In his keynote address at KubeCon, Craig McLuckie said the success of Kubernetes has been driven by the community, excited end users, and organizations that have built out the Kubernetes ecosystem.

Kubernetes is one of the highest velocity open source projects around, attracting more than 80,000 commits from nearly 3,000 developers at more than 1,180 companies over the past three years. From the start, the project has managed its success by gauging whether its users are excited about the technology and using it, which they are. Likewise, Craig McLuckie, CEO of Heptio and co-founder of Kubernetes remains excited about the technology.

That excitement was showcased at McLuckie’s KubeCon keynote address, titled The Road Ahead on the Kubernetes Journey (see video below).

McLuckie has been steering Kubernetes toward success since its origin at Google. He has seen it emerge as a standard operating environment for distributed systems development over the past few years, and watched as it has become embraced by almost every significant vendor in the ecosystem. Kubernetes is helping solve tough problems in deploying and running applications and is supporting development of new approaches to building and running applications.

In his KubeCon address, McLuckie discussed the emergence of expert operations and how Kubernetes is driving change at organizations that build and manage distributed systems. He also discussed the increasing importance of cloud native technologies.

3 Driving Factors

McLuckie said Kubernetes’ success has been driven by three things: community, excited end users, and organizations that have built out the Kubernetes ecosystem. He is also focused on efficient development around the project. “Developer productivity really matters,” he said. “Anything we can do to drive even a five percent increase in developer productivity is worth it. Developers are moving from building static code to living services. Organizations should focus on the delivery of living services.”

Organizations everywhere are implementing container technologies, and many of them are turning to Kubernetes as a solution for orchestrating containers. Kubernetes is attractive for its extensible architecture and healthy open source community, but some still feel that it is too difficult to use. For some time now, new tools have been emerging that help streamline Kubernetes and make building container-based applications easier.

Kubernetes as a Service

McLuckie also foresees new security and governance policies taking shape at organizations as they strategize around technologies like Kubernetes. Additionally, he sees them embracing the multi-cloud trend. “I want to recognize the cloud providers out there that have introduced Kubernetes-as-a-service offerings,” he said. “These are providing high levels of assurance that Kubernetes is provisioned and is running exactly as it should. The available clusters feature consistency, and have the same behavior. If you see the certification logo, you can have confidence in this consistency.”

“These services make hybrid cloud deployments more viable,” he added. “And, people are building applications that can, say, run in two clouds. People should have the flexibility to do so, and to be able to pick which clouds they want to deploy their new services into.”

McLuckie has been working directly with cloud providers such as the Azure team at Microsoft to ensure that services around tools like Kubernetes are running correctly and are optimized. He sees such optimization of services growing along with the trend toward deploying applications in multiple cloud scenarios. Players like Microsoft have also built dedicated tools to streamline use of Kubernetes. For example, Microsoft has open sourced Draft, a tool that streamlines application development and deployment into any Kubernetes cluster.

Above all, McLuckie emphasized that Kubernetes will be driven forward by the community, and not by any individual. “If we hold together, there is so much more that we can do,” he said. “We haven’t felt the full potential of Kubernetes, not just around the issues that surround the deployment of software, but as a way to build new classes of distributed systems where Kubernetes is the core development environment.”

Hear more in McLuckie’s keynote address below:

Learn more about Kubernetes at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe, coming up May 2-4 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This week in open source news, AGL reveals new infotainment platform, mainstream enterprises derive the most benefit from OSS, and more! Read on to stay on top of the latest open source news. 

1) Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) recently revealed the latest infotainment platform along with a new Virtualization Expert Group (EG-VIRT) to develop a virtualized architecture.

Linux Foundation Focuses on Bringing Virtualization to Your Car– RCRWireless News

2) “Combing through the last few quarters of earnings transcripts, it’s clear that open source has arrived…but to very different destinations, depending on the company.”

Open Source is Driving Digital Transformation, According to Mainstream Businesses– Tech Republic

3) Amazon Web Services joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), (open source home of the Kubernetes project,) as a Platinum Member.

AWS joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation– TechCrunch

4) “On August 24 and 25, the Ubuntu Desktop team will be holding a “Fit and Finish Sprint,” where they will aggressively test GNOME.”

Canonical Needs Your Help Transitioning Ubuntu Linux From Unity to GNOME– BetaNews

5) The VoltaStream Zero (an open source integrated audio module in the same form as a Raspberry Pi Zero) has launched.

Raspberry Pi Zero Clone: This Open Source Board Offers Chromecast-Quality Sound– ZDNet

Leading open source technologists from Cloudera, Hortonworks, Uber, Red Hat, and more are set to speak at Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon Europe, taking place Nov. 14-18 in Seville, Spain. The Linux Foundation today announced keynote speakers and sessions for the co-located events.

Apache: Big Data Europe, Nov. 14-16, gathers the Apache projects, people, and technologies working in Big Data, ubiquitous computing and data engineering, and science to educate, collaborate, and connect in a completely project-neutral environment; it is the only event that brings together the full suite of Big Data open source projects including Apache Hadoop, Cassandra, CouchDB, Spark, and more.

The event will feature more than 100 sessions covering the issues, technologies, techniques, and best practices that are shaping the data ecosystem across a wide range of industries including finance, business, manufacturing, government and academia, media, energy, and retail.

Keynote speakers at Apache: Big Data include:

  • Mayank Bansal, Senior Engineer, Big Data, Uber

  • Stephan Ewan, CTO, Data Artisans

  • Alan Gates, Co-Founder, Hortonworks

  • John Mertic, Director, Program Management, ODPi

  • Sean Owen, Director of Data Science, Cloudera

View the full Apache Big Data schedule.

Registration for Apache: Big Data Europe is discounted to $499 through October 3. Register Now! Those interested in also attending ApacheCon can add that to their Apache: Big Data registration for only $399. Diversity and needs-based scholarship applications are also being accepted. Apply now for a scholarship.


ApacheCon, Nov. 16-18, is the annual conference of The Apache Software Foundation and brings together the Apache and open source community to learn about and collaborate on the technologies and projects driving the future of open source, web technologies and cloud computing.

The event will contain tracks and mini-summits dedicated to specific Apache projects organized by their respective communities. In addition, ApacheCon Europe will host complimentary tracks, including Apache Incubator/Innovation, Future of Web, and Community, as well as hackathons, lightning talks, and BarCampApache.

Session highlights include:

  • Building a Container Solution on Top of Apache CloudStack – Paul Angus, VP Technology & Cloud Architect, ShapeBlue

  • Practical Trademark Law For FOSS Projects – Shane Curcuru, VP Brand Management, The Apache Software Foundation

  • Building Inclusive Communities – Jan Lehnardt, Vice President, Apache CouchDB

  • Building Apache HTTP Server; from Development to Deployment – William Rowe, Jr., Staff Engineer, Pivotal

  • If You Build It, They Won’t Come – Ruth Suehle, Community Marketing Manager, Red Hat

View the full lineup of ApacheCon sessions.

Registration for ApacheCon is discounted to $499 through Oct. 3. Register Now! Or Apply for diversity and needs-based scholarships. Those interested in also attending Apache: Big Data can add on that event for an additional $399.