the enormous ecosystem of components used in conjunction with it, most of which are open source projects. Kubernetes itself was born back in 2014,  as an open source version of a tool Google developed internally to handle their massive amounts of data. The Kubernetes Documentary provides an insider view of this fascinating story. 

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, or CNCF for short, is an organization providing backing to in the ecosystem.

CNCF is experiencing rapid growth, and has grown to more than 800 members and nearly 160 000 people contributing on the code base. CNCF maintains a landscape on all of their projects, continuously updated and available online

At KubeCon I was delighted to meet up with my friends and fellow maintainers from the Jenkins X project, whom I have communicated with over Slack for years, but only now finally got to meet in person. 

KubeCon EU Keynote

The conference went on for five days, with two days devoted to related events, such as GitOpsCon and CDEventsCon, and three days for the main conference.  The keynotes which kicked off the sessions for each day were really good, with a lot of variation in the content. Some of the keynotes were pre-recorded, or at least presented via video-link, such as the message from the Ukrainian CNCF developer Advocate Ihor Dvoretsky who had to attend KubeCon remotely due to the war.

Green computing was presented in the talk on  Accelerate to a Sustainable Future by Kate Mulhall and Emma Collins. We got a fascinating glimpse into the world of how Cern uses Kubernetes to process data from the Hadron Collider

With up to 15 simultaneous tracks it was quite difficult to keep track of everything that was going on.

With the increased number of security incidents happening lately, naturally security was a prominent topic. There were multiple talks on Supply Chain Security, the process of making guarantees and verification that the software you run is not compromised. The talk by Adolfo García Veytia was a blast, with his deep insight into the concepts combined with a fun use of Star Wars characters to explain what risks Supply Chain Security can protect us against.

Make the Secure Kubernetes Supply Chain Work for You - Adolfo García Veytia, Chainguard

However, there may be situations where you want to maximize speed and ease of delivery over security, for a limited time and audience.

The Digital Factory (Digitalfabrikken in Norwegian) is CoWork's concept model for a system combining developers, code and automation to produce digital products.  One of our main concerns when producing digital solutions is the two modes of delivery

  1. Hypotheses - When you are searching for a solution to a problem and want to make changes rapidly
  1. Facts - When you have found a solution and want the solution to be rock solid

We see that Kubernetes, and Jenkins X, which is our go-to solution for CI/CD at the moment, are excellent tools for building such tools.

Next year's KubeCon I hope to be able to bring with me some more CoWorkers, and perhaps we will demo our Digital Factory as well.

The entire playlist of 249 videos is available at YouTube.

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