The second keynote of the day was by VMWare talking about their contributions to the CNCF with a new project Carvel. A story about how their platform teams were having troubles with complex deployments and all that comes with that. They feel that the only way to successfully automate Kubernetes deployments was to use GitOps and featured their usage of various CNCF projects to achieve this.
This was followed by recorded updates from the graduated CNCF projects. These were short five minute blurbs on their progress over the last year. This was closed out with a surprise visit by a Ukrainian CNCF member who thanked the community for their continued support.
Next up, a story about fostering Kubernetes community growth through learning by Le Tran from Kasten by Veeam. A story about building bridges for everyone to cross into the Kubernetes world. She toured some of the sites, communities, and people that put efforts into providing quality tooling, content, and learning paths for personal growth in the cloud native world. She announced an open commitment made by introducing KubeCampus.io, check it out!
Ayse Kaya from Slim.AI shared a research project where they dissected the top 100 most used container images in the cloud native ecosystem. She is a data scientist who scanned over 900k container images and shared what they found. Data points like 60% of public containers have more security vulnerabilities than one year ago, while 70% of users demand zero vulnerabilities. The story was basically that:
- Kubernetes is complex and hard
- Developers are challenged to create security images
- All is not lost, as the use of containers and Kubernetes is still growing
- And the focus on supply chain security in image building processes has become commonplace in many organizations
As you can see, the cloud native ecosystem is vibrant, alive, maintained, and becoming even more central to all manner of commercial organizations around the world. The user growth of the CNCF project shows recognized potential; from +3.9M in 2020, to +5.3M in 2021, and at +7M this year. Cloud native is real and the future is bright.