Guest post originally published on Chronosphere‘s blog by Amanda Mitchell, Senior Content Marketing Manager at Chronosphere

Hello sunny LA and happy KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021-eve! Team Chronosphere has set up shop on the KubeCon show floor and we are thrilled to be here – live and in-person!! – after nearly two years of 100 percent virtual gatherings. 

With an anticipated 15 thousand folks attending KubeCon online, and a few thousand physically here, most attendees won’t get a chance to experience the event vibe for themselves. Fear not: We’ll be live-blogging from the show floor. Follow along as we recap some of the daily highlights and bring some of the in-person feel to your home office. 

We’ll listen in and report back on highlights from the back-to-back keynotes and sessions, and we’ll be on the lookout for key trends. 

What’s happened so far

PromCon North America 2021 – Monday

Here are highlights from two PromCon sessions. We have some live shots to entertain you for you now, and we’ll also share the video replays when those go live.

In the first session, Chronosphere co-founder and CTO, Rob Skillington, gave a keynote on Aggregating, Alerting and Graphing on Millions of Prometheus Timeseries

At the top of the talk, Rob explains to the audience that the title of his opening slide, “Millions of timeseries? Why?”, seems far fetched, but it’s actually not. He goes on to paint a picture of how you easily get to millions of timeseries while monitoring just a few hundred pods in a cloud-native world. 

Screenshot showing PromCon North America 2021 Presentation "Millions of timeseries? Why?" presented by a Rob Skillington

He lays out an example of how quickly timeseries escalate: 

The result is that dashboards and queries can be very slow to load; he spends the rest of the session discussing the tactics that can help mitigate this.

P99 HTTP Route Latency still loading, emoji :grimacing: then came to lighten up the mood

Where do we go from here: 

Participants looking presentation on screen projector in a room
A talk regarding Aggregating, Alerting and Graphing on Millions of Prometheus Timeseries presented by Rob Skillington
Rob Skillington talking on a stage with a mask at PromCon North America 2021 event

In another PromCon session on Monday, Chronosphere Developer Advocate, Gibbs Cullen, led the session, with a special appearance from Rob Skillington: Streaming Recording Rules for Prometheus, Thanos, and Cortex Using the M3 Coordinator (slides are available here

In their talk, Rob and Gibbs cover: 

Gibbs Cullen and Rob Skillington talking on a stage at PromCon North America 2021 event
Screenshot showing presentation regarding Prom Remote Storage Demo presented by Gibbs Cullen and Rob Skillington at PromCon North America 2021 event
Screenshot showing presentation regarding recording rules by Rob Skillington at PromCon North America 2021 event

KubeCon Day One – Wednesday

Many virtual attendees beamed in from their home offices for the first day of KubeCon, BUT plenty of us watched Wednesday morning’s keynotes live and in-person. It was so nice to be safely gathering and mingling again. 

Here are few highlights from the KubeCon Wednesday keynotes:

Participants sitting in a room looking at presentation from screen projector

OpenTelemetry updates:

On inclusivity:

We need to keep pushing forward with our efforts to be more diverse, equal, and inclusive because, as keynote speaker Tim Pepper shared: Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance. Read Tim’s blog connecting KubeCon and Indigenous People’s Day, A Native Welcome to KubeCon, for a full understanding of his talk.

Tim also introduced two guests to the stage to share the phrase Huutokre, used by the Tongva (original people of Los Angeles) to  say “I see you.”

Participants in masks sitting social distanced, following presentation of two gentlemen introducing Huutokre

theCube is back in-person

Chronosphere co-founder and CEO, Martin Mao, and key investor, Jerry Chen from Greylock Partners, sat down with theCube on Wednesday to break down what separates Chronosphere from the rest of the observability market and to discuss our new $200 million Series C funding and new distributed tracing capabilities. Some highlights from the conversation:

Highlights are never enough – watch the quick 10-minute video here.

Panels at KubeCon

Cloud Native and Kubernetes Observability Panel: The State of Union

This panel was moderated by Rags Srinivas from Datastax/InfoQ and included some top thinkers in observability discussing topics such as:

The panelists had insightful answers such as:

Screenshot showing video chat of four gentlemen and one lady presenting Cloud Native Observability Panel

Panel: Women in Tech – how to gain influence

At Wednesday’s EmpowerUs panel, there was a lively discussion about some of the many challenges women face in the tech workplace where they represent but a small percentage. According to The NewStack, the percentage of women in tech jobs hovers in the mid-20s to low-30s, and women make up less than 5% of professional developers. 

Five smart casual dressed ladies sitting on stage as speakers on a discussion panel

The New Stack Features Editor, Heather Joslyn, moderated the session, throwing out some great conversation-provoking questions to the *panelists, with a goal of figuring out how women can gain influence in tech.

Some of the advice from panelists included: 

(*Panelists included: Chronosphere Engineering Manager, Elenore Bastian; Google Research Analyst, Sophia Vargas; The New Stack Digital Marketing Manager, Colleen Coll; and Arize AI Product Marketing Manager, Krystal Kirkland).

We will share the replay link when it becomes available.

KubeCon Day Two – Thursday

Highlights from the Thursday keynote

It was nice to gather again … in person, even if it was a smaller group compared with pre-Covid times. Who knew such a once-unnoticeable concept could be so satisfying. 

Participants sitting in a conference hall, looking at screen projectors

On keeping the CNCF fresh and relevant, KubeCon 2020 co-chair and keynote speaker, Constance Caramanolis, spoke some tough, but constructive, truths about CNCF today:

Another guest speaker, Kasten Co-founder and CTO, Vaibhav Kamra, continued on a similar vein, saying that the very fact that the KubeCon event is seeing such growth (as also noted during Wednesday’s keynote) means that the majority of people in the cloud-native community are new to it. 

The solution, he says, is to get involved!

Screenshot showing KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021 Presentation "Community continues to grow" presented by a Vaibhav Kamra
Screenshot showing KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021 Presentation "We're here to help" presented by a Vaibhav Kamra

SIG updates!

Sessions – Day Two

Session: Stream vs. Batch Aggregation for Metrics

Gibbs Cullen presenting "Streaming aggregation with M3"

Chronosphere Developer Advocate, Gibbs Cullen, held a talk on “Stream vs. Batch: Leveraging M3 and Thanos for Real-Time Aggregation” during which she laid out the pros and cons of each. Around 45 people attended – sizable by 2021 standards. 

The session was so good, one attendee stopped by the booth to say it was “the best talk on observability I’ve seen.” Great job, Gibbs! Definitely worth checking out. In the meantime, here are some highlights:

Gibbs sums up the “stream vs. batch” debate through the lens of two well-known Prometheus remote storage solutions, M3 and Thanos. Along with an overview of stream and batch aggregation, she shared how: 

KubeCon Day Three – Friday

Session: Kubernetes Operations with Temporal and M3

Last but not least, on the final day of KubeCon, in one of the final time slots (3:25pm PT), Chronosphere’s Matt Schallert and Temporal’s Dominik Tornow held a talk on Declarative and Imperative Kubernetes Operations with Temporal and M3. During the talk, the pair walked through everything from the Kubernetes basics to showing how to craft scalable and reliable operation automation for your Kubernetes applications and clusters. 

You can watch a replay of this session in your MeetingPlay app now, but here are some highlights in the meantime.

Dominik’s part of the talk:

Matt’s part of the session covered how Chronosphere uses Temporal, explaining:

Screenshot of Dominik Tornow presenting What are Kubernetes Controllers and Resources at PromCon North America 2021 event
Screenshot of Matt Schallert presenting M3DB at PromCon North America 2021 event

Check out our final post from KubeCon 2021, which sums up (with photos) six key takeaways from the in-person event.