KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021: Sneak peek

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A KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021 pre-show roundup of Chronosphere activities and key conference themes, sessions, and keynotes.


Amanda Mitchell Director of Content Marketing
Amanda Mitchell | Director of Content Marketing | Chronosphere

For those attending KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021 in person, this is likely your first time in nearly two years doing anything of this magnitude on-site. But with health and safety requirements for in-person attendance clearly stated (i.e. mandatory vaccines and masks), and with pre-show activities in full swing, heading to KubeCon October 11-15 honestly feels kind of somewhat normalish.

Meanwhile, for those approximately 15,000 virtual attendees, online events are pretty polished by now. You won’t be able to physically swag-search KubeCon booths like the old days, but you’ll be able to learn the latest about cloud native technology from the comfort of your home office. Following the model from last May’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2021, online attendees will be able to use the web-based event platform, MeetingPlay, for 24-hour access to virtual experiences such as:

  • Sessions with live speakers.
  • The ‘hallway track’ where you can collaborate via topic-based networking spaces with group and 1:1 chat with other participants.
  • Games lounge and virtual game night.
  • Zoom happy hours and an AMA (ask me anything) “coffee klatsch” led by CNCF General Manager, Priyanka Sharma.
  • Peer-group mentoring.

Packed with sessions

When the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) shared the final KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021 schedule back in August, it laid out a few fun facts about what to expect:

  • There will be over 230 sessions, including keynotes and breakouts.
  • There will be over 70 presentations hosted by project maintainers.
  • A program committee of 104 experts and 30 track chairs reviewed 976 submissions under the leadership of three conference co-chairs: Splunk’s Constance Caramanolis, Cisco’s Stephen Augustus, and Twitter’s Jasmine James.
  • Discussions about CNCF’s hosted projects.
  • Several co-located events (we’re most excited about PromCon and FluentCon).

The anticipated KubeCon 21 buzz

Themes we are expecting to see this year run the gamut. Look out for activity around hot topics like:

Keynotes galore

Of course everyone loves conference keynotes, which kick off Wednesday Oct 13 at 9am and run in 15-minute increments. Opening remarks start with CNCF General Manager, Priyanka Sharma, and wrap up with remarks from the three conference co-chairs mentioned above.

You can find all things keynotes here. But of course there’s much more to peruse and schedule, given CNCF’s commitment to put on a conference that has content for everyone interested in cloud native technology, “from non-technical and end user case studies to advanced engineering deep dives.”

What is Chronosphere up to?

In addition to finding us at the Chronosphere booth – Startup Booth SU10 – you can attend our sessions at the main KubeCon event as well as co-located events, PromCon and FluentCon. Here’s a rundown of where to find Chronosphere.

Chronosphere at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 

Session: Stream vs. Batch: Leveraging M3 and Thanos for Real-Time Aggregation

Presenter: Chronosphere Developer Advocate, Gibbs Cullen

When: Thursday, 10/14 at 11 am PST

What you’ll learn: This talk will explore how two popular OSS projects – M3 and Thanos – have approached the problem of real-time aggregation. The audience will learn how stream and batch processing methodologies have been leveraged by the community to aggregate data in real time, and the tradeoffs of each approach.

Find additional details about the session here.


Session: Declarative and Imperative Kubernetes Operations with Temporal and M3

Presenters: Chronosphere’s Matt Schallert and Temporal’s Dominik Tornow

When: Friday, 10/15 at 3:25 pm PST

What you’ll learn: You will walk away with an accurate, actionable, and dependable understanding of Kubernetes Operators and Temporal Workflows. You’ll also learn about how to craft scalable and reliable operation automation for your Kubernetes applications and clusters.

Find additional details about the session here.


Session: EmpowerUs, sponsored by Chronosphere

Presenters: The New Stack Features Editor, Heather Joslyn, will be the moderator. The speaker panel includes Chronosphere Engineering Manager, Elenore Bastian; Arize CPO, Aparna Dhinakaran; Google Research Analyst, Sophia Vargas; and The New Stack Digital Marketing Manager, Colleen Coll.

When: Wednesday, 10/13 at 4:15 pm PST

What you’ll learn: Attendees who identify as women, non-binary individuals, and allies are invited to join this special event and program for an open discussion about challenge, leadership innovation, and empowerment.

Find additional details about the session here.


Chronosphere at PromCon North America 2021

Session: Keynote: Aggregating, Alerting and Graphing on Millions of Prometheus Timeseries

Presenter: Chronosphere CTO and Co-founder, Rob Skillington

When: Monday, October 11, at 1:25pm

Find additional details about the session here.


Session: Streaming Recording Rules for Prometheus, Thanos, and Cortex Using the M3 Coordinator

Presenters:  Chronosphere CTO and Co-founder, Rob Skillington and Chronosphere Developer Advocate, Gibbs Cullen

When: Monday, October 11, at 3:25pm

Find additional details about the session here.


FluentCon North America 2021

Session: Hands On Workshop: Getting Started With Fluent Bit and Metrics With M3DB

Presenters: Calyptia’s Anurag Gupta and Chronosphere’s Gibbs Cullen

When: Tuesday, October 12, at 10:15am

Find additional details about the session here.


Be sure to come visit us at the Chronosphere booth: Start-up Booth SU10

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