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Mark your calendar – KubeCon Europe 2020 is just around the corner! And while this year’s conference will be held online, it’s shaping up to be an innovative event. As the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference, KubeCon gathers technologists, developers and contributors from leading open source and cloud native communities all over the world. This year’s virtual event is focused on keeping cloud native connected, as we all adapt to and make the most of a new ecosystem of online collaboration. 

VMware joins KubeCon 2020 as a Diamond Sponsor and several of our experts will be sharing best practices and insights, as well as presentations of their work in the Kubernetes space. Here’s a breakdown of some of our hosted sessions you won’t want to miss: 

KubeAcademy: Kubernetes Application and Container Workflows – Monday, August 17th, 13:00-16:00 CEST

This session will help attendees understand the first principles of a cloud native infrastructure, and then dig into VMware’s lab environment to containerize and deploy their first application on Kubernetes. This training is designed for attendees who are early in their cloud native journey and ready to gain more knowledge of basic concepts and greater comfort in working with containers. Come prepared with a laptop with the latest version of Chrome or Firefox, Linux concepts and command line proficiency, and general networking proficiency. 

Be a Good Corporate Citizen to Kubernetes – Tuesday, August 18th, 13:00-13:55 CEST

As an employee, it can be difficult to strike the right balance between the needs of the company and the needs of the open source Kubernetes project. This can put significant pressure on employees who participate in Kubernetes on behalf of their company when the needs of the individual, the company and the community are not aligned. In this session, our Director of Open Source Community Strategy Dawn Foster will: 

  • Explain how collaboration happens within the Kubernetes project 
  • Detail how to build a strategy for participation that will benefit your company, your employees and the Kubernetes community 
  • Provide tips for being a good corporate citizen as you contribute to Kubernetes

Building the Cloud Native Telco with Network Service Mesh – Tuesday, August 18th, 13:00-13:35 CEST

Network service providers, like ISPs and Telco operators, are at the point of looking for a way to adopt the new cloud-native paradigm for their sophisticated network demands. Network Service Mesh (NSM) is a CNCF project that offers a potential solution. In this talk, our Open Source Engineers Ivana Atanasova and Radoslav Dimitrov will introduce the approach Network Service Mesh is using to solve complicated L2/L3 challenges in Kubernetes and provide an example of building real cloud native network topology. They will also show a demo of that topology implementation with NSM.

Kubernetes? But I’m a Product Manager… – Tuesday, August 18th, 13:45-14:20 CEST

Many Product Managers shy away from conversations about Kubernetes, believing that it’s something for their engineering counterparts to think about. However, Kubernetes can actually help deliver better products, faster. Much of the innovative work happening in the ecosystem can be used to ship software faster and deliver great user experiences. VMware’s Senior Product Manager Miguel Luna and Independent’s Product Manager Matt McNeeney will cover how product managers building different types of software can utilize features in Kubernetes to build extensible, scalable and cloud-agnostic products that drive better customer outcomes.

Intro to the Kubernetes Code of Conduct Committee – Tuesday, August 18th, 18:30-19:05 CEST

In this session, Product Line Manager Tasha Drew will explain what the Kubernetes Code of Conduct Committee does, how it is formed and innovative new initiatives the group is working on. Additionally, she will share some insights on why a code of conduct committee is so important to maintaining a healthy, inclusive open source project.

Kubernetes Leader Election for Fun and Profit – Wednesday, August 19th, 13:00-13:35 CEST

In this presentation, Staff Engineer Nick Young will explain how programmers can use the same code that core Kubernetes components use to elect a leader in their services. Attendees will gain an understanding of possible interactions with standard mechanisms like Pod readiness and metrics serving. They will also learn how both controller/operator services (services that listen to the API and take actions directly) and translator services (services that listen to the API and present a translated API) can use it. 

Deep Dive: Harbor – Enterprise Cloud Native Artifact Registry – Wednesday, August 19th, 13:45-14:20 CEST 

Staff Engineer Steven Zou and Software Engineer Daniel Jiang will discuss the evolution of making Harbor support the management of  cloud native artifacts like Image, Helm Chart, CNAB and OPA. The management of these cloud native artifacts helps promote simple, unified user experiences and positions Harbor to be the best OCI compatible cloud native artifact registry. Additionally, they will share the future roadmap of the Harbor project and community, including non-blocking online GC, Proxy cache, P2P distribution and EDGE computing support. 

Sponsored Keynote: Keep It Simple – A Human Approach to Coping with Complexity – Wednesday, August 19th, 16:14-16:20 CEST

Humans are simple creatures with a finite focus. Wrestling with complexity can overwhelm and demotivate even the smartest engineers, but there are ways we can make life a little easier. In this talk, Associate Director of Platform Services for VMware Pivotal Labs Hannah Foxwell will propose a human approach to coping with complexity—something we all need to consider when building successful engineering teams—and will share how to begin applying user-centric design to reduce the cognitive load on developers.

Cloud Event Horizon – Wednesday, August 19th, 17:40-18:15 CEST

In this session, OSS ML Engineer Ian Coffey will show attendees how to use a hands-on machine learning example to explore how Cloudevents and evented systems can work together. First, he will perform an experiment by combining CloudEvents with BentoML and Tektoncd to explore the cross-section of events, machine learning models and CI/CD pipelines. Then, he will use the Kubeflow KFServing project to deploy our models inference service into a canary setup.

The sessions listed above are just a glimpse at what VMware innovators will be offering at KubeCon 2020. Check out the full list of VMware-led sessions here. We look forward to connecting and collaborating with you at KubeCon 2020! 

Stay tuned to the Open Source Blog and follow us on Twitter (@vmwopensource) for updates leading up to and throughout the summit.