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Panel discussion: The future of Kubernetes—Challenges and opportunities

Sarah Wells (Financial Times), Brendan Burns (Microsoft), Kris Nova (Independent), Alice Goldfuss (GitHub)
4:00pm–4:55pm Monday, October 1, 2018
Cloud Computing Day with Kubernetes
Location: Sutton Center
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)

Join this panel on the future of Kubernetes, as Sarah Wells, Brendan Burns, Kris Nova, and Alice Goldfuss explore upcoming challenges and opportunities.

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Sarah Wells

Financial Times

Sarah Wells is the technical director for operations and reliability at the Financial Times. Her teams build operational and developer tooling and help engineering teams at the FT to support the systems they build, including coordination, communication and learning around major incidents. Previously, Sarah was a developer and tech lead for nearly 20 years. Building a new microservices-based system about five years ago led her to develop a deep interest in operability, observability, and DevOps—and learn a lot about containerization, Kubernetes, and Go in the process.

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Brendan Burns


Brendan Burns is a distinguished engineer at Microsoft Azure, where he runs the container service and resource manager teams, and a cofounder of the Kubernetes open source project. Previously, he worked at Google on cloud APIs and web search infrastructure and was a professor of computer science at Union College. Brendan holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BA in computer science and studio art from Williams College.

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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’Reilly book on the topic, Cloud Native Infrastructure. Kris lives in Seattle and spends her free time climbing mountains.

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Alice Goldfuss


Alice Goldfuss is a systems punk currently helping GitHub run its cutting-edge container platform. She loves kernel crashes, memory design, and performance hacks. Alice has consulted on some books, including Docker: Up & Running, Effective DevOps, and Site Reliability Engineering: Volume 2, presented at some conferences, such as SREcon, Velocity, and Container Summit, and run some others, including LISA17 and devopsdays Portland. You can follow her on Twitter, but you’ll probably regret it.