• May 4, 2018

Highlights from KubeCon Europe Day 2

Bob Quillin
Vice President Developer Relations

Photos courtesy of Voltaire Yap

Day 2 of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2018 settled into a full day of content, sessions, demos and conversations, and ended with a nighttime event at Tivoli Gardens, all after a jam-packed Day 1 highlighted by themes of cloud platforms, GitOps, serverless standards, and Kubernetes best practices and lessons learned.

At the Oracle Cloud Native booth, our Day 2 conversations with developers focused on similar themes and challenges with serverless platforms, Kubernetes operators, and architectural decisions (lift & shift or just shift?). Here are a few of the Day 2 highlights:

  • MySQL Operator for Kubernetes

Not surprisingly, at KubeCon this week there’s a lot of interest around Oracle’s recently open sourced Kubernetes operator for MySQL that simplifies running, managing, and controlling MySQL on Kubernetes. You can install the MySQL Operator on any existing Kubernetes cluster and use it to create and manage production-ready MySQL clusters with a simple declarative configuration. Why the interest around MySQL operators at a Cloud Native conference? MySQL is the world’s most popular open source database, and the Oracle MySQL Operator seamlessly integrates MySQL management and operations into Kubernetes environments, providing an “open with open” alternative for AWS RDS users and the general MySQL community. Make sure to try it out!

  • Serverless: Something New or Kubernetes++ ?

At KubeCon you’ll hear a variety of perspectives on where we as an industry are going in regards to serverless platforms. There’s the view that serverless is merely an extension of Kubernetes as we work up the stack, and others view it as a brand-new software paradigm that is in itself the future. CNCF standardization efforts will surely provide much needed guidance and help set a path for the industry that bridges these two potentially divergent but fundamentally interdependent technologies.

Day 3 serverless track sessions will also undoubtedly shed more light on this discussion. Make sure to check out Chad Arimura and Matt Stephenson and their talk today on “Operating a Global-Scale FaaS on Top of Kubernetes.” They are going to cover everything you ever wanted to know about building a planet-scale FaaS using the serverless Fn Project on top of Kubernetes – designing and building a service to operate under the most demanding production workloads.

  • Tivoli Gardens: So Many Metaphors, So Little Time

Day 2 wrapped up at Tivoli Gardens – the second oldest amusement park in the world, which opened in 1843 and is celebrating its 175th anniversary. It was a beautiful night and a chance to connect with new and old friends and share a few thrills at the same time.

Stay tuned here on the Oracle Cloud Native channel for a KubeCon wrap up and for more container, serverless, edge, ML, and Kubernetes content in the future!

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