Speaker Bio

Josh is an enthusiastic software engineering manager with over 15 years working on web applications of different flavors. He cut his teeth on regular expressions in Perl for a meta search engine and had the misfortune of porting those to Java in 2001. Lately he’s happy to be building a data science team, writing Python, and exploring the benefits and challenges of container orchestration with Kubernetes.


Slides made available at Speaker Deck.

Kubernetes: A Cautionary Tale

Introductory and overview

The gap between Minikube and Kubernetes in production is vast and full of pain. Want to know what it’s like to implement Kubernetes in production for the first time before you collect the bumps and bruises yourself? Join me to learn about the ups and downs of one company’s initial experience - including who was involved, the scope, and what was intentionally deferred.

We will cover:

  • Why even consider Kubernetes (Hint: you might not benefit from it!)
  • How a real company approached their first proof-of-concept
  • How goals changed during implementation of k8s
  • What we learned so far
  • What we still need to learn

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Dissecting Kubernetes (K8s) - An Intro to Main Components

Introductory and overview, Demo

People talk about Kubernetes as if it is a single, opaque system and rarely dig in to see what makes it tick. This isn’t the standard talk about why you need Kubernetes or how to deploy into it. Instead, join me to demystify some of the inner workings of a Kubernetes cluster. Learn what actually deploys containers, what decides where they should go, and understand the component that handles the famous scaling of containers.

We will build up a mini cluster one Kubernetes component at a time, explore why we need them, and gain a better sense of what happens to all those YAML files you throw at it.

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