Monthly Newsletter – April 2017

Recap from CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe

The sold out event gathered more than 1,500 end users, leading contributors and developers from around the world for three days in Berlin to exchange Cloud Native knowledge, best practices, and experiences.

What started as our seven project logos lit up high above, grew to nine project logos as Executive Director Dan Kohn unveiled our two newest projects — containerd and rkt — and added their logos to the ring of project logos adorning the conference hall.

Kubernetes 1.6 released with a focus on scale and automation, helping users deploy multiple workloads to multiple users on a cluster. Seeing 150% increase in total cluster size capability, 5,000 node (150,000 pod) clusters are now supported with 1.6!

With 115 sessions, keynotes, lightning talks, panels, breakouts, and BoFs, CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe brought many Cloud Native communities and projects together. Don’t miss any of the action by catching up on the recorded keynotes and panels via the link below.

Welcoming Dell Technologies as Platinum Member!

CNCF is excited to have the largest privately-owned technology company in the world join at the highest level. This will enable opportunities for broader collaboration to enhance interoperability and storage capabilities for applications managed by Kubernetes and others. The company joins existing Platinum members Cisco, CoreOS, Docker, Fujitsu, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Mesosphere, Red Hat, Samsung SDS and Supernap in the industry effort to advance cloud native technologies.

Service Mesh: A Critical Component of the Cloud Native Stack

High traffic companies like Paypal, Lyft, Ticketmaster, and Credit Karma have all added a service mesh to their production applications. What is a service mesh and why do they all feel they need one?

A service mesh is a dedicated infrastructure layer for making service-to-service communication safe, fast, and reliable. In this blog, William Morgan of Linkerd, an open source CNCF hosted project, distinguishes service mesh from the related, but distinct, concept of API gateways, edge proxies, and the enterprise service bus. William also describes where the service mesh is heading, and what to expect as this concept evolves alongside cloud native adoption.

Release Update: Prometheus 1.6.1 and Sneak Peak at 2.0

Prometheus 1.6.1 is now out and the biggest change is how memory is managed. The -storage.local.memory-chunks and -storage.local.max-chunks-to-persist flags have been replaced by -storage.local.target-heap-size. Prometheus will attempt to keep the heap at the given size in bytes.

A feature of major note is that experimental remote read support has been added, allowing the read back of data from long term storage and other systems. For more general features, improvements, and a look at the roadmap for 2.0 and beyond — please see the blog post.

If interested in hearing more, learning how Prometheus integrates with Kubernetes and other open source technologies, PromCon 2017 will happen August 17-18 at Google Munich. Speaking submissions close May 31st.

Calling Cloud Native End Users

Does your company use cloud native technologies internally (like Ticketmaster and Box) but not offer cloud native services to your customers (like IBM and Google do)? Then we want you to join the CNCF End User Board! You’ll get to meet monthly with other end users to share (positive and negative) experiences, hear from current and prospective CNCF projects, and appoint one member to the crucial Technical Oversight Committee. The investment is just $4,500 per year and includes 5 tickets to CloudNativeCon/KubeCon, or only $1,700 and 2 tickets for startups.