Config Management Camp 2023 Ghent

Building Your Platform Product on Multi-Cluster Kubernetes
2023-02-07, 17:35–18:25, D Aud

Multi-cluster topologies are a key part of Kubernetes: organisations gain many benefits using multiple clusters, such as increased scale, bespoke APIs, blast radius reduction and more. However, multi-cluster deployments also increase complexity.

This talk will examine how we can use open-source technologies to create a platform from multiple Kubernetes clusters and manage this complexity. We will explore creating a bespoke API tailored to the needs of your organisation, and mapping this high-level API to low-level resources across clusters. We will also cover how to avoid the trap of treating many clusters like one cluster, and how to leverage the benefits of multiple clusters. The talk will include a demo of Kratix, an open-source framework for delivering Platform-as-a-product.

Colin is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Syntasso and was formerly Chief Technologist for Tanzu R&D at VMware. Prior to his role at VMware, Colin was CTO for Cloud at Pivotal and Co-Founder and CEO of CloudCredo. Colin is passionate about Platform as a Product, Infrastructure as Code, Continuous Delivery, DevOps, and Agile Testing. Colin has spent the last 20 years sitting on the fence between development and operations, delivering solutions for eBay, Volkswagen, Paypal, Cineworld, and others.

Winna is a Principal Engineer at Syntasso delivering Kratix, an open-source framework for building internal platforms on Kubernetes. She’s using what she learned about how teams work from her years of teaching extreme programming and pairing with customer application development teams at places like Fortnum & Mason, BMW, Allianz, Sainsbury’s, and others. She’s using what she learned about how platforms work from her years as an engineer and in engineering leadership with CloudFoundry. And before all of that, she came to tech via design and user research. She’s happy that she can wear all the different hats her experience has given her to help build a first-class tool that enables platform teams to deliver high value and enjoy their work in the process.

Outside of work, Winna mostly tries to keep up with her two young girls whilst maintaining her sanity.