A Docker Captain’s DockerCon 2017 Review

April 22, 2017 3:14 pm Published by -


It’s now Saturday morning. I’m home and I’m exhausted, but what a week I had in Austin at DockerCon 2017.

This week I attended my third official DockerCon. While technically speaking I wasn’t a “paid attendee” of the first DockerCon in 2014, I did get in for a bit. It just so happened that I was right down the street at CloudFoundry Summit. So, you could technically say I’ve done four US DockerCons. Veteran Status? Maybe that’s what helped me get the title of Docker Captain. I digress.

Well, how things have changed over the years. I think the numbers have gone something like this for all the US DockerCon: 500, 1200, 2500, and 5500. Quite the growth. But there has been a constant vibe at each, something that other conferences distinctly lack: Energy. People at this year’s DockerCon were of the same DNA, excited to be learning something that is new and has the potential to transform their {business, development, IT operations}. There was a palpable excitement in the air not only in the keynote sessions but also in the breakouts. As a speaker, it helped me get fired up for my presentation and I hoped that it sparked that same energy for those who attended.

Energy, check. That’s a key component for a good conference. Let’s discuss the big announcements, the sessions and sum up the week.

The Moby Project and LinuxKit

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DockerCon 2015 Recap

July 30, 2015 10:53 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

It’s been a little over a month since we got back from DockerCon.  We had an absolute blast.  Got to see our friends, make new ones, and connect with the community.  And since we have been back it has been busy.  We were very excited to be there (my old post, I almost can’t contain myself…its time for DockerCon 2015), being the only Docker Authorized Consulting AND Training Partner at the conference.  That unto itself was fantastic.  But the three days held much more in store.

There were a number of announcements made by the good folks at Docker during the keynotes and presentations.  Certainly more than we had time to write down, and the blog-o-sphere has commented and reviewed nearly every aspect of them.  That said, I felt that there were a few things worth noting and commenting on.

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Almost can’t contain myself…it’s time for DockerCon 2015

June 19, 2015 1:26 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

Exciting times.  Very exciting times.  And yes, pun intended. 🙂

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the last DockerCon took place in San Francisco.  At the time, we were a brand new company, just getting started in the business of helping companies deploy applications, better.  We were a sponsor at the Cloud Foundry Summit, and while there we kept hearing buzz about this small conference and a technology called Docker.  I’d say more talk about Docker than CF during the three days we were in SF, no doubt.

Since we had already been working with microservices and distributed application architectures deployed on PaaS, we were already familiar with why Docker would be ground breaking.  In fact, I had experience with similar technologies going back to BSD and Solaris (albeit from an infrastructure perspective) so we immediately saw the business value (whereas PaaS was a bit more difficult to explain, but that is another discussion).  As a company, we started on our path to help customers understand the benefit of containerized application delivery, working with Docker and the container ecosystem at large.  Remember that giddy feeling when you worked with a new tool that made your life easier?  Yeah, that’s how we felt, something as a team we hadn’t experienced for a long time.

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Cloud Foundry Summit 2014 Recap

July 10, 2014 1:43 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

Now that we’ve been back in the office for a few weeks, talking with clients about their initiatives and challenges I have had some time to noodle over the 2014 Cloud Foundry Summit.  And boy, is there some content to write about 🙂

If you are not familiar with Cloud Foundry, or, Platform as a Service in general – here is an ultra-quick primer.  Cloud Foundry (CF as it is known) is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) which has been available since 2011.  It was originally developed by folks at VMware, eventually spun off to Pivotal Software.  Pivotal is backed by both VMware and EMC.  CF is quite mature and stable, and is the supporting platform for a number of publicly available PaaS offerings including Pivotal CF, CenturyLink Cloud, and IBM BlueMix.  Cloud Foundry itself is open source, available for checkout on GitHub:  https://github.com/cloudfoundry/cf-release.

Great, that is CF.  But what is PaaS?  Quite simply, it is an environment that enables the design, development, testing and production deployment of applications in a scalable format.  Also, it provides an integration point for other services which applications can consume…be them managed by the PaaS themselves, or, brokered as a service.  Think of it as an abstraction layer sitting above (or on) infrastructure.  In addition to CF, there are other PaaSes….AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Heroku, and OpenShift to name a few.  Bottom line – if you are interested in deploying application easily – targeting specific environments (dev/test/prod) with little muss or fuss…PaaS is for you.

With the primer out of the way, back to the recap.

Our booth was in the main speaking area, which provided us the opportunity to talk with a TON of folks that are very interested in, or have deployed Cloud Foundry – but also allowed us to see all of the keynotes.  There were some fantastic presentations across the entire spectrum of business to technology enablement.  In particular, there were a few which caught my attention:

  • Diego:  Re-invisoning the Elastic Runtime.  Kind of hard to explain here without getting really technical.  In a nutshell, Diego is a complete rewrite of the DEA (droplet execution agent) which is what actually runs your application bits within Cloud Foundry.  This new rewrite, in golang, is going to move the focus from apps to tasks and long running processes (LRPs), along with a whole bunch of modernizations and the ability to support new technologies into the future.
  • Cloud Foundry and OpenStack – A Marriage Made in Heaven.  Self explanatory!  In my opinion, there really is no reason to run CF on anything but OpenStack.  The features and services that are part of OpenStack are ideally matched to a PaaS as it satisfies all of the requirements that a PaaS requires – deployed in a cost-effective fashion.
  • Enabling Cloud Capabilities Through an Enterprise PaaS.  Monsanto utilizes Cloud Foundry as a foundation for their cloud strategy.  Strong business justification for why a PaaS makes sense, including the reasoning and thought behind how IT can enable a agile development infrastructure with an internal, private cloud.
  • Pivotal Web Services – a Real World Example of Running Cloud Foundry at Scale.  Thinking that Cloud Foundry is not ready for prime-time?  Think again.  Pivotal is running Cloud Foundry bits at extreme scale.  Considering that Pivotal WS is a public cloud environment, and new, burps are not good.  Good information was in this presentation on various factors to consider when running CF locally, in a private infrastructure – including log handling, dashboard/admin UI development, and build pack inclusion.

You could say that there was some excitement in the air, as we listened to the presentations and then had a chance to interact with the community of users.  Net-net, we took away that empirical evidence shows enterprise deployments of a PaaS are in an early state, I believe that there will be a sea-change overnight.  If businesses are to succeed and grow, while reducing operational cost a PaaS fits the bill.  And it just so happens that Cloud Foundry is one of the most mature out there…with a foundation having corporate contributor market cap of $1.2 Trillion.

Can’t wait until CF Summit 2015.  In the meantime, to checkout the presentations, head over to the Cloud Foundry Summit 2014 website.

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