The Top 10 Sessions to See at Kubecon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021

The Top 10 Sessions to See at Kubecon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021

The ionir team is thrilled to be sponsoring KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference, from October 11-15th. At this conference, adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud native communities from around the world will gather in Los Angeles (and virtually) to further the education and advancement of cloud native computing.

The event will deliver in-person and online content over five days, including keynotes, conference sessions across 10+ tracks, tutorials, sponsor booths, and networking options. If you’ll be in attendance, you’ll have access to some of the industry’s most respected experts and key maintainers behind the most popular projects in the cloud native ecosystem. 

Because we want to provide you with the best resources to come prepared for this event (and partially because we can’t hide our excitement), we created a list of the top 10 recommended sessions and activities you should check out at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon.

1. ionir Kubernetes Native Data Experience (SU35)

ionir will be hosting booth #SU35 in the solution showcase area at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon. Pre-book your demo of ionir’s Data Teleport and Clone to Time technologies. Our Kubernetes Native Data Service experts are looking forward to your questions and ideas. We will be showing how ionir can accelerate CI/CD pipelines, move data across clouds in 40 seconds or less, instantly clone volumes for databases, and more.

And of course, we’ll have all kinds of awesome SWAG! Including a daily drawing for an amazing drone. 

2. How to Put a Database in Kubernetes – Jeffrey Carpenter, DataStax

Datastax is presenting on how to run Databases on Kubernetes. Check out the session to demystify the deployment of databases and stateful workloads in Kubernetes. Watch as they demonstrate how to make it all work by deploying a relational database (MySQL) and a NoSQL database (Apache Cassandra). For the complete session description and schedule, click here.

3. Postgres Extensions in Kubernetes – Álvaro Hernández, OnGres

Explore the extension ecosystem in Kubernetes Postgres Operators in this exclusive Kubecon session. Discover how OnGres solves this problem by introducing a system for dynamically loading extensions into the containers, and caching them within the cluster to avoid excessive downloads. Check out the full details here.

4. RabbitMQ on Kubernetes Deep Dive – David Ansari, VMware

This session introduces RabbitMQ on Kubernetes and provides an in-depth look on how to reliably operate RabbitMQ clusters with RabbitMQ Cluster Operator. Check out this talk to learn best practices regarding monitoring and upgrading RabbitMQ as millions of messages flow through the broker. Stay tuned for the whole session to receive an update of newly released RabbitMQ features and an outlook of what the community can expect of RabbitMQ on Kubernetes in 2022. Take a look at the full description here!

5. GitOps+Jenkins-CI With Declarative Everything – Kingdon Barrett, Weaveworks

Come check out this interesting session and panel about GitOps. Discover how configuration as code runs under the hood of Jenkins infrastructure from end-to-end using a declarative Jenkinsfile and a pipeline for branches and PRs to build and push images. 

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Deploy Jenkins declaratively with Flux’s Helm Controller
  • Build an app repo with Jenkins for deployment with Flux
  • Test a Helm chart with Helm Test through Flux’s Flagger
  • Deploy new releases automatically with Flux’s Image Automation Controller and Helm controller

Learn more about this session here.

6. Panel Discussion: OpenGitOps and the GitOps Working Group – Cornelia Davis, Amazon; Dan Garfield, Codefresh; Christian Hernandez, Red Hat; Chris Sanders, Microsoft; Leonardo Murillo, Weaveworks

Be sure to visit this panel discussion to learn from members of several founding organizations as they discuss GitOps, OpenGitOps, and future work. Expect to hear about interoperability between tools, conformance, and certification. Take a look at the schedule for more information on this exclusive panel session here.

7. Disaster Recovery of Stateful Applications in a Multi-Cluster Environment – Orit Wasserman & Shyamsundar Ranganathan, Red Hat

On the design front, this session raises important questions about disaster recovery of the state stored in persistent volumes. How can the state be replicated and workloads recreated to use their replicated volumes? Attendees of this session will learn how to approach building disaster recovery solutions for their own clouds — you don’t want to miss it! Click here for the full details.

8. Cloud Native Storage: Storage TAG into, Projects, Landscape & Technology – Alex Chircop, StorageOS & Raffaele Spazzoli, Red Hat

Storage TAG is sponsoring a couple of community-driven sessions. TAG will provide an update on the CNCF Storage Landscape whitepaper, the Performance and Benchmarking whitepaper, and the Cloud Native Disaster Recovery whitepaper. During this session, you will be engulfed in a deep dive on some projects that CNCF Storage TAG is currently working on and discover what might be coming in the future. Visit the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon website for more information.

9. Kubernetes SIG Storage Introduction and Update – Xing Yang, VMware & Michelle Au, Google

In this session, receive an introduction to Kubernetes SIG Storage which is responsible for ensuring that different types of file and block storage are available wherever a container is scheduled. Then, go a deep dive into some projects that SIG Storage is currently working on, provide an update on the current status, and discuss future projects. Check out the full session description here.

10. KubeFest

This year’s hottest after-party at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021 will be hosted by The SUSE Rancher Community and Trilio. Luckily, it’s just a short walk from the conference, located at The Terrace Rooftop at L.A. Live. KubeFest will be held on Wednesday, October 13th from 8pm – 10pm local time. 

This party will be a great place to network with other Kubernetes enthusiasts while enjoying cocktails and live music. Sign up here to join the party. We hope to see you there! 

Final Thoughts

Kubecon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021 is set up to be one of the best Kubernetes conferences yet and we’re so happy to be a part of it. Don’t forget to stop by the ionir booth (SU35) to watch a live demo of the ionir Data Services Platform for Kubernetes in action.  

We have a limited number of free and discounted passes. Pre-book your demo with us ahead of the event and get access to your pass, here.  We look forward to a safe and productive week in LA! 


KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021 will bring together more than 20,000 technologists from thriving open source communities to further education around cloud native computing. Maintainers and end-users of CNCF’s hosted projects – including graduated projects: containerd, CoreDNS, Envoy, etcd, Fluentd, Harbor, Helm, Jaeger, Kubernetes, Open Policy Agent, Prometheus, Rook, TiKV, TUF, Vitess and incubating projects: Argo, Buildpacks, CloudEvents, CNI, Contour, Cortex, CRI-O, Dragonfly, Falco, Flagger, Flux,  gRPC, KubeEdge, Linkerd, NATS, Notary, OpenTracing, Operator Framework, SPIFFE, SPIRE and Thanos – along with other cloud native technologies will gather in-person in Los Angeles, California, and virtually October 11-15 – sharing insights around and encouraging participation in this fast-growing ecosystem.

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