Getting Started With Kubernetes & Container Orchestration
By Edward Gately
Kubernetes is more than just a trending topic among the tech community.
It is a community and a fast-growing product unto itself. Born as an iteration of Google internal systems Borg and Omega, the Kubernetes container orchestration environment really is only just getting started with its plans to dominate the containerized cloud.
During his Software-Defined Enterprise Conference & Expo (SDxE) pre-conference workshop "Getting Started With Kubernetes & Container Orchestration,” Eric Wright, principal solutions engineer and technology evangelist at Turbonomic, will provide a hands-on experience during which attendees will learn what Kubernetes is, what problems it solves and the challenges they’ll face.
In a Q&A with SDxE, Wright gives a sneak peek of the information he plans to share with attendees.
SDxE: What do you think is the biggest barrier organizations face with digital transformation — technology or culture? And why?
Eric Wright: The hands-down leader on this is culture. If a person, team or company is not ready for the cultural and behavioral changes that are needed to accelerate, it has a very high rate of failure. There is a lot to do with the tooling once you get going, but the leading cause of lack of adoption is a cultural resistance to the change. Change is disruptive. Disruptive processes and disruptive technologies all require us to include disruptive change as a part of it. Inertia is not just a physics lesson; it's also a cultural phenomenon.
SDxE: What challenges have you faced in your company with digital transformation? Where have you had success?
EW: Having a history in mid-to large-size companies directly and as in the adviser/vendor capacity across all shapes and sizes of companies, the biggest challenge I see is the disconnect between the CxO driving the budget and the practitioners delivering the technical solutions. Too many organizations lead with a strategy tagline such as “cloud-first" without doing a real impact analysis and assessment of the current state, or how they have to think and act to get to the destination.
The successful companies and teams have a shared goal and work iteratively toward it. Ownership and responsibility being spread throughout every member of the team ensures they all feel active in achieving the goal; nobody wants to be the one that slips on budget or task targets. Empowering every team member and really adopting blameless culture almost always leads to successful transformation in both technology and business across the board.
SDxE: In your presentation, you’re going to discuss “Getting Started With Kubernetes & Container Orchestration.” Without too many spoilers, can you give us an overview?
EW: The goal of the presentation is to really let folks get the 101 ramp-up with some meaningful use cases, and then to dive in with their own environment. I'll be providing the lab. We only need attendees to have a laptop to connect via the internet; we can match up the theory to some practical examples. I'm really looking forward to showing just how easy it is.
We'll also get into how being easy means we can also get ahead of ourselves, so we have to ensure we keep the architecture and Day Two operational stuff in mind as we employ containers and container orchestration.
SDxE: What technologies/developments are you most looking forward to using in 2017 and beyond?
EW: Container orchestration and cross-cloud platforms that will finally bridge the gap we've been looking across for the last decade. I've been designing systems and preparing people for these types of environments for a long time and it's becoming very easy to have people move their thinking further up the IT stack now. Exciting times are ahead as we look at better abstractions and true cross-cloud operating environments that decouple us from vendors.