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At this month's Ops Matters, we're excited to be joined by Gareth Rushgrove who will be discussing Cloud Native Application Bundles and how to better-manage distributed applications.

CNAB: packaging for distributed applications with multiple toolchains

When you're managing distributed applications you're probably using a variety of tools that serve specific purposes. Terraform, Helm, Compose, CloudFormation, Pulumi, ARM templates, etc. No one tool solves all your needs. And new tools come along regularly. But all these tools tend to invent their own packaging.

In this talk Gareth will introduce the Cloud Native Application Bundles (CNAB) specification, and some associated tooling. CNAB embraces the multi-tool world and allows for packaging up multiple formats and their accompanying toolchains into a single artefact.

Imagine a single installable package that contains Terraform code to launch an RDS instance and a Compose file or Helm charts describing the application that will use it. Today you might package and distribute those separately, with CNAB you can keep them together. That means you can share metadata, cryptographically sign a single artefact, push all aspects of the application to a central registry and more.

In this talk you'll learn about CNAB, discuss some of the problems it solves, and see demos of the accompanying tooling.


About the Speaker:
Gareth Rushgrove

Gareth Rushgrove is a product manager at Docker. He works remotely from Cambridge, UK, helping to build interesting tools for people to better manage infrastructure and applications. Previously, he worked for the UK Government Digital Service focused on infrastructure, operations, and information security. When not working, he can be found curating the Devops Weekly newsletter or hacking on software in new-fangled programming languages.


Attendance is free for registered delegates, and you can register here:


WHAT: Ops Matters with Gareth Rushgrove: CNAB: packaging for distributed applications with multiple toolchains

WHEN: Wednesday 23rd January

WHERE: Skills Matter, CodeNode