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Jan 18

Originally published on January 18th, 2018 on The New Stack by Lee Calcote and Swapnil Bhartiya.

In the cloud-native space, broadly speaking, there are two groups of users: platform operators and developers. And rarely does a new product or service meet the needs of both groups equally well.

Through the recently announced PKS (Pivotal Container Service), VMware and Pivotal — in partnership with Google Cloud — are focused squarely on solving this problem. Their new commercially supported release of the Cloud Foundry Container Runtime promises to make Kubernetes easy to run and operate for virtualization administrators, thus giving development teams the support they want for new initiatives that require reliable infrastructure in the form of Kubernetes running on vSphere or Google Cloud Platform.

By combining Kubernetes with VMware’s infrastructure tooling and multi-cloud capabilities, Pivotal and VMware have created a product that may truly bring devs and ops together. Continue reading »

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Apr 25

The Prometheus AlertManager component handles alerts sent by client applications such as the Prometheus server, carefully de-duplicating, correlating, and routing their notifications to their appropriate receiver (e.g. email, webhook, etc.). Current behavior of this component is only to display actively firing alerts.

Contributing to Prometheus is no different than most other open source endeavors, which, like many projects, welcomes community contributions. Let’s gain better familiarity with the process by augmenting Prometheus’ AlertManager with a new “history” view.

This talk was presented at CloudNativeCon + KubeCon EU 2017.

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Mar 31

An active and engaged community is a key marker of success for any open source project. Presented at CloudNativeCon + KubeCon EU 2017, this talk analyzes various open source communities and how they create and sustain communities to build and use better software. This session contrasts the communities of Openstack, Apache, Android, OpenDayLight, OpenNFV, Cloud Foundry, Mesos, etc. and highlights best practices of each in order to learn from and be inspired to build great CNCF communities. Open source communities use various means like meetups, hackathons, roadshows, day events, mini projects, college drives, etc. to attract and engage contributors and users. As the CNCF starts adding more projects in to its fold, the user base also needs to grow.

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Sep 02

100804-N-5483N-026 LIBSON, Portugal (Aug. 4, 2010) Capt. Karl Thomas, commanding officer of the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) greets U.S. ambassador to Portugal Allan J. Katz before a reception highlighting the partnership between Portugal and the United States. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sylvia Nealy/Released)

Originally posted on Network World on Sept. 6th, 2016.

Navigating the container ecosystem can be confusing. Deciding where to dip your toes is challenging for those stepping into container and microservices waters. Even those who have already ventured knee-deep still wade through many questions as they progress in their cloud native journey. To help them guide them through the ecosystem, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) recently launched a Cloud Native Ambassadors program at its inaugural CloudNativeDay in Toronto.

Recognized for their expertise, Cloud Native Ambassadors are individuals who belong to a CNCF member organization and are selected based on their passion for cloud native technology and willingness to help others learn. Most ambassadors also organize or are involved in community meetups oriented toward technologies and projects governed by the CNCF. Forty-one meetups worldwide have joined the program to date (disclaimer: I’m a CNCF Ambassador  and an organizer of the Microservices and Containers Austin meetup in Austin, TX.). Continue reading »

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