Cloud Native London April 2018 Roundup

Cloud Native London meetup was back on a dry and pleasant April evening with 219 interested DevOps engineers attending to hear from Contino, Aqua Security and Humio.

First up on the agenda was The Cloud Native Enterprise Journey, followed by a talk on container vulnerability scanning, and ending with a different approach to a Log Management database architecture.

Marcus Maxwell of Contino

Marcus Maxwell of Contino discussed “The Cloud Native Enterprise Journey – how the enterprises are moving to be more cloud native, what challenges they face, what common anti-patterns there are”. His main takeaways:

  • You need a solid foundation(a well architected public cloud), before you can embark on the cloud native journey.
  • Managed Kubernetes doesn’t mean you have a cloud native platform out of the box, there are still many things you need to take care of. Security, monitoring, storage and a CI/CD pipeline need to be taken into the account as well as the learning curve to use all these new tooling.
  • To ensure your cloud native journey is a success make sure to bring as many people with you as you can. Culture is crucial.

Liz Rice from Aqua

Following that, Liz Rice from Aqua asked “What’s so hard about container vulnerability scanning?” discussing these interesting takeaways:

  • An overview of how image scanners work
  • Why your choice of Linux distribution matters for vulnerability detection
  • Why different image scanners sometimes show different results for the same image

Martin Westergaard Lassen from Humio

Finally Martin Westergaard Lassen from Humio told us about “A different approach to a Log Management database architecture”. His takeaways were:

  • Live log management is vital for searching (especially with transactions spread across multiple systems), audits, security etc. but there are a number of challenges in harvesting massive amounts of log data, both in ensuring access to live updated logs and in being able to access and curate the data.
  • An explanation of the differences between a typical log management system and how Humio functions instead, and in discussing schemas versus ad hoc based searches, why Humio chose to go with no schemas.
  • The main goal of Humio was to always be able to receive data without choking, and to also be able to do some searches, especially live searches, with always-responsive dashboards.

Cloud Native London – May

The May meetup is actually on 30 April, so get that in your calendar now! We have some exciting speakers from OpsGenie, Redislabs and Real Kinetic.

Save the dates to your calendars now and register!

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Author: Cheryl Hung

Cheryl Hung is the Director of Ecosystem at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Cheryl codes, writes and speaks about storage, containers and infrastructure. Cheryl previously worked at StorageOS as product manager and as a Google Maps software engineer, with particular expertise in mapping and geolocation services, C++, Java and Python. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Masters in Computer Science and has worked in London and New York.

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