Engineer for the future of Cloud
June 10-13, 2019
San Jose, CA

Kubernetes is still hard for app developers; let’s fix that

Aaron Schlesinger (Microsoft)
4:45pm5:25pm Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Location: LL20 A/B



Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with cloud computing and some of the major services that cloud vendors offer (e.g., compute, storage, networking, databases)
  • A high-level understanding of containers and container orchestrators


Kubernetes is all the rage these days and for good reason. Among other benefits, app development teams get to use battle-hardened infrastructure to build and deploy containers, use modern tech and practices, and lower their cloud bill. But these days, the journey to Kubernetes is long and hard.

Aaron Schlesinger dives into case studies that reveal the general needs of many app developers. He uses these case studies to build a long list of concepts and technologies you need to learn before you can even think about deploying your apps on Kubernetes. You’ll learn his strategies (and hacks and shortcuts) that teams have used to get up and running faster. Aaron helps you shorten that long list, eases your transition, and makes the day-to-day life of app developers easier on Kubernetes. Gain a holistic view of your team’s needs and how you can help them, and leave with a deep understanding of what your teams need to succeed on Kubernetes, important tools you can use to help them, and how you can use them today to realize the benefits that Kubernetes can bring to your apps right now.

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Aaron Schlesinger


Aaron Schlesinger is a developer advocate at Microsoft Azure and a core maintainer of the Athens Project. He’s an emeritus core maintainer and chair of the Kubernetes SIG-Service-Catalog and a contributor to various other projects in the Kubernetes community. He enjoys distilling his wide-ranging Kubernetes- and Go-related (Golang) experiences into talks and has spoken at KubeCon, GopherCon, and other large conferences around the world.

He has almost 15 years of software engineering experience and discovered Kubernetes in early 2015. He’s been hooked on cloud native technologies ever since. He lives in San Mateo, California, where he and his wife love to run up and down mountains together.

Pronouns: he/him

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