Future of Cloud-Native Computing

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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OPEN TALK: Relational Databases: Don't Call It a Comeback!
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Rob Hedgpeth
Rob Hedgpeth
MariaDB, Director, Developer Relations

The data revolution is upon us, and, well, has been for several years. It comes as no surprise that as application technology has evolved to keep up with the ever increasing expectations of users, the data platforms and solutions have had to as well. A decade or so ago we thought all our problems had been solved with a new player in the game, NoSQL. But, spoiler alert, they weren't.

In this session we're going to dive into a brief history of data. We'll examine its humble beginnings, where we stand today, and how modern relational databases will shape the cloud landscape going forward. Throughout the journey you'll gain an understanding of how SQL and relational databases have adapted to pave the road for a truly bright future.

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OPEN TALK: Unlock Cassandra Data for Application Developers Using GraphQL and REST APIs with Stargate.IO
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Cedrick Lunven
Cedrick Lunven
DataStax, Director of Developer Advocacy

Cassandra is an incredibly powerful, scalable and distributed open source database system. Companies with extremely high traffic use it to provide their users with consistent uptime, blazing speed, and a solid framework. However, many developers find Cassandra to be challenging because the configuration can be complex and learning a new query language (CQL) is something they just don't have time to do. Stargate is an OSS multi-model API Data Layer for cloud native databases which sits on top of Cassandra and provides HTTP interfaces to your data - it provides a REST API, a GraphQL API, and a document-oriented Schemaless API. You can install it on top of your own Cassandra instance and participate in the community. During this presentation we will demonstrate and share the purpose, capabilities and internals of Stargate. We also give a working sample as a docker-ready configuration file.


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OPEN TALK: What Exactly IS Serverless, Anyway?
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Rain Leander
Rain Leander
Cockroach Labs, AppDev Technical Evangelist

You’ve heard of Serverless but you really aren’t sure what it is about. Isn’t serverless just another word for cloud computing? Isn’t it just “Other People’s Computers”? Or is it the most efficient way to develop applications, letting the developer focus on their own priorities instead of anything to do with the administration of a server? Cloud providers would have you believe it means letting them take care of the platform side. But the idea of Serverless extends beyond the platform to encompass everything from microservices to databases, from development to operation, from storage capacity to the network. This talk is geared towards those curious about this new Serverless technology and what opportunities arise by embracing the latest movement.

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Ready for Cloud Native 2.0? 3 DevOps Strategies for the Next Era in Cloud Native
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Bruno Andrade
Bruno Andrade
Shipa.io, CEO

After the rush to take advantage of cloud native application development and tools like Kubernetes, DevOps teams now have a lot more to think about. In many cases, DevOps adopted early continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipeline tools such as Jenkins, and are now attempting to apply them in cloud native scenarios where they aren’t the appropriate fit they once were. Cloud native pulls the developer down to infrastructure-related operations, and the current CD tools cannot help bring back the application-level context that developers once had before moving to a microservices architecture – hence, adding more complexity to the development workflow and observability of applications post-deployment. DevOps teams also face new challenges in application policy management, especially so in closely regulated industries, as they adapt their processes to establish trust and security in cloud native environments. At the same time, DevOps needs to reevaluate approaches to automation and strategies for eliminating human error, as cloud and Kubernetes deployments have ushered in a return of very manual and tedious efforts.

This session digs into details around three cloud native 2.0 strategies that DevOps teams ought to consider sooner than later to stay on top of a fast-changing ecosystem: 1) how to build CI/CD pipelines with greater interoperability and composability, 2) how and why to harness application policy management, and 3) how to balance automation and audits

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OPEN TALK: Putting the Five Pillars of the AWS into Practice
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Mike Watson
Mike Watson
Excellarate, SVP Engineering
Hamdy Eed
Hamdy Eed
AWS, Sr. Solution Architect

In today’s fast-paced business and technology environments, an organization should never find itself boxed in by limited options for adapting to changing requirements or improving its workload strategy.

The Five Pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework—Operational Excellence, Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, and Cost Optimization—provide a way to consistently measure operations and architectures, identify areas for improvement, and respond to evolving requirements or external issues. The goal of the framework is to help architects learn the process of making informed, value-add decisions that reflect the organization’s priorities.

In this Q&A session, Excellarate’s Mike Watson hosts Hamdy Eed, an AWS Senior Solution Architect, for a lively discussion about putting the pillars into practice. They’ll explore how to navigate tradeoffs, a crucial function of the framework in guiding organizations through the process of shifting focus and priority among the pillars as needed. And Mike will ask Hamdy to talk about the latest tools and innovations available in the market to augment the implementation of each pillar.

Walk away with a better understanding of how the AWS Well-Architected Framework will help you learn how to:

~Design and implement scalable architectures that align with AWS best practices.
~Effectively utilize computing resources to maintain efficiency when system requirements change or technologies evolve
~Expand options with a structure that weighs priorities and adds business context when evaluating the trade-offs of each decision

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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OPEN TALK: Cloud-Native Pipelines: Secure Software Delivery, Made Simple
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Andrew Speed
Andrew Speed
Cloudsmith, Staff Software Engineer

In 2021, your entire tech stack is likely in the Cloud - so why aren’t your software packages?

Whether you’re currently on-premise, have your own in-house solution or have a bit of a hybrid set up, join us in this session to explore why the future is cloud-native, what the benefits of this are over cloud-hosted, and how to easily set up a secure, cloud-native software pipeline in 60 seconds.

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From Developer to Cloud Architect
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Lorenzo Barbieri
Lorenzo Barbieri
Microsoft, Cloud Solution Architect

I've seen so many developers failing when they tried to think new apps for the cloud or when they needed to move an existing app over there. In this (short) session we'll talk about some (mostly non-technical) topics to consider to think like a Cloud Architect.

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When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Platform!
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Sidney Shek
Sidney Shek
Atlassian, Architect, Core Architecture Team

As engineers, once we start having more than one (micro)service or product in our architecture, we think about sharing code, functionality and having seamless user experiences between systems; that’s the start of a platform! But we have so many decisions to make:
* What features are part of the platform, and when?
* Do I go lightweight with drop-in libraries that are quick to adopt or heavyweight like frameworks for a better developer (and user) experience?
* How do I make my platform extensible and maintainable?
* How can I address the classic hockey-stick adoption pattern on your services?
* How does Conway's Law apply to the platform?

In this talk we describe a number of patterns (and anti-patterns) for designing a platform we’ve seen and implemented both from industry and as part of the platform powering Atlassian Cloud.