Running Kubernetes in Kubernetes

Cloud Native Berlin

Feb 21, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 PM

In-person event

About this event

We've got another great Cloud Native Computing Berlin meetup event on the horizon.

We're happy to welcome Timo Derstappen from Giant Swarm (@giantswarm) to talk about running Kubernetes in Kubernetes.

This meetup is hosted by and at Kinvolk (@kinvolkio)



[18:30- 19:00] Arrive and mingle

[19:00 - 19:50] Running Kubernetes in Kubernetes - Timo Derstappen, co-founder and CTO of Giant Swarm

[19:50 - 21:00] Mingle time

Schedule subject to change


Talk details:

"Running Kubernetes in Kubernetes": At Giant Swarm our users want fully-managed Kubernetes clusters without any limitations (incl. privileged access to the nodes). We deploy and manage these clusters either in our data center, in the preferred cloud of the customer, or even on-premise. Both for ourselves as well as for enterprise customers we need full isolation between clusters and a easy way to manage and update clusters without downtime.

In this talk we explain how we use a “mother” Kubernetes to deploy and manage fully-isolated and encrypted Kubernetes clusters for different customers or teams - aka Kubeception. Our model treats (inner) Kubernetes clusters as a third party resource and manages them with a custom controller. This way we have an automated way of provisioning and managing clusters without additional tooling or complex monitoring setups. Further, through our API, we are to be able to spin clusters up and down on demand, scale them, update them, keep track of which clusters are available, and be able to assign them to organizations and teams flexibly.


Speaker Bios:

Timo Derstappen (@teemow</a>) is co-founder and CTO of <a href="">Giant Swarm in Cologne. He has many years of experience in building scalable and automated cloud architectures. He likes his minimal Linux desktop setup, puts nearly everything into containers, and thinks Minecraft is a gateway drug. 


Snacks & drinks will be provided



Tuesday, February 21, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM UTC


  • Aleksandra Nadolski



  • Benazir Khan


    Event and Community Coordinator