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 senior director of technology strategy at SolarWinds. Lee is an innovative thought leader who is passionate about developer platforms and management software for clouds, containers, infrastructure, and applications and has consistently focused on advanced and emerging technologies throughout his career, at companies including Seagate, Cisco, and Pelco. Lee is active in the tech community and is an organizer of technology meetups and conferences, a writer, an author, and a speaker.