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The New Stack Update

ISSUE 146: KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018

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Talk Talk Talk

“You can manage everything in the Kubernetes way.”

Google software engineer Janet Kuo at KubeCon.
Add It Up
Orchestration Usage at Initial Container Rollout
A recently updated user survey from monitoring software provider Datadog confirms an increase in Kubernetes adoption. We believe this is the result of three factors: 1) more organizations are using containers in production; 2) Kubernetes has emerged as the leading orchestration platform; 3) organizations are choosing to adopt Kubernetes earlier in their cloud native voyage. There is also some evidence that Kubernetes adoption is more likely among organizations that deploy more containers. This article highlights findings from several studies released in conjunction with KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America, a Kubernetes user conference held this week in Seattle.

Deploying containerized applications to production environments necessitated new management tools. In 2016, only 45 percent of those using containers in production were utilizing a container orchestration platform of any kind according to a The New Stack survey. Our 2017 survey saw that figure jump to 61 percent. Surveys conducted by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation in 2018 indicate that well over 80 percent of organizations utilize a container orchestration tool if they’re in production.
What's Happening

It wasn’t that long ago when deploying massive-scale projects to the cloud meant largely creating the underlying infrastructure to make the migration from scratch. This reinventing-the-wheel-like gargantuan task is what Twitter software engineers certainly had to do. But as they figured out how to scale the social media network from Twitter’s days as a fledgling startup to handle today’s 300 million regular users, they also, almost by accident it seems, created the basis for the first service mesh: Linkerd. In a recent podcast, William Morgan, now CEO of Buoyant, the creator and primary sponsor of Linkerd, discusses the project with Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief of The New Stack.

Buoyant CEO on Linkerd's Origins During Twitter's Heady Early Days

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018

Is Kubernetes, and its set of associated cloud native technologies, moving into the mainstream? A few weeks back, at IFX 2018, we ran into Cloud Native Computing Foundation executive director Dan Kohn, who had a nifty graphic that shows the usual progress of a technology as it moves from the bleeding edge to everyday use. He made the case that Kubernetes itself is moving beyond the early adopters to the “early majority,” or pragmatic users.

Certainly, this week at the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon event in Seattle, this appeared to be the case, with the enterprise software vendors polishing up Kubernetes-related software offerings. Oracle released a framework that allows developers to build Kubernetes-based applications that can run on-site or in the cloud. And VMware released a professional version of the Istio service mesh for Kubernetes, with additional business-oriented reporting features.

But for Kubernetes, these are still early days. We were reminded of this by SUSE senior product marketing manager Jennifer Kotzen, who we ran into by the snack table at the conference. She had been manning the SUSE booth and was taking note of who was stopping by, compared to previous KubeCon events. She saw a lot more developers there this year, and found many who had taken a fresh interest in using Cloud Foundry as the PaaS Layer (SUSE itself offers a combined Kubernetes/Cloud Foundry package). Many people who had stopped by have not used Kubernetes in any sort of serious way, however. Many were at KubeCon because they heard the buzz and wanted to investigate. And of those who were using Kubernetes, they were running an upstream version, rather than a commercial distribution from an enterprise software provider.

From a technical point of view, much of the heavy lifting has already been done to make Kubernetes battle-hardened. But there is serious work left to be done to get the word out to the people. With over 8,000 people at this year’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, that work is well underway.

The Etcd Database Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Etcd, the distributed key-value database powering every single Kubernetes cluster in the world has joined Kubernetes in being an open source project managed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

KubeCon: New Tools for Protecting Kubernetes with Policy

Open Policy Agent, a CNCF-hosted sandbox project is a general-purpose policy engine that validates JSON against policies, so you can use the same tool to apply policy to, say, Kubernetes, Terraform, access to REST APIs and remote connections over SSH. It will be a foundation to secure Kubernetes deployments going forward.

Traefik: A Dynamic Reverse Proxy for Kubernetes and Microservices

Traefik, an open source edge router with automated reconfigurability, is finding a home in the world of Kubernetes-driven cloud native operations.

Party On

The New Stack’s Joab Jackson catching up with TNS alum Alex Handy.

TriggerMesh's Mark Hinkle (left) and GitLab's John Skarbek celebrate a new partnership between their two companies, at KubeCon.

Hey — who’s that in the fedora podcasting for Nirmata? It’s Courtney Kehl of Expert Marketing Advisors. Nice hat, great glasses.

Mesosphere's Chris Gaun and Tobi Knaup (right) discuss emerging use cases for the Data Center Operating System with TNS' Joab Jackson (left), at KubeCon.

Trading pins at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon: (left to right) Jaice Singer DuMars of Google, Shubheksha Jalan of Microsoft, Nikhita Raghunath of Loodse, Lachlan Evenson of Microsoft, and Swarna Podila of Cloud Foundry.

Power crew: Judy Williams of The New Stack; Sonja Schweigert of Weaveworks; Jennifer Lankford of Twistlock and Farrah Campbell of Stackery.

Dionne Parler and Tameika Reed of Women in Linux discuss Terraform and all things cloud native at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon.

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