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Here Are the 4 Hottest Topics To Look For at KubeCon This Year

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2021 is back! The Cloud Native Computer Foundation’s flagship conference is right around the corner on October 13-15 in Los Angeles, CA. 

Here at Fairwinds, we are getting excited to discuss all things Kubernetes with other adopters and technologists from the open source and cloud native communities. The hybrid in-person/virtual event promises to provide an educational four days of keynote sessions, tracks, and presentations covering the value of Kubernetes and other cloud native technologies. 

As we know, these technologies facilitate faster software development at a lower operational cost than traditional infrastructure. But the Cloud Native world is full of new and uncharted territory, and businesses are still learning how to adapt their policies and practices for the new era of computing. KubeCon + CloudNativeCon will help provide attendees with a map through this emerging terrain, bringing a community of practitioners and experts together to share their experience expertise on this increasingly prominent digital territory.

So, what are the four important topics you can expect to hear about in the Kubernetes world?

1. Multi-cluster Management

Larger organizations tend to adopt Kubernetes in a piecemeal way, with individual teams deciding how and when to make the switch. Organizations are beginning to realize they have a large fleet of Kubernetes clusters running in their cloud, with very little consistency, policy, and tooling in place to govern them. The result is a chaotic environment of cluster and workload sprawl, creating redundant efforts and wasted resources, a myriad of governance challenges, and a software environment that is difficult (if not impossible) to properly secure. 

At Kubecon this year, we expect to see solutions that help give larger organizations unified management and visibility for their fleet of Kubernetes clusters.

Did you know cluster sprawl negatively impacts the governance, development and operations? You can easily find out more about creating a governance framework that works for your organization. 

2. Application Development Platforms Surface

While Kubernetes can provide a solid platform foundation, it can also be overwhelming to master, especially for development teams. While your SRE and operations teams do need deep understanding of Kubernetes, other teams, like web and application developers, likely don’t need to learn everything to be productive.

With the right abstractions (removing details to reveal necessary functionality), developers can interact with a Kubernetes platform more easily, leading to less effort and faster innovation. While we’ve seen a few Kubernetes development and deployment platforms surface already, none has found the sweet spot in the tradeoff between complexity and flexibility - we expect to see some evolution in this space at Kubecon this year.

3. Security Infrastructure

Kubernetes is now a high-value target for cybercriminals looking to access sensitive user data and intellectual property. Fortunately, as the attackers have gotten more sophisticated, so have the tools for defending your environment.

At Kubecon, we expect to see a proliferation of platforms for identifying and mitigating the potential risks in your cluster, as well as plenty of advice for how you can better secure sensitive workloads. The best solutions will provide actionable recommendations on how to secure your Kubernetes clusters through smarter access control on the network and application layer, as well as enforcing policy and workload isolation. Continuous Kubernetes security monitoring of your clusters reduces risks and ensures best practices are followed. 

4. Policy & Compliance

As the number of Kubernetes clusters grows within an organization, so does the need for formal policies. These policies can keep environments secure, consistent, and compliant with both internal and third-party requirements. There are an increasing number of platforms which can help you both define and automatically enforce Kubernetes policies—keep an eye out for more innovation and growth in this area.

Come see us at KubeCon!

Whether you are joining in person or virtually, don't miss out on how Fairwinds can help you achieve Kubernetes governance, security and cost optimization. 

Attending in person? Here’s what you need to know:

Los Angeles Convention Center: Expo Hall open from Wednesday-Friday October 13-15, 2021

  • Talk to our Kubernetes experts to see why we are the trusted partner for Kubernetes security, governance, and policy (Booth S32)
  • Reserve a spot to get a demo of Fairwinds Insights to see the latest features and functionality
  • Register in person to win your choice of a Linksys Hydra Pro 6E: Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6E Router or a DJI Mini Drone 2 
  • Attend  Admiral Bash's Island Adventure with Phippy and Friends on Thursday October 14th at 11 AM PT and get a chance to meet the book authors including Fairwinds' Danielle Cook. Get a first-look at this brand new CNCF book!
  • We have a limited number of 20% off (up to a $300 value) coupons for in person full conference passes. Reply to this email to get a code for one today

Attending virtually? Here’s the scoop:

Fairwinds virtual booth will be open for visitors Monday-Friday October 11-15, 2021. Even if you can't physically attend, we are still offering all of the same experiences online.

  • Talk to our Kubernetes experts to see why we are the trusted partner for Kubernetes security, governance, and policy (silver sponsor expo hall)
  • Reserve a spot to get a demo of Fairwinds Insights to see the latest features and functionality during our virtual office hours. (To be listed in the booth closer to launch time)
  • Register online to win your choice of a Linksys Hydra Pro 6E: Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6E Router or a DJI Mini Drone 2
  • Attend  Admiral Bash's Island Adventure with Phippy and Friends on Thursday October 14th at 11 AM PT and get a chance to interact with the book authors including Fairwinds' Danielle Cook. Get a first-look at this brand new CNCF book!
  • We have a limited amount of complimentary passes for the virtual event. Reply to this email to get a code for one today!

Want to learn more about what’s happening at KubeCon? Check out the official schedule

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