Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

The over-under on container networking

Lee Calcote (SolarWinds)
4:20pm4:45pm Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Location: Ballroom G
Average rating: ****.
(4.57, 7 ratings)

Networking is an inherent component to any distributed application and one of the most complicated and expansive technologies at the heart of microservices. With application developers busily adopting container technologies, the time has come for network engineers and operators to prepare for the unique challenges brought on by cloud-native applications.

Lee Calcote walks you through the different types of container connectivity options available, exploring their specific function (when they should be used) and comparing their performance characteristics. Along the way, Lee explores the two container networking specifications—the Container Network Interface (CNI) and the Container Network Model (CNM)—and explains how they’ve shaped different types of container connectivity.

Topics include:

  • Antiquated types of container networking
  • Current types of container networking
  • Overlays
  • Underlays
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Lee Calcote


Lee Calcote is the head of technology strategy at SolarWinds, where he stewards strategy and innovation across the business. Previously, he led software-defined data center engineering at Seagate, leveling up the systems portfolio by delivering new predictive analytics, telemetric, and modern management capabilities, and held leadership positions at Cisco, where he created Cisco’s cloud management platforms and pioneered new, automated remote management services. Lee advises a handful of startups and serves as a member of various industry bodies, including the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the Distributed Management Task Foundation (DMTF), and the Center for Internet Security (CIS). As a Docker Captain and Cloud Native Ambassador, he is an organizer of technology conferences, an analyst, an author, and a speaker in the technology community. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science, a master’s degree in business administration from California State University, Fresno, and a number of industry certifications.