KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022 is the flagship conference of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, gathering together leading open source and cloud native communities to further the education and advancement of cloud native computing. This year, the conference was held in Valencia, Spain from May 16-20, 2022. Here’s our update from the final day of the show: The buzz, the keynote takeaways, and our Cloud Unfiltered interviews.

Quote of the Day

Instead of trying to build a platform that is the next Heroku, why don’t we build a platform that lets people build their own Herokus?
Bassam Tabbara on Cloud Unfiltered

The Buzz

Again on this third day of KubeCon, the theme that we heard across the conference was that we need to simplify the Kubernetes ecosystem. As Kubernetes becomes mainstream, new adopters need simple options to get them started with cloud native platforms in a safe and secure fashion.

We were also hearing repeatedly that we need more observability and ways to trace. These needs are starting to be met through eBPF and OpenTelemetry (OTel).

The Keynotes

Here’s a brief synopsis of each keynote from the final day.

Josh Berkus (Community Architect at Red Hat) and Catherine Paganini (Head of Marketing & Community at Buoyant) came to the stage and related the key things that every open source project needs to succeed: awareness and user recruitment, contributor growth, and leadership and governance. Following up on this subject, Le Tran (Technical Staff at Kasten by Veeam) talked about the challenges involved in building an open source community.

Next, Connor Gorman (Senior Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat) spoke about scaling Kubernetes security. While more and more developers are using Kubernetes, the number of developers is greatly outpacing the number of security engineers. Because of this, it’s necessary to help developers to be more proactive about security. Key areas to tackle are IDEs, CI/CD, code repositories, and image registries.

Wrapping up the keynotes, Henrik Høegh (Platform Engineer at Lunar) shared Lunar’s experience of making its tech stack more robust and learning to handle failovers. It was a detailed case study with lots of helpful tidbits for anyone looking to add failover capabilities to their organization. Also, Bryan Che (Chief Strategy Officer at Huawei and CNCF governing board member) presented on cloud native initiatives currently in progress at Huawei.

Cloud Unfiltered Interviews

Cloud Unfiltered@KubeCon just wrapped up as well, and we held several great interviews on our final day, covering new open source projects, such as Crossplane, External Secrets Operator, and Cilium. Plus, we also tackle governance for new open source projects.

The latest interviews:

Grant Gumina and Bassam Tabbara (Upbound)
Cloud Unfiltered Episode 133

Grant Gumina and Bassam Tabbara (Upbound)

We talked with Grant Gumina (Director of Product Management at Upbound) and Bassam Tabbara (CEO at Upbound) about Crossplane and using the Kubernetes interface as a control plane for everything.

Crossplane is a framework that makes it easy to start managing your applications, orchestration, and cloud platforms. Additionally, Crossplane is extensible and will grow with you.
Listen to the full episode.

Carla Gaggini and Gustavo Carvalho (Container Solutions)
Cloud Unfiltered Episode 134

Carla Gaggini and Gustavo Carvalho (Container Solutions)

We chatted with Carla Gaggini (Head of Events, Content, and Marketing at Container Solutions) and Gustavo Carvalho (Cloud Native Engineer at Container Solutions) about moving to cloud native, the evolution of the Kubernetes ecosystem, and the new open source project, External Secrets Operator (ESO).

Moving to cloud native doesn’t require only a technological shift, but it requires cultural changes as well. One of these challenges is how to handle secrets and keep them up-to-date, and that’s what ESO addresses.
Listen to the full episode here.

Dan Wendlandt (Isovalent)
Cloud Unfiltered Episode 135

Dan Wendlandt (Isovalent)

We talked with Dan Wendlandt (CEO at Isovalent) about the innovation around eBPF and Cilium. Cilium is open source software—based on eBPF—for providing, securing, and observing network connectivity between container workloads.

Dan shares the origin story of Cilium and the importance of fostering community for a successful open source project.
Listen to the full episode here.

Josh Berkus (Red Hat)
Cloud Unfiltered Episode 136

Josh Berkus (Red Hat)

Josh Berkus (Kubernetes Community Manager at Red Hat) came on the podcast to talk about the importance of governance in projects. Governance for open source projects doesn’t need to be a mystery, and it can benefit even small projects.

The CNCF has governance templates for new projects available on the
Project Template GitHub. Listen to the full episode here.

Next Steps for Cloud Native Pros

Cisco has announced free tier sign-ups for its new, innovative suite of tools for cloud native professionals:

  • Calisti: A service mesh manager that helps you obtain an end-to-end view of your entire service network.
  • Telescope: A cloud native application troubleshooting tool for streamlining fault detection and system health.
  • Panoptica: A secure application cloud to add robust security visibility and assessment across your applications.

Each tool is open source-based and enterprise-grade, designed to help you with your cloud native applications deployed to multi-cloud or hybrid-cloud platforms.

Wrap Up

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022 has been a conference to remember, and we’re excited about where the cloud native community is headed. As the community continues to grow and evolve, we’ll be here keeping you updated on all that is happening.

That’s it for our conference coverage. Looking to catch up on what happened? Check out our Day 1 and Day 2 updates.

Want more interviews from KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022 and all things cloud? Check out the Cloud Unfiltered podcast, available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and SoundCloud.


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