Cloud Native + Kubernetes Manchester, February 2020


Feb 5, 2020, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

In-person event

About this event

We're back again in February for another meet-up. This one is made possible by xMatters and D2iQ.

6:30pm - Food and drink, sponsored by xMatters and D2iQ
6:55pm - Welcome
7:00pm - When SRE’s/Devs/Engineers Inadvertently Become Incident Managers (Nathan Talbot, xMatters)
7:45pm - Break
8:00pm - Introducing KUDO - Kubernetes Operators made easy (Nick Jones, D2iQ)
8:45pm - Wrap up, pub

· When SRE’s/Devs/Engineers Inadvertently Become Incident Managers (Nathan Talbot, xMatters)
In any organisation that is undergoing (or has undergone) a Digital Transformation, the days of dedicated IT teams managing racks and racks of servers for developers to build on are numbered. As a result, Developers and Engineers are now tasked not only with building applications, but running them too. As a result, when things go wrong, their responsibilities stretch way beyond simply ‘fixing the problem’. This talk will walk through how Major Incident Managers of yester-year are now really SRE’s in disguise and how not fully recognising this might be impacting your service restoration and availability.

Nathan Talbot is a Senior Solution Engineer at xMatters. He’s spent the last 10 years working for SaaS vendors optimising anything from retail schedules to IT workflows.

· Introducing KUDO - Kubernetes Operators made easy (Nick Jones, D2iQ)
Kubernetes Operators are the next phase of the journey towards automating complex applications in containers. Many Operators that exist today handle initial deployment, but they don't provide automation for tasks like binary upgrades, configuration updates, and failure recovery. Implementing a production-grade controller for a complex workload typically requires thousands of lines of code and many months of development. As a result, the quality of operators that are available today varies. The goal of KUDO is to help solve some of these problems by providing a comprehensive toolkit for building Kubernetes operators declaratively using YAML, with a focus on distributed stateful applications. In this talk I'll introduce the KUDO project, and demo a couple of KUDO Operators.

I'm an experienced engineer with a career spanning nearly two decades across a wide variety of industries and sectors. I'm particularly passionate about new technologies and methodologies, especially those in relation to Open Source, virtualisation, orchestration, automation, and all forms of cloud computing. Simultaneously romantic about the old with a penchant for decrepit Sun and SGI kit. Likes Emacs and vi.



Wednesday, February 5, 2020
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM UTC


  • Matt Jarvis


    Lead Organizer

  • Nick Jones


    Head of Engineering

  • Danny Abukalam



  • Tom Riley


  • Jenny Nilsen