Some key takeaways from the working session at OpenDev.

Often the best path to working with two vanguard technologies is unclear. That’s why OpenDev, a recent two-day event sponsored by the Ericsson, Intel and the OpenStack Foundation, dedicated a session to folks navigating Kubernetes and edge computing.  Both technologies appear to be here to stay. “Containers are what the developers are using,” said Jeremy Huylebroeck of Orange Silicon Valley. “It’s way more convenient for them to actually publish their code and try things faster.”

OpenDev was devised as more of a workshop than a traditional conference, you can also check the event schedule for Etherpads from the individual sessions.

Moderated by Walmart’s Andrew Mitry, participants ranged from telecoms to large technology multinationals. The 54-minute working session touches on the following topics:

  • Deploying and Deployment models
  • Infrastructure management at the edge
  • Edge evangelism/best practices
    “How do we convince vendors that converting to containers is a good idea?” asked Verizon’s Beth Cohen, adding that her company is working with a number of application security vendors who have VMs but none are containerized.
  • Bare metal
  • Robustness of applications under Kubernetes at the edge
  • Supporting stateful workloads in Kubernetes
    “Let me paint a picture of the challenge we see,” said Mitry. “Right now the Kubernetes community recommends that you run your stateful workloads outside Kubernetes.” That means your database, for example, might be running on a VM or a managed service outside Kubernetes. “That’s the prevailing advice. But if we’re talking about relatively small edge platform, I don’t want to be running multiple types and flavors of infrastructure because one is better supported than the other, I’d like to standarize on one.”

You can check out the session’s Etherpad or catch the entire session on video here or below.


Stay tuned to Superuser for more on edge computing and Kubernetes.

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