Wow – KubeCon + CloudNativeCon was absolutely amazing, for anyone fortunate enough to attend in person, and especially for SUSE! Chock-full of in-depth information in hundreds of sessions, bubbling over with the energy of more than 4000 attendees, and loaded with local fun and surprises (real Texas BBQ, live music, and… snow!?), Austin was definitely the place to be. For those of you who missed it, some SUSE highlights:
Right out of the gate, in Dan Kohn’s conference opening keynote, SUSE was recognized for its participation and contribution to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation community, as a Certified Kubernetes Partner providing a fully conformant Kubernetes distribution, as part of the Cloud Native Landscape, and as a gold sponsor of the foundation at this event. That SUSE chameleon was in good company on the big screen!
In a following keynote, Imad Sousou introduced the newly announced Kata Containers project, which is working to combine the performance of containers and the hardware isolation of VMs – with the support of SUSE and others, the project is off to a promising start.
Meanwhile, back on the show floor, conference goers already familiar with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server were pleased to see the company making its mark at Kubecon as a multi-faceted, open source technology provider with a compelling vision and a portfolio to match. Many were impressed to see how, by participating in multiple open source communities – OpenStack, Kubernetes and Cloud Native, Cloud Foundry, and Linux – and bridging across them to deliver innovative and useful solutions, SUSE makes sense of the many technologies essential to modern IT transformation. Of particular interest was the strategic investment that SUSE has made in Kubernetes, weaving it into a complete enterprise software stack, as part of our SUSE OpenStack Cloud solution, and as the foundation for our application delivery solutions, SUSE CaaS Platform and SUSE Cloud Application Platform.
All week long we dug into really interesting conversations, met lots of Kubernetes users, and learned from each other. Ask anyone who visited the SUSE booth what they learned about SUSE, and you’re likely to hear any number of things, including 5 Ways SUSE CaaS Platform Makes Kubernetes Even Better:
- SUSE CaaS Platform includes everything you need to get Kubernetes up and running quickly, and to keep it running smoothly. So much easier than trying to build your own environment from upstream code!
- SUSE CaaS Platform is built to meet the demands of production use in the enterprise. Why take chances when you don’t need to?
- SUSE CaaS Platform lets you keep your options open. Be smart: stick with the community and avoid lock-in.
- SUSE CaaS Platform runs just about anywhere – and everywhere. As anyone who has wrestled with multi-cloud will tell you, that’s great news.
- SUSE CaaS Platform is 100% open source. Join the Kubic project to participate in upstream development of SUSE CaaS Platform.
SUSE Cloud Application Platform was also making waves at the conference. It answers perfectly to an idea raised in several conference keynotes (check out Kelsey Hightower’s keynote, and Brendan Burns’ too, and Chen Goldberg’s) – that Kubernetes should ideally become invisible to developers, who should instead work with higher level abstractions that make them more productive, in part by eliminating their need to think about Kubernetes. SUSE CaaS Platform provides developers with exactly those abstractions, bridging the industry’s leading cloud application platform, Cloud Foundry, with Kubernetes. SUSE has containerized Cloud Foundry, uses Kubernetes to manage that containerized implementation, and delivers the complete solution as SUSE Cloud Application Platform. Tim Hocken himself was intrigued, along with many others, but you should check it out for yourself: using SUSE Cloud Application Platform, you can leverage the productivity of Cloud Foundry together with the flexibility of Kubernetes, to create container-based applications at web speed, and deploy and manage them at web scale.
SUSE CaaS Platform showed up in the Intel booth too. That’s where you could see how SUSE and Intel are working together to find ways to use flexible infrastructure provisioning (provided by Intel’s Rack Scale Design technology) with Kubernetes (using SUSE CaaS Platform). The combined technology demo was inspiring and thought provoking – exactly what you’d expect from a partnership like this one.
Kubecon NA 2017 was a terrific event for SUSE – can’t wait for Copenhagen!