Ask me anything cloud native storage

Cloud Native London March 2018 Roundup

The March 2018 Cloud Native London Meetup featured an ‘Ask Me Anything’ panel discussion on Cloud Native Storage followed by a talk on Zenko, a MultiCloud Data Controller, and an introduction to Kubernetes Networking.

Alex Chircop of StorageOS and Luis Pabón of Portworx sat down for a lively moderated discussion on cloud native storage

Alex Chircop of StorageOS (@chira001) and Luis Pabón of Portworx (@_lpabon_) sat down for a lively moderated discussion on cloud native storage, followed by a number of audience questions. Subjects discussed included:

  • Examples of where stateful services are needed, and gotchas that people might not have thought of when considering storage.
  • What CSI is and how it affects container and Kubernetes users.
  • Whether cloud native automatically implies distributed, and how to mitigate against network partitioning.
  • CSI – why node level rather than container level?
  • What is Rook, the newest CNCF project, and how it compares to StorageOS.
  • How StorageOS handles the issue of firelocking data.

Watch the Ask Me Anything on Cloud Native Storage recording.

Laure Vergeron from Scality

Laure Vergeron (@LaureVergeron) from Scality took the time to discuss Zenko, a MultiCloud Data Controller, explaining that:

  • Zenko empowers people who create value with data – Zenko aims at allowing enterprises and individual to set themselves free from vendor lock-in, while saving them the troubles of juggling multiple APIs; Zenko itself doesn’t lock you in: everything goes in the cloud(s) in native format, so you can read from any tool; finally, Zenko simulates a single namespace over all clouds, thus allowing the user to replicate and do metadata search seamlessly across all backends;
  • Zenko is open source: free to use, documented, and with an active community ready to support you! If you want to join zenkos, contribute support for a new backend, or add a microservice to its stack, get in touch on via its forum. Zenko also has an Enterprise Edition which can be stretched across sites, has a more resilient architecture, and lets you leverage the full power of AWS IAM across all clouds.
  • Zenko Orbit is a Multicloud Storage Management UI that makes it easier to use its multicloud data controller; Orbit is a Pay-as-you-go service, and the first terabyte of managed data is free, so you have enough time to decide whether it’s the right fit for you or not.

See Laure’s slides or watch the recording.

Bryan Boreham from Weaveworks

Finally Bryan Boreham (@bboreham) from Weaveworks gave an Introduction to Kubernetes Networking, with these takeaways:

  • Kubernetes uses DNS for service discovery: no special client code required.
  • You can’t ping a Kubernetes service, because its IP is virtual.
  • Choice of pod network will likely be governed by how you get on with the people that run your host network.

See his slides or watch the recording.

Cloud Native London – April

We’re back on 3 April with more inspiring talks by speakers from Contino, Aqua, and Humio. You won’t want to miss it! 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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