Past Meetup

Kubemas '18

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London Kubernauts,

With outside temperatures slowly plummeting it's the perfect time to warm up by talking all things Kubernetes with ya fellow kuberfriends.

We've got some great speakers lined up for you before Santa ships X-mas pods to your houses.

Bu first, we'd like to thank our sponsor for the night CONFLUENT, who have kindly provided the venue, food and drinks for the night. Let's give them a first round of virtual applause \o/

We will kick the night off with a talk given by our sponsors. Petros Rizos, Lead SRE at Confluent, will talk about how Confluent run Kubernetes at scale across multiple cloud providers. We will discuss some of the patterns Confluent ended up using to scale up reliably and how Confluent ended up marrying Kafka and Kubernetes. But most importantly, Petros will finally teach us how to pronounce the [Greek] word Kubernetes properly!

We will follow up with a talk by Luke Marsden, CEO and founder of who will present his team's research comparing the evolution of Software Development & DevOps with that of Data Science & AI. Data Science & AI is where Software Development was in 1999: people are emailing and Slacking notebooks to each other, due to a lack of appropriate tooling. There are few CI/CD pipelines and model health monitoring is scarce. A lot that could be automated is manual. This causes problems both for productivity - it's hard to collaborate - and reproducibility, which impacts governance and compliance. Can Kubernetes help with this? No spoiler alerts, you must come and see!

We will finish the night with a talk by Daniel Bryant, Independent Technical Consultant and Product Architect at Datawire who will walk us through the super interesting Kubernetes-native Ambassador API Gateway. Getting traffic into a cluster is one of the first tasks most of us undertake after spinning K8s, but this seemingly simple task can often appear daunting -- both in terms of ingress options and implementation of the chosen solution. Daniel will take us on a tour of Ambassador, the Kubernetes native API gateway, the motivations for building it, reasons the Datawire team built it upon the Envoy Proxy, and and a quick tour of an example deployment.

Infused with all the newly gained knowledge and heaps of new friends we will move on to one of the ever so crowded pubs nearby and reinforce both with some pre-Xmas beverage.

That's all from us folks for now, we are looking forward to seeing you all at the next Meetup.

Until then stay awesome,

Your Organizers.

18:30 - 19:00 Food, drinks and socialising
19:00 - 19:10 Welcome by organisers
19:10 - 19:30 Petros Rizos, Kubernetes at scale at Confluent
19:40 - 20:00 Luke Marsden, Software delivery: DevOps, AI and K8s
20:00 - 20:20 Daniel Bryant, Exploring the Kubernetes-native Ambassador API Gateway

20:30 Pub

Abstract and speaker Bios:

Petros Rizos
Lead SRE at Confluent. Petros has been doing with infrastructure as code in *Nix environments for as long as he remembers. His main focus is running distributed systems at scale. In his free time he builds microfarms to grow plants at home.

Luke Marsden
Luke is the CEO and founder of, a collaboration platform for data-driven organizations. Luke has been involved in our community for a long time, both as founder of ClusterHQ and later on as a head of Devrel at Weave.

Daniel Bryant
Daniel works as an Independent Technical Consultant and Product Architect at Datawire. He currently specialises in enabling continuous delivery within organisations through the identification of value streams, creation of build pipelines, and implementation of effective testing strategies. Daniel’s technical expertise focuses on ‘DevOps’ tooling, cloud/container platforms, and microservices. He is also a Java Champion, contributes to several open source projects, writes for InfoQ, O’Reilly, and Voxxed, and regularly presents at international conferences such as OSCON, QCon and JavaOne.