5 Takeaways from KubeCon North America 2019

Virtualization Review | December 02, 2019

Cloud Native Computing Foundation's flagship Kubernetes (K8s) conference, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon (I will simply refer to as 'KubeCon' from here on), was held in San Diego Nov. 18-21, 2019. KubeCon continued its dramatic growth this year by selling out months in advance and drawing in over 12,000 attendees and 300 vendors, this is up 50 percent from last year. This conference is heavily developer-focused, but make no mistake -- all of the major IT vendors were represented: VMware had a huge presence, Red Hat was there representing IBM, and HPE announced their new Kubernetes-based Container Platform.

Spotlight

An enormous impact on data center design and operations is happening because of the rapid evolution of enterprise IT. Organizations are required to get more creative and resourceful about leveraging new technologies while taking advantage of existing infrastructure and limiting overall costs; for example, leveraging an existing storage and compute infrastructure for more efficient but less expensive operations by transitioning toward converged infrastructure. The growing demand for storage shows no sign of slowing down along with the need for ever more compute to analyze the expanding data. Data center managers must manage all of these demands and meet their aggressive business goals while also remaining efficient and keeping costs under control.

Spotlight

An enormous impact on data center design and operations is happening because of the rapid evolution of enterprise IT. Organizations are required to get more creative and resourceful about leveraging new technologies while taking advantage of existing infrastructure and limiting overall costs; for example, leveraging an existing storage and compute infrastructure for more efficient but less expensive operations by transitioning toward converged infrastructure. The growing demand for storage shows no sign of slowing down along with the need for ever more compute to analyze the expanding data. Data center managers must manage all of these demands and meet their aggressive business goals while also remaining efficient and keeping costs under control.

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