Chronosphere’s guide to Level Up KubeCon+ CloudNativeCon 2022 

Eric D Schabell
on September 29th 2022

In three short weeks, the Chronosphere team will be touching down in Detroit and heading over to the Huntington Place Convention Center to grab KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022 badges and to get a lay of the land. Detroit is historically thought of as being home to the “Big Three” automakers and as a city in unfortunate decline since the industrial glory days. But! Less well known is that Motor City (aka Motown) is going through a period of revival and recently made #9 on the New York Times list of the 52 best places to go! There’s a lot to check out in Detroit whether you’re a foodie, a music lover, or someone who wants to explore miles of the city’s transformed industrial riverfront … or someone who wants to dig in on the latest in open source tech. 

Kudos to KubeCon event planners for ignoring the temptations of glitzy venues and choosing an off-the-beaten-path location. Now, let’s talk about what there is to do and see inside the conference center walls the week of October 24th, 2022.

Will there be themes?

With so many sessions dedicated to the topic of Kubernetes—a quick scan of the schedule pops up “Kubernetes” 70+ times—we can expect a lot of formal and informal discussions around this topic. Not surprising considering a recent survey from the CNCF concluded Kubernetes has already gone mainstream, with 96% of organizations either using or evaluating Kubernetes and about 60% using it in actual practice for a container orchestration platform.

Other highly anticipated topics to look for: Open Telemetry, Prometheus, distributed tracing, and, of course, cloud native observability (🖐️).

Packed with sessions and keynotes

So, what can we expect in the schedule for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022? Lots! This week consists of co-located events on Monday and Tuesday (Oct 24-25), followed by the main conference from Wednesday through Friday (Oct 26-28). As a hybrid event, there will be in-person and online content for those that want to attend virtually. Here are some things to look out for:

As of this posting, some of KubeCon’s keynote topics and speakers are still taking shape. What we do know is there will be daily keynotes starting at 9am, with several speakers cycling through. For example, Wednesday’s keynote kicks off with opening remarks from CNCF Executive Director Priyanka Sharma who will be followed by remarks from Shatarupa Nandi (VMware), Ricardo Rocha (Computing Engineer at CERN) and Emily Fox (Security Engineer at Apple), and Frederick Kautz (Cloud Native Infra and Security Enterprise Architect). 

To dig into the specifics of the keynote sessions and speakers, and to set your schedule for all of the events, you can check out the list here.

Connect with Chronosphere during KubeCon 

Have I mentioned we are super excited to be on the ground at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022 in-person? If you are attending in person, we look forward to seeing you there. If not, our sessions and keynotes will be available online. Here’s a snapshot of what we are doing.

Open Observability Day

Distributed Tracing – The Struggle is Real
When: Monday, October 24 | 9:30 AM
Where: Register here

In this keynote, Ian Smith, Chronosphere Field CTO, will explore where organizations are getting stuck with distributed tracing and how they can overcome these obstacles. To drive broader adoption of distributed tracing, a new approach is needed.

Prometheus Day

Reality check: Is it time to raise your metrics game?
When: Tuesday, October 25 | 9:15 AM
Where: Register here

In this keynote, Chronosphere co-founder and CEO, Martin Mao, and former observability engineering leader at Uber, and Yash Kumaraswamy, Senior Staff Engineer at Robinhood and observability tech lead, share major takeaways from their past experience and lessons learned. 

Prometheus documentary debut
When: Tuesday, October 25 | 9:45 AM
Where: Add it to your schedule here

Here’s something a little different—make room in your schedule Tuesday morning to watch the premiere of, Inside Prometheus: An Open Source System That Changed Technology. In this new documentary film about the origins of Prometheus you’ll hear from pioneers, engineers, and executives from the Prometheus community, including Chronosphere CTO, Rob Skillington. In the meantime, you can catch the trailer here:

Centralized vs. Decentralized Prometheus Scraping Architecture with DoorDash

When: Tuesday, October 25 | 2:20 PM
Where: Register here

In this session, Rabun Kosar from DoorDash and Ales Koprivnikar from Chronosphere will talk about how DoorDash handles its Prometheus architecture at scale.

The main event: KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022

For the main conference, Chronosphere has a packed schedule of sessions and fun plans. It’s broken down here to make it easy to see what Chronosphere is up to and to add events to your agenda. You can find us in the Solutions Showcase, Booth #G15.

Sessions and solutions

There will be two sessions presented by Chronosphere together with our customers and partners. 

Multi-Cluster Stateful Set Migration: A Solution To Upgrade Pain

When: Wednesday, October 26 | 11:55 AM
Where: Register here

Peter Schuurman from Google and Matt Schallert from Chronosphere will demonstrate the complex patterns developed at Chronosphere to safely migrate stateful workloads to coordinate maintenance operations for thousands of pods across multiple zones and regions. They will then discuss a new enhancement to Kubernetes called StatefulSet Partition which is integrated into a multi-cluster deployment like Chronosphere’s and how this can dramatically simplify their operations to focus on core business logic.

DoorDash’s Journey From StatsD To Prometheus With 10 Million Metrics/Second

When: Friday, October 28 | 11:00 AM
Where: Register here

Emma Wang from DoorDash and Ben Raskin from Chronosphere will talk about best practices around migrating to Prometheus, and share lessons and challenges from DoorDash’s migration journey from StatsD to Prometheus.

Fun and games- Want to be an O11Y Legend? 

Are you planning to be onsite at KubeCon? Stop Booth #G15 in the 

Solutions Showcase where you can check out all the fun we have in store for you: Games, demos, swag, Oh My! Everyone’s a winner with Chronosphere. 

  • Are you an apprentice, expert, wizard, or O11y legend? Grab a “Level Up” pin to put on your lanyard to boast your expertise at the conference. 
  • Take a demo and get one of these cool shirts that say: “Without Observability it’s just code” or “With great Observability comes great power.” 
  •  Everyone can walk away with cool Chronosphere swag- stickers, socks, and pins.

Take a chance! Enter our 4:30 pm daily drawing for a chance to win an Atari 2600 Lego Set. And while you’re at it, enter to win the grand prize drawing—a $3000 Ultimate Gaming Setup. 

  • Come talk with our League of O11Y legends, get a personal demo, All you have to do is scan your badge and be entered to win. We will draw for the Ultimate Gaming Setup after the event. 
  • Attending KubeCon online? Stop by our virtual booth and sign up for a demo with one of our observability experts. You’ll automatically be entered to win the Ultimate Gaming Setup.

But wait there’s more….

Play! Who doesn’t love a challenge? You don’t need to wait for KubeCon to start; you can begin to level up your Observability NOW! Sign up to play the O11Y Legend Video Game. In this race to the clouds, players will collect containers and build ladders to be the first to reach the platform. Top three online players will win a $100 Steam gift card and ALL players will be entered to win a $50 Steam gift card.

Party! It’s good to be back in person so you won’t want to miss the big Level Up Cloud Native party on Wednesday at 8pm. Join Chronosphere, Calyptia, CloudZero, and DoiT for a celebration as we take over Barcade—the original arcade bar. The video game and pinball nostalgia will be on point, craft beers and cocktails will be flowing, and classic pub food a plenty…who doesn’t love a good tater tot?

In the meantime, brush up your old-school gaming skills to enjoy 70+ classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Street Fighter II, Pac-Man, and pinball. Unlimited tokens are yours while you’re partying with us. Game on!

Entry into Barcade will be first-come, first-served. Please register today to secure your spot on the list. Don’t forget your KubeCon badge—you must have it for entry.

When: Wednesday, October 26 | 8:00 – 10 PM
Where: Save your spot at Barcade

See y’all at the show!

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