San Diego was amazing this year and the perfect venue for KubeCon NA 2019; the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s largest event. Oddly enough sunny Diego received a few days of rain during the convention. From the snow at KubeCon 2017 in Austin to the more than average rain in Seattle last year, all of this Cloud Native talk brings the precipitation. 
The growth in the conference itself represents the more widespread adoption of Cloud Native technologies with over 12,000 attendees this year. The growth also represents the velocity of CNCF projects moving up in maturity. Though keeping up with the “Jones-enetes” can be difficult. 

Make Cloud Native Easier?

One contemporary argument with Cloud Native technologies is that they are difficult and require multiple granular pieces. The rise in granularity shows that best of breed technologies are required to support the scale of Cloud Native workloads. This does lead up to a large amount of choice
According to the CNCF, there are 99 certified [conformance SIG] distributions for Kubernetes. Here thinking that Kubernetes is the great equalizer and the new operating system for distributed workloads but we have to ask ourselves the question now, which Kubernetes?  Vendors have their take on value adds around the Kubernetes ecosystem. Even close to five years into the project, user experience is still one area that K8s suffers from. Vicki Cheung’s opening Keynote this year “Everything Worked Before Kubernetes” shows empathy towards the fast-moving projects and ecosystems. 
Taking a look at how effective the CNCF itself is, can go through the CNCF Community Surveys to see a few common trends. The human aspect is important in software allowing people to collectively learn. A common piece of feedback in the end-user survey to have more local and fewer barriers to entry at events to participate in. The CNCF is addressing this with more local events such as Kubernetes Community Days.  With so much to take in, having more events can make announcements and the ability to pick to collectively learn and pick up on trends easier. 

Trends and Graduates

One of the stalwarts of the Kubernetes ecosystem, Helm, released Helm V3 prior to KubeCon. This is a significant release and the love-it or more often than not hate-it Tiller has been deprecated. 
Throughout the conference, several talks on observability and security shows that that Cloud Native architectures are hitting mainstream. OpenTelemetry and Open Policy Agent which years gone by would have taken a back seat are front and center concerns for adopters of Cloud Native technologies. Styra, a fellow Unusual Ventures-backed company, is helping bring Open Policy Agent to the world. 
CNCF Graduation is no easy feat. There are lots of criteria to get your project up for a graduation vote. As KubeCon nears, usually there is a graduation announcement; this year there were two. Since we reported last, Jaeger and Vitess have graduated just in time for KubeCon. Currently up for graduation voting is TUF aka “the update framework”. As projects move forward and adoption picks up, your buds at Harness are here to help to get them into the fold. 

Harness out and about at KubeCon

We had a pre-day-zero event discussing the modern and future patterns of Continuous Delivery. It was excellent to hear from those in the broader community about their Continuous Delivery challenges as their systems and responsibilities continue to scale. 

The Harness Squad was out in force throughout the conference. This is my third year at KubeCon and the conversations we had all through the conference show a critical mass on “how do we get these new architectures” into the enterprise. 

Technology adoption is a problem as old as technology itself. Having a platform that can support legacy, current, and future ways of thinking is critical for the enterprise. Clearly scorching the earth of previous technology investments in one go is not feasible or a wise move for that matter. The Harness Platform can help bridge the divide supporting Cloud Native and non-Cloud Native workloads both as first-class citizens. We are excited for what the year holds for all the movement in the CNCF and Cloud Native technologies.

Onwards to Boston

We are looking forward to returning to KubeCon North America 2020 in Boston. Hopefully, the precipitation trend will not continue and be hit with a Nor’easter in Boston next year. Though in the meantime, as you are going through your own Cloud Native journey, we would love to partner with you at Harness and show how a robust Continuous Delivery pipeline can help with the adoption of new architectures.