Learning About Istio, Kubernetes and Container Runtime at Cloud Foundry Summit

By: | March 6, 2018

This is the third in a series from our Cloud Foundry community on why to attend Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston, April 18-20. Register here.

In a few months, we will be sending some folks to attend Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston. This will be The Home Depot’s first event as a Gold member with representation on the Board of Directors. It will also be a bit nostalgic for me as I lived in Boston in the mid-2000s. Following are the top three sessions that have me excited to be on-site:

1) Istio Platform vs Spring and MicroProfile Frameworks – Ozzy Osborne & Kate Stanley, IBM UK

I plan to dive into personal research on Istio in advance of Cloud Foundry Summit. I’m excited to see direct applications in the Cloud Foundry ecosystem. My hypothesis is that Istio can (a) greatly help in terms of understanding microservice coupling and dependencies on the platform, and (b) do so in a way that is friendly and frictionless to the software engineer experience. I’m hoping to get at least a modicum of external validation of this hypothesis. I’m also interested in learning about the other benefits Istio provides.

Also relevant: Enhancing the Routing Tier in CF: Istio and Envoy for Ingress Routing – Aaron Hurley, Pivotal

2) How Cloud Foundry Compares with Kubernetes for Deployment of Cloud Native Java Applications – Surya V Duggirala, IBM

Another piece of homework I have assigned myself is to dig into Kubernetes, specifically Kubernetes The Hard Way. We are aware of the concepts behind Cloud Foundry Container Runtime, and want to better understand when to use Container Runtime versus Application Runtime. We also want to understand the impact on application teams if we push them down the stack into managing containers or images.

Also relevant:

3) Growing Pains: Cloud Foundry at Scale at Garmin – Jonathan Regehr, Garmin International

This talk interests me directly as an end user of Cloud Foundry, as it pertains to responsibly scaling Cloud Foundry while minimizing impact to the software engineer experience. I’m curious to see the extent to which lessons learned and pain points match or differ compared to those we have experienced as we scale our foundations.

Bonus: I would be remiss if I did not give at least a shout out to our planned talk at Cloud Foundry User Day on Wednesday, April 18. I will be presenting with Madeline Goebels, an intern working out of the Home Depot innovation center at Georgia Tech. Madeline has led the charge in Home Depot’s foray into open source Cloud Foundry. We’ll talk about our initial strategy for ramping up along with successes and failures we’ve experienced along the way.

Learn more about Cloud Foundry User Day, tracks and session topics, and register for Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston this April 18-20.

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Dustin is a Software Engineer Senior Manager at The Home Depot responsible for enterprise application platforms and developer tools targeting a community of thousands of software engineers. Current efforts include building out platforms on hybrid cloud architecture, retirement of legacy applications and platforms, Jenkins, Sonar, and Github operation, as well as development of software supporting all of these initiatives. Dustin has served as a systems engineer, product manager, and software developer in the transportation and retail industries. Originally from Atlanta, he played football at MIT and moved back down south in search of a warmer climate.