This week I’m virtually attending KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe (16-20 May), and although I am devastated not to be in Valencia, Spain, I am enjoying the keynotes and announcements (in the comfort of my house slippers) all the same.
Although the event has just begun, I wanted to share a few of my impressions based on what I’ve heard so far.
- Security is particularly important at this years KubeCon + CloudNativeCon. As this white paper, The Open Source Software Security Mobilization Plan, outlines there is a great need for security to take center stage in the community. My colleague Rachel Stephens has spoken eloquently about this subject, but this concern is also echoed by conference attendee Bridget Kromhout, who tweeted about security’s relationship to overhead:
Security doesn’t need to have too much overhead. “Minimize what can fail between your source and destination, and maximize performance.”
@SteveLasker @justincormack #KubeCon pic.twitter.com/uYJMrM51p6
— Bridget Kromhout (@bridgetkromhout) May 18, 2022
- It is no secret that education is a significant part of the CNCF and Linux Foundation’s mission. As part of their ongoing effort to expand and support the community the CNCF is adding the Prometheus Certified Associate (PCA) exam. This certification is intended to follow the success of the KCNA, CKA, and CKAD in upskilling practitioners in the cloud computing space. This is a particularly welcome addition as finding the balance between upskilling existing devs and hiring new professionals is much on the minds of this year’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon attendees. As the subject of observability becomes more and more important to cloud it makes sense for the CNCF to add a certification in the space. Below is a slide from the deck announcing this new certification presented this morning by Priyanka Sharma, Executive Director at the CNCF:
- The importance of WebAssembly to the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon crowd is not surprising considering Michael Yuan’s statement in his 2021 blog post “Cloud Native WebAssembly” that the CNCF is “a proponent of WebAssembly in cloud-native infrastructure.” However, WebAssembly’s prominence in the conversations I’ve been hearing is noteworthy for those looking to identify trends in the community.
This is what I’ve noticed so far. Looking forward to hearing what the rest of the conference brings.