A trip to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon reveals a community hard at work building an open, agile and scalable cloud platform to fuel the boom in ubiquitous services
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s first KubeCon + CloudNativeCon of the year took place in the Bella Center, Copenhagen. A giant greenhouse of a building with snaking industrial pipework and connecting concrete bridges; it’s a vast container made of glass letting in light. A suitable setting for an industry that’s evolved rapidly from the release of Docker’s superstar container technology back in 2013.
Attendance has rocketed to 4,300, according to Dan Kohn, executive director of the CNCF, which almost triples attendance from a year ago in Berlin, but that’s not surprising as cloud native computing industry is meeting the business world’s demand for more scalable, agile applications and services that can be run across multiple geographical locations in distributed environments.
What’s impressive about the native cloud industry is that from a standing start roughly four years ago, it’s close to building an open cloud platform that it wants to share with the whole business world. It’s not quite there yet and needs a few more layers, but thanks to the foresight of the Linux Foundation to establish the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the industry’s tottering steps were shepherded well.
The industry’s health wasn’t always such a given, Google’s David Aronchick recalls standing on a little stage presenting Kubernetes at the first CNCF event to just 50 to 100 developers.
Aronchick was the product manager on Kubernetes, which is an open source container orchestration system which has become a key component in native computing’s growth.
At the Copenhagen event, Aronchick is presenting again but in a vast hall of thousands of engineers and developers and this time he’s updating everyone on Kubeflow, the hot toolkit for deploying open-source systems for Machine Learning at scale. Kubeflow is an example of open technology that is being built on top of Kubernetes and that was a key message at the event.
As chair of the CNCF’s Technical Oversight Committee, Alexis Richardson’s keynote was focused on the future. He thinks it will be packed full of developers. In his presentation he estimates that there will be 100 million developers by 2027 up from today’s 24 million.