3 Things to Look Forward to at KubeCon EU

Written By: Danielle Cook

4 min readMay 18, 2022

This week, the cloud native community will come together in Valencia, Spain for the first time, in person, since KubeCon in Barcelona in 2019. As an attendee of many KubeCons in Europe and North America, I’m excited to once again be in person with this buzzing community.

Here are the top three things I’m looking forward to this week:

1. Intro to the Cloud Native Maturity Model Updates

The Cartografos Working Group, launched in 2021, has been working to update the Cloud Native Maturity Model. The purpose of this group and the maturity model is to provide organizations with effective and practical guidance to help them understand the cloud native ecosystem. With a session on Thursday, I’m excited to join my fellow co-authors and group members, Simon Forster, John Forman, Robert Glenn, Annalisa Gennaro, Jonathan Gershater and Marcello Testi as we present the latest updates to the maturity model. This includes a new section on Business Outcomes so users of the Cloud Native Maturity Model can effectively map the technology, process, people and policy section onto the business goals.

2. Community, Community, Community

One of the things that’s been absent since Barcelona is the chance to be with the cloud native community, to understand the challenges we are all facing and how we can work to overcome them. I’m excited to network with the industry, learn from cloud native users and put that into practice at Fairwinds.

3. Doing Some Good

We’ve joined forces with some great companies: Buoyant, Civo, Cockroach Labs, Pulumi, and Jetstack to ensure we are doing some good. For those people unable to attend KubeCon EU in person, this group has teamed up to donate $2 for each virtual booth visitor to World Central Kitchen (WCK), a non-profit committed to providing meals in response to humanitarian crises. You can learn more about how it works and each company below.

In addition, if you stop by the Fairwinds booth in person, we will also donate €2 to the World Central Kitchen. This organization delivers nearly 300,000 daily meals in Ukraine.

Looking forward to some great talks, the solutions showcase and more! Make sure to stop by the Fairwinds booth S14 and the Cartografos Working Group to do some good, learn about the Cloud Native Maturity Model and Kubernetes governance.

Partners for Good: How it Works

Participating is easy. If you registered for KubeCon, just click on the booth links below to visit our virtual booths. Each visit will count as a $2 donation, so if you visit us all, that’s $12 for the cause right there!

Of course, there are many more reasons to visit our booths. You’ll find lots of great cloud native resources including demos, tutorials, ebooks and more. Here are some of the highlights you can expect at each booth.

Buoyant — the creator of Linkerd

Buoyant is announcing something really exciting: the introduction of fully managed Linkerd. You can be one of the first to check out the demo, and you’ll also find a ton of service mesh content including a service mesh 101 in English and Spanish , our engineer’s guide to mTLS, and details on Buoyant’s Service Mesh Academy. For this and more, visit the Buoyant booth!

Civo — Fast Simple, Managed Kubernetes

Stop by the Civo booth for live sessions on how to get the most out of your Kubernetes environment — including demos, Civo marketplace walkthroughs and an inside look at how they live-provision a private region. You’ll find lots of resources and friendly team members to answer any questions on Civo’s easy-to-use managed Kubernetes service. It is fully CNCF certified and 100% Kubernetes upstream compatible. Check out the Civo booth today!

Cockroach Labs — Build What you Dream

CockroachDB’s presence this year at KubeCon, both physical and virtual, is primarily a charitable one. (If you are attending in person, be sure to visit booth P16, where for each badge scanned, they’ll donate $3 to either Black Girls Code, Women Who Code, the Cancer Research Institute, or UNICEF for Ukrainian relief). Visit their booth (or book a meeting here) to see demos and architecture overviews about what they’ve learned from building a multi-region, managed, distributed SQL database offering on Kubernetes. Check it out now.

Fairwinds — Kubernetes Governance and Security

Fairwinds, a leader in Kubernetes governance providing a unified view between dev, sec, and ops, offers lots of great resources at their virtual booth this KubeCon. You can get a quick tour of Fairwinds Insights, learn about Kubernetes cost savings, how to make Kubernetes service ownership possible, typical Kubernetes security mistakes and much more. Come chat with a friendly Fairwinds engineer to talk about the many great open source solutions including Polaris, Goldilocks, Nova, and Pluto. Visit the Fairwinds booth today!

Pulumi — Universal Infrastructure as Code

At Pulumi’s booth, you’ll learn about their cloud engineering platform that brings infrastructure, developer, and security teams together through a unified software engineering process that tames cloud complexity and accelerates innovation. Don’t miss Pulumi’s Ask an Expert live sessions to hear directly from the engineering team. Whether you want to know more about how to build with Universal Infrastructure as Code in general-purpose programming and markup languages or just learn more about what’s on the roadmap, this is your chance to ask anything. Visit Pulumi today!

Jetstack — the creator of cert-manager

Get more out of cert-manager and find out how Jetstack Secure can eliminate workload misconfigurations and provide full visibility of each certificate across every production cluster. Chat directly to one of the project maintainers and learn to use cert-manager to secure Ingress endpoints and internal workloads using mTLS. Check out the Jetstack booth today!




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