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After a jam-packed November that featured VMworld EU, All Things Open, Open Source Summit, Linux Plumbers’ and goto to name just a few events, the open source conference season is winding down, much like 2018, and is set to go out with a bang. KubeCon + CloudNativeCon invades the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle from December 10-13 for four days of education around the advancement of cloud native computing.

As The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference, KubeCon attracts adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud native communities worldwide, including those around prominent projects such as Kubernetes, Harbor, Envoy, containerd, Jaeger, Helm and many more. VMware is proud to be a Diamond-level sponsor of this year’s KubeCon and host numerous talks, sessions and presentations. Below is a taste of some of the most notable presentations VMware and its open source brain trust are holding at KubeCon 2018.

Birds of a Feather: What Should a Container Build Manifest Look Like? (Nisha Kumar)”Tuesday, Dec. 11, 10:50 a.m.

Can you build a container from a well-defined software component manifest? What would that manifest even look like? This “Birds of a Feather” talk hosted by VMware’s Nisha Kumar will go through what’s needed in order to build a better container delivery pipeline that adheres to software delivery best practices. Nisha will also present a survey on the current tools and practices being used today.

Intro: Harbor (James Zabala & Henry Zhang)Tuesday, Dec. 11, 11:40 a.m.

As container technology becomes more widely adopted, how to manage containerized applications poses new challenges to platform engineers, such as securely and efficiently managing container images. Project Harbor, which recently graduated to Incubate, is an open source trusted cloud native registry project that stores, signs and scans content, resolving common image management challenges. This presentation will focus on the management of container images using Harbor and provide solutions to real world challenges faced by a variety of organizations.

Intro: Release SIG (Tim Pepper)Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1:45 p.m.

Ever wanted to be a member of an open source project’s release team? Then this interactive session lead by Kubernetes 1.12 release manager Tim Pepper is for you! As part of the release teams for SIG subprojects 1.13 and 1.12, Tim will describe how Kubernetes project volunteers manage the quarterly release cadence and give an overview of the release process across all Kubernetes SIGs, which works to produce high quality Kubernetes releases on a reliable schedule. Tim will also be joined by Google’s Aishwarya Sundar to highlight opportunities for both new and experienced community members to get involved.

Deep Dive: VMware SIG (Michael Gasch & Steven Wong)Thursday, Dec. 13, 3:40 p.m.

When Kubernetes runs on VMware vSphere, the hypervisor platform supports an underlying tier of high availability and automated placement options for both control plane and worker nodes. However, no automatic scheduling integration currently occurs, meaning Kubernetes isn’t aware of the underlying vSphere topology. In this session, VMware’s Michael Gasch and Steven Wong will explain the options for gaining better performance, resource optimization and availability through tuning of vSphere, along with Kubernetes configuration and labeling.

Digital Transformation of Vision Banco Paraguay with Serverless Functions (Alex Ellis)Thursday, Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m.

This talk will explore how a bank in Paraguay struggled with fire-fighting issues with their monolithic enterprise service bus code and embarked on a journey of digital transformation using serverless functions and cloud native technology. Specifically, OpenFaaS and its user-friendly abstractions and workflows provided an easy on-ramp for Vision Banco Paraguay to start making use of technology like Docker, Kubernetes and Prometheus. OpenFaaS Founder Alex Ellis will be on-hand to discuss this journey with Vision Banco’s Patricio Diaz.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Open Source Blog for more in-depth coverage around KubeCon and follow us on Twitter (@vmwopensource) for all the latest updates and announcements live from the KubeCon floor!