CloudNative eXchange 2020

Topics covered at #cloudnativeX
Book Now: £150 + VAT Online Conference Price!

Monday, 14th - Tuesday, 15th December, Online Conference

9 experts will be speaking. Starts at 12:00 (UTC)


CloudNative London is now CloudNative eXchange — and for 2020 we're taking it 100% online.

Deploy like a pro with all things cloud, including DevOps, Containers, and Kubernetes.

Cloud computing offers lots of options, each coming with the promise of benefits, and the threat of drawbacks. Cut through the vendor hype and determine the real value of this rapidly evolving paradigm. Learn from the leading experts in cloud native, and hear their stories of success and failure. Sharpen your technical skills and decision-making abilities so you can help plot your organization’s cloud strategy and see it to success.

Come learn the latest techniques and newest language developments from the world’s foremost Cloud, DevOps and Containers experts at CloudNative eXchange 2020

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CloudNative eXchange 2020

This year’s CloudNative eXchange will be a virtual conference.

Featuring two days of expert-led talks plus breakout spaces for getting to know likeminded people working in the Cloud and DevOps sphere around the globe.

At Skills Matter, we’ve chosen to see the events of the past year as a challenge to make our content and community more inclusive and accessible to all. Beyond the current COVID‑19 pandemic, we have a vision of a community where knowledge sharing and skills transfer are not limited by physical barriers.

We are excited about the opportunity to truly welcome the international cloud native community to this year’s CloudNative eXchange. We hope to see you there!

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CloudNative eXchange 2020 programme

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How Cities Heal: Minneapolis 2021

Cloud Architect Lynn Langit moved to Minneapolis in 2020 and expected to make positive change applying various cloud technologies. As for many, the year 2020 brought a number of unexpected turns to her newly-native city. What role does Cloud Native tech have in recovery for a wounded city? With COVID, riots, a struggling economy and bitter political division impacting globally, are there considerations / lessons we can all apply?

Lynn Langit

Lynn Langit is an independent Cloud Architect and Developer. She works on genomic-scale cloud pipelines. Also Lynn is an author for LinkedIn Learning, having created 25 courses on cloud topics. For her technical education work, she has been awarded as an AWS Community Hero, Google Cloud Developer Expert and Microsoft Regional Director.

Technologies for Microservices

Many say: "Microservices are small REST services". But the technology choice for microservices is much bigger: Asynchronous microservices with Kafka or Atom feeds and integration at UI level are just as possible as REST in various variations, e.g. with Kubernetes and the service mesh Istio. This talk provides an overview of these approaches and when to use them.

Links to examples at GitHub and documentation will also be provided so you can actually start working with them.

Eberhard Wolff

Eberhard Wolff has 15+ years of experience as an architect and consultant, often on the intersection of business and technology. He is a Fellow at INNOQ in Germany. As a speaker, he has given talks at international conferences and as an author, he has written more than 100 articles and books e.g. about Microservices and Continuous Delivery. His technological focus is on modern architectures – often involving Cloud, Continuous Delivery, DevOps, or Microservices.

Minimum Viable Migrations (MVM), A Path to Cloud Modernization

Most tech teams will take an Agile approach to launching new products and services. Starting with a Minimal Viable Product (MVP), and releasing iteratively  — gathering feedback, testing assumptions and delivering value to customers more rapidly. For migration projects though, this often goes out the window. With teams looking for a “big bang” release once the new system reaches feature parity (an equivalent set of features and functionaries) with the existing system. Instead, a focus on Minimum Viable Migrations (MVMs) allows assumptions to be tested faster, teams to be focused and value to be delivered to customers more rapidly.

Key Takeaways: * How to structure Cloud Modernization * What's a good MVM * How Serverless technologies can simplify MVMs

Ben Ellerby

Ben Ellerby is an AWS Serverless Hero and VP of Engineering for Theodo. He is the editor of Serverless Transformation: a blog, newsletter, and podcast which share tools, techniques, and use cases for all things Serverless. He co-organizes the Serverless User Group in London and regularly speaks about Serverless around the world. At Theodo, Ben works with both new startups and global organisations to deliver digital products, training, and digital transformation with Serverless across London, Paris, and New York.

NodeJS, ML, K8s and Unethical Face Recognition

How nice would it be to be able to remember everyone’s name? What if you could just walk into a room and know everyone’s Twitter handle? Kubernetes is a great tool that is being used more and more for deploying applications, and it can also be used in the context of machine learning. In this talk, Joel will demonstrate how to use NodeJs, a touch of machine learning and a sprinkle of Kubernetes to recognize people in a crowd.

With a demo inspired by the series Black Mirror, attendees will learn how to use openly available tools to do face recognition with NodeJs and how to deploy multiple microservices to Kubernetes.

Joel Lord

Joel Lord is passionate about web and technology in general. He likes to learn new things, but most of all, he wants to share his discoveries. He does so by travelling at various conferences all across the globe. He graduated from college in computer programming in the last millennium. Apart from a little break to get his BSc in computational astrophysics, he was always in the industry. As a developer advocate with Red Hat OpenShift, he meets with developers to help them make the web better by using best practices around Kubernetes.

Event-driven autoscaling on Kubernetes with KEDA and Azure Functions

Event-driven, serverless architectures are a hot topic in today's cloud-native application development. To take full advantage of the serverless benefits of event-driven, your application needs to scale and react to those events instantly. It needs to be able to scale from zero to potentially thousands of instances. KEDA is an open-sourced component that provides event-driven autoscaling for your Kubernetes workloads.

KEDA works with any container, but to enable additional serverless capabilities within Kubernetes you can pair KEDA with the Azure Functions runtime. Don't get fooled by 'Azure' in the name. Azure Functions provides a programming model that can run anywhere: in a container running on-premises, fully managed in Azure, or on any Kubernetes cluster, and they can be written in many languages.

It allows application developers not to worry anymore about writing the code to connect, trigger, and pull from an event source like RabbitMQ, Kafka, or Azure Event Hubs. That's all handled for you. Please join me in this demo-filled session!

Erwin Staal

Erwin Staal is an Azure Architect and DevOps Consultant at 4DotNet (Meppel, the Netherlands). He has over more than 10 years of experience with both small and large organizations. He likes to immerse himself in the latest technologies.

Taming Dependabot: Keeping Microservices up to Date

Industry practices for node projects encourage the development of microservices. In order to keep the project secure you need to keep your dependencies up to date. The more frequently this happens, the easier the fixes are as you are not working through a years worth of release notes. This talk covers the practical details of using dependabot to keep the dependencies of a project up to date.

The set of projects that the team I took over had over 70 repositories of code. Dependabot had recently been enabled and we now faced a backlog of 360 PRs (and these do grow by upto 70 a day).

This is the story of what my team did to get this under control. It also covers how to make Snyk and Dependabot play well together (and explain what happens when they don't).

This is what happens when you enable continuous delivery with dependabot, and what you need to make that happen.

Chris Eyre

Chris Eyre is a Software Craftsman at Codurance. As a software craftsman and author, he has over 25 years of experience working in software development across a range of industries. He has worked in Defence, Banking, Insurance, Futures Trading, Betting and Digital Publishing. Chris is a life long learner, keen on Agile and Lean processes and equally at home talking to stakeholders and developers. Chris enjoys reading, middle distance running and films.

Service Mess to Service Mesh

In our quest to secure all the things, do we jump in too quickly? We'll use Istio and Linkerd as example service meshes, and look at the features we would expect from a service mesh. We'll dive into the day-1 experience with both Istio and Linkerd, and some advanced scenarios of using the service mesh. We'll compare this to border security with an app gateway, and compare and contrast the security features, complexities, and implementation costs. You'll leave with a concrete understanding of the benefits and tradeoffs you get when you pull in a service mesh, and be ready to justify the investment.

Rob Richardson

Rob Richardson is a software craftsman building web properties in ASP.NET and Node, React and Vue. He’s a Microsoft MVP, published author, frequent speaker at conferences, user groups, and community events, and a diligent teacher and student of high quality software development. You can follow him on twitter at @rob_rich.

Evolving to Cloud Native

Every organization has at least a phalanx or two in the “Cloud,” and it is understandably changing the way we architect our systems. But your application portfolio is full of “heritage” systems that hail from the time before everything was a service. Not all of those applications will make it to the valley beyond, how do you grapple with your legacy portfolio?

In this talk, you will learn:

  • How to evaluate your legacy applications
  • How to take those heritage systems to the Cloud
  • What 12 Factors means for you
  • Where it makes sense to use microservices
  • What tools and services you’ll need to add to your repertoire
Nathaniel T. Schutta

Nathaniel T. Schutta (Developer Advocate, VMware) is a software architect focused on cloud computing and building usable applications. A proponent of polyglot programming, Nate has written multiple books and appeared in various videos.

Kubernetes: A Gateway Drug for Vendor Lock-in

Many organisations believe to be betting on interoperability by choosing Kubernetes rather than, what they believe to be, a proprietary platform. However, this could be a trap that can easily lead to vendor lock-in. We need to learn from history to avoid repeating the same mistake again.

Ernesto Garbarino

Ernesto Garbarino is Enterprise Architect, Cloud Evangelist and Account CTO at Mphasis, a Blackstone company. Mr. Garbarino holds an MSc in Software Engineering from University of Oxford with Distinction as well as two diplomas in Computing from the same institution. He is also the author of “Beginning Kubernetes on the Google Cloud Platform”, published by Apress.

Get Involved

Our Call for Papers is now closed.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted a talk.

If you submitted a proposal, our Programme Committee is in the process of reviewing all talk submissions. Once final decisions have been made, we will provide you with an update as to whether or not your talk has been accepted.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or need to get in touch, you can reach the team at conferences@skillsmatter.com
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