Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Conquering both containers and virtual machines with Kubernetes

Kris Nova (Independent)
1:45pm2:25pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Secondary topics:  Cloud Native
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Infrastructure engineers, operators, software engineers, and DevOps engineers




Virtual machines changed the world and containers swooped in shortly after. Kubernetes now empowers us to wield both technologies according to our needs.

Kris Nova examines the motivation for each unique piece of technology and dives into use cases for both. She then discusses the migration path of building hybrid cloud native systems from conventional virtualized infrastructure and explores concerns of each application encapsulation method. You’ll learn when to use which technology as well as the exciting primitives Kubernetes gives you to manage both containers and VMs seamlessly in a declarative way.

If you’re currently running large stateful workloads on virtual machine infrastructure and are considering moving to Kubernetes, this talk is for you.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A working knowledge of a legacy virtual machine infrastructure

What you'll learn

  • Gain confidence that you can design and implement systems spanning both virtual machines and container infrastructure for your engineering organization
  • Learn valuable lessons about architecting these systems in the field taken from real-life concrete examples from field engineering work
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Kris Nova


Kris Nova is independent, focusing on containers, infrastructure, and Kubernetes, and she’s an ambassador for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Previously, she was a developer advocate and an engineer on Kubernetes at Heptio. Kris has a deep technical background in the Go programming language and has authored many successful open source tools in Go. She’s a Kubernetes maintainer and the creator of kubicorn, a successful Kubernetes infrastructure management tool. Kris organizes a special interest group in Kubernetes and is a leader in the community. She understands the grievances with running cloud native infrastructure via a distributed cloud native application and recently authored an O‚ÄôReilly book on the topic, Cloud Native Infrastructure. Kris lives in Seattle and spends her free time climbing mountains.