In 2017, we saw the rise and eventual takeover of the container orchestration tool, Kubernetes. Although a lot of great alternatives exist such as Docker Swarm, Mesos and Amazon ECS, Kubernetes became the leader for running containers at scale. Its benefits are that it’s Cloud native (it was designed to run applications at scale on Cloud platforms) and the ability to provide a virtual abstraction layer on top of Cloud providers enabling users to deploy their applications consistently between Cloud providers.
Last November, a good friend of ours, Paul Dix from InfluxData, invited me along to their InfluxDays summit in San Francisco. (Sidenote: Our very own David Cromberge will be presenting at InfluxDays summit in New York next month on why NOT to build your own time-series database and our evolving architecture behind the scenes)
We kicked off our first DevOps Exchange meetup of 2018 this month, with some excelent talks from Docker, Paddy Power Betfair and Motion Picture Solutions. We also announced the new Slack Channel we've launched to help connect the community in between our meetups. You can sign up here:
Also don't forget to help us complete our State of DevOps Monitoring Survey 2018 - we really need your help to make it successful and will be presenting the results back to the whole community later on!
Our November DOXLON only had a couple of talks this month, both focusing on the culture and success of DevOps in two London organisations, Reevoo and HSBC. However our vertain speakers (who've spoken at DOXLON in the past) really managed to fill up the extra time with some great stories and insights on how they implemented DevOps in their organisations.
Our October DOXLON featured a solid DevOps Exchange line up, covering some very current topics in the DevOps world. We started with Rob Elkin, CTO @ Busuu talking about Serverless, then Matthew Macdonald-Wallace, a seasoned DevOps consultant ranting about how DevOps has been hijacked by marketing and sales teams, and last but not least, Connon MacRae, VP TechOps at Ticketmaster, talking about their journey to DevOps.
Although this started out as a general DevOps meetup for September, after our call for speakers it turned out that everyone wanted to talk about Kubernetes! Kubernetes deployments, Kubernetes Networking and Kubernetes storage. This was my first DOXSFO after being away all summer in London and reconnecting with our original meetup we started there, DOXLON, and it was great to see how far our San Francisco meetup has come along since I last attended!
Docker was like teenage sex, everyone talked about it but hardly anyone was actually doing it, at least in production anyway. However in the last 12 months, it appears there’s been a tectonic shift towards Docker, and more and more of our customers have started putting significant production workloads onto Docker.
If you were unable to make the KubeCon Berlin, this is another opportunity to hear from Joseph Jacks, one of the founders of Kismatic (the enterprise Kubernetes company, now Apprenda), and a founder of KubeCon. Joseph discussed native, distributed storage for Kubernetes.
We also heard from Bobby DeVeaux, one of our favourite people in DevOps, who presented his most recent project, a production-ready scalable Docker Swarm using Terraform and Packer. Mangirdas Judeikis from Red Hat provided a deep dive to OpenShift and how it works with containers. Cameron Adams took us through how ITV have been using Docker & Selenium to reduce their build pipeline from 4 hours to 40 minutes.
February DOXLON tackled scaling a massive IOT infrastructure, internal certificate management, and learnings from a DevOps-flavored journey to a culture of innovation. As usual, we learned from some of the best engineering teams out there: EVRYTHING, Smarkets and Ticketmaster.