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Diversity Scholarship Series: One Software Engineer’s Unexpected CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Experience

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By: Kris Nova, Platform Engineer at Datapipe

Diversity noun : the condition of having or being composed of differing elements.

As defined by Merriam-Webster, diversity indicates the presence of differing elements. Without going too data science on everyone, I suppose there is a lot of things about me that plots me outside of the predicted regression; especially for backend systems engineers who work on Kubernetes. However, there are also a lot of things that I have in common with the larger group as well. Thanks to CNCF for providing me with a fabulous scholarship to CloudNativeCon + KubeCon in Seattle, I was able to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience engaging with this larger group and experiencing our similarities and differences.

Being that I am often the only woman when I find myself in a room of software engineers, I have grown quite used to it. Unfortunately, not everyone I find myself working with is equally as used to it. To be honest, I was a bit nervous about what the trip might have in store.

The scholarship I received gave me an exciting opportunity to not only attend the conference, but to also attend one of the Kubernetes sig-cluster-lifecycle meetings in-person at the Google office in Seattle. I was happy as a clam debating over kops vs. kubeadm scope, and drinking espresso with Joe Beda and the Googlers face-to-face. My gender never once crossed my mind, which was such an unique experience the Kubernetes community gave me that morning. I wasn’t a woman in a room full of men, I was a valuable member of the community who is held just as responsible as anyone else for a careless commit to the codebase. So a big thank you to everyone in sig-cluster-lifecycle and Google Seattle who made me feel right at home and as welcomed as any other software engineer.

Open source software has always been an ideology I keep very close to my heart. In fact, open source software is what helped inspire me to come out as a lesbian in my life. To me, open source software has always represented a wonderful world of science, honesty, and learning. A world where mistakes and failure is encouraged, and growing with your peers is a foundational aspect to success. Walking around the conference the first morning before the keynotes, I experienced the same excitement and wanderlust that has always attracted me to the open source community. The hotel lobby was buzzing with activity, and everywhere I looked I could see and hear fascinating conversation around containers and evolving the Kubernetes tooling as a community.

Having gone through the ringer in a few other open source communities, it was so refreshing getting to meet the people who bring Kubernetes to life. How nice it was to not be scrutinized for my lack of neck-beard. To this day, thinking about the fact that I was able to bring home a suitcase stuffed with t-shirt’s fit for my gender is beyond exciting. Thanks Kubernetes, you guys rock!

The conference was a hit, I don’t even know where to begin. The sig-aws meeting that we were able to attend, thanks to CoreOS, was surreal. Sitting with Chris Love and Justin Santa Barbara on the floor of the hotel lobby having a very effective, yet impromptu kops planning meeting still makes me smile. I still have the original plans for running Kubernetes on AWS in a private VPC scribbled on a cocktail napkin. Getting to meet some of my new favorite people at Red Hat, Atlassian, and Google was even better. The conference changed the way I look at (my new favorite) open source community. This feeling stays with me every day when I open up emacs and start writing code for Kubernetes.

Upon coming home I hung my conference badge up in the hallway proudly. It is still there to this day. A symbol of the amazing time I had in Seattle, and a symbol of pride. The badge holds the name “Kris,” which may not mean a lot to anyone else, but to me represents success. Success in my career with Kubernetes, success of my love of learning software, and success of my gender transition from male to female. The badge is hopefully the first of many with my new name on it, and the first of many Cloud Native conferences to come.

So I guess maybe I am diverse after all. I love Kubernetes for so many reasons. After the conference, I think one of the main reasons I love the community is that I am just another committer to the code base. To be honest, I am so grateful that I can fit right in. I just want to write code and be treated like everyone else. Thanks to the Kubernetes community for the gift of being pleasantly accepted as a software engineer despite being a bit of a black sheep. It’s all I could ever ask for.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation is offering diversity scholarships at both its European and North America shows in 2017. To apply, please visit  here for Europe and here for North America.

theCUBE: “The digital revolution’s hidden secret: Open-source cloud software | #KubeCon”

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Open-source software has been key to the transformation of business because it is low-cost, often free, and easy for a young company to modify and deploy. Because of these strong points, open-source software has produced powerful technologies for modern enterprise computing. To guide this explosive community, foundations have appeared, forming an alliance of businesses, startups and developers.

To gain some insight into one such foundation, John Furrier (@furrier), co-host of theCUBE*, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, visited the KubeCon 2016 conference in Seattle, WA. There, he sat down with Dan Kohn, executive director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. READ MORE.

The New Stack: “KubeCon Pancake Breakfast: Keep the Dream Alive”

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For our KubeCon TNS Analysts Pancakes and Podcasts, held Wednesday, we invited Cisco Chief Technology Officer of the Cloud Platforms and Services Group Ken Owens, consulting analyst and TNS contributor Janakiram MSV, Google Cloud Platform Developer Advocate Kelsey Hightower, and Bitnami COO and co-founder Erica Brescia, for a discussion on how Kubernetes can progress as a community. TNS founder Alex Williams moderated the panel and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson drummed up questions from the audience. READ MORE.

VMblog: “Cloud Native Computing Foundation Launches Certification, Training and Managed Service Provider Program for Kubernetes”

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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture, launched a program today to train, certify and promote Kubernetes Managed Service Providers (KMSP), which will provide enterprises with Service Level Agreement (SLA)-backed support options, consulting and professional services by highly trained and certified service partners. READ MORE.

OStatic: “Canonical and Others Join Cloud Native Computing Foundation”

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When The Linux Foundation announced the Cloud Native Computing Foundation last year, its members already represented some of the most powerful technology and open source leaders around. Right out of the gate, members included AT&T, Box, Cisco, Cloud Foundry Foundation, CoreOS, Cycle Computing, Docker, eBay, Goldman Sachs, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Kismatic, Mesosphere, Red Hat, Switch SUPERNAP, Twitter, Univa, VMware and Weaveworks. READ MORE.

SD Times: “TypeScript 2.1 RC, Kotlin 1.0.5, and Cloud Native Computing Foundation Kubernetes certification”

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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation wants to help enterprises deploy Kubernetes, the open-source system for automating container deployment, scaling and management. The organization announced a new program to train, certify and promote Kubernetes Managed Service Projects. The new program is designed to provide enterprises with the support they need to roll out new apps safely and securely. READ MORE.

Fluentd Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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Today, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) voted to accept Fluentd as the fourth hosted project after Kubernetes, Prometheus and OpenTracing. You can find more information on the project in this proposal presented to the TOC recently.  

As CNCF builds out multiple paths for adopting cloud native computing, the TOC is looking to unite high-quality and relevant projects into the Foundation. Fluentd was started by Treasure Data in 2011 and is an open source data collector that allows you to implement at an unified logging layer. Logging is a crucial part of cloud native architectures and aligns well with CNCF’s goal to significantly increase the overall flexibility and reliability of modern distributed systems environments capable of scaling to tens of thousands of self healing multi-tenant nodes.

Fluentd was created to solve log/data collection and distribution needs at scale, offering a comprehensive and reliable service to be implemented in conjunction with microservices and generic cloud monitoring tools. With 650+ plugins connect it to many data sources and data outputs, it is no wonder Fluentd was the 2016 Bossie Awards winner for the best open source datacenter and cloud software.

Industry Problem:


Fluentd as the Solution:


Notable Milestones:

  • 127 Releases, 3059 commits, 800 Pull Requests (10 open)
    • 100 contributors, 50% of top contributors are commercially sponsored
  • 4651 stars, 550 forks
  • More than 650 plugins available

Additionally, Fluentd has a large adopter community consisting of Atlassian, LINE, Microsoft, Nintendo, Google Cloud Platform, Docker, Kubernetes, and GREE within others. Users include:



Stay tuned for a blog post from Eduardo Silva, Software Engineer at Treasure Data and core Fluentd Contributor, who will dive deep into the project’s roots and technical makeup and why Fluentd joined CNCF.

SiliconANGLE: “Cloud Native Computing Foundation unveils Fluentd data collector”

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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which is tasked with nurturing the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration platform project among others, has been busy.

On Tuesday, the group announced a host of new members, a new certification course and a new project at the inaugural Cloud Native Con, which is co-located with the KubeCon event in Seattle. READ MORE.