KubeCon EU 2021; Just Like Regular KubeCon, but with More Coffee!

KubeCon Goes Virtual – Again.

With as many years as I’ve been attending KubeCon, you’d think that it would get boring, but it doesn’t. To me, each KubeCon has a different feel, and a different theme. KubeCon EU was my second virtual KubeCon and while virtual KubeCons are a bit more challenging in certain ways, they can also be more rewarding in others. This year’s KubeCon EU was definitely brought to the American attendees thanks to copious amounts of caffeine and maybe some energy drinks, but it was worth it to participate in another KubeCon. For me, the sun comes up pretty early this time of year anyway so I only consumed four cups per day, which is typical for me – I don’t have a *twitch* problem *twitch*.

KubeCon Community and Expanded Inclusion

This year I noticed a particularly strong focus around inclusion and community for first time contributors and attendees. I think – and hope- new attendees of this year’s KubeCon EU felt more welcomed and less lost in the shuffle than KubeCons of previous years. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation always does a good job with carving our time into their events for new attendees, but I think the bulk of making newbies feel welcomed lies with the community itself, and this year they did an especially good job with it.

Virtual events always have an advantage when it comes to inclusion; as long as one has internet access, they have a chance to attend virtual events. Even in the case of in person events, often the monetary component is taken care of, if need be, by foundations or charitable organizations.

The theme of inclusion and community was continued in sessions like College to Cloud Native, a session directed at introducing college students to the Cloud-Native community, and Your Path to Non-Code Kubernetes Contribution, which focused on new contributors to Kubernetes. Most noticeably though, the theme of inclusion and community played itself out in the hallway track, where, guided by the community, new attendees got familiar with the Cloud Native Community, its members, and its work. In a virtual KubeCon, the hallway track, once again, proved itself to be one of the most – if not THE most – valuable extensions of KubeCon. The Hallway track is one of the only ways people can connect, without an agenda, virtually, either for impromptu mentoring or just to hang out and drink coffee. What’s most interesting about the hallway track though, is that it’s an organic idea that originally came from the Cloud-Native community and to my mind, that’s what really makes KubeCon unique – the community – KubeCon is about the people.

Instana Unveils OpenTelemetry Support via OpenShift Operator

In technology related news, Observability had a pretty big spotlight at KubeCon EU 2021. Of course, Instana’s first KubeCon after the IBM acquisition had us talking about the latest version of our OpenShift Operator, which automatically collects OpenTelemetry from OpenShift. While Instana does work well with OpenShift, it is important to mention that Instana was created to handle the needs of Cloud-Native applications and services, regardless of where they are running.

What’s Next? KubeCon NA (or is it LA?) Stop, You’re Both Right!

KubeCon takes shape from the people that participate in it and I think that’s why the event can continue to be successful even after it went virtual. As long as the KubeCon/Cloud-Native community is willing, there will always be a KubeCon in some capacity. KubeCon NA is still on track to be in person, in Los Angeles, though. Hopefully, I’ll see you there — IN PERSON!!



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