Diving Deep into Cloud Native Challenges: Backstage, Carvel, and Beyond


Feb 21, 3:30 – 7:00 PM

In-person event

About this event

Join us in February 2024 for an exclusive Cloud Native Copenhagen meetup, where we'll explore two compelling talks shedding light on the intricacies of modern tech stacks and Kubernetes platforms.


16:30 Door open, finding seat, enjoying snacks and networking

17:00 Welcome by the Cloud Native Copenhagen

17: 05 Welcome by our host ZeroNorth

17:15 Talk 1: Why Backstage isn’t the answer to your problems

18:00 Break with food and drinks

18:45 Talk 2: Supercharge your Kubernetes Platform with Carvel

19:30 Break with snacks, networking

20:00 Thank you for today

TALK 1: “Why Backstage isn’t the answer to your problems" by Bjørn Hald Sørensen, Head of Tech at Lunar

Everyone is talking about Platform Engineering, Internal Developer Portals, and the Backstage project created by Spotify. It seems to solve everyone’s problems and be a silver bullet to scaling a modern technology stack. But often a portal is not the solution you should spend time adopting. This talk will walk through a multitude of real-world scenarios where Backstage is not the answer. The purpose is to cut through the buzz and focus on the problems organizations face when scaling up or attempting to optimize their ways of working. We will conclude with a summary of the problems and briefly discuss what Backstage is good at solving and also take a look at how Lunar leverages Backstage to empower our engineers. It turns out that Backstage is a great tool for some very specific problems like understanding the software landscape or automating frequent tedious processes.

TALK 2: “Supercharge your Kubernetes Platform with Carvel” by Thomas Vitale, Software Engineer & Architect at Systematic

Working with Kubernetes and building a secure platform on top of it is challenging. First, you’ll need a way to group Kubernetes resources and apply changes predictably. Are you sure you approved all the changes reconciled by Kubernetes? I’ll demonstrate how that’s often not true. Your apps will require a different configuration across environments. Wouldn’t it be great to have a way to use both templating and overlays that is also maintainable and YAML-native? What about air-gapped environments? You’ll need to distribute and relocate manifests and OCI artifacts safely. And when building an internal platform, you’ll need to package all the different capabilities in an efficient and composable API, supporting GitOps and providing extensibility. This session will present a modular strategy with Carvel to solve those issues and help you improve your cloud native strategy on Kubernetes.


  • Bjørn Hald Sørensen


    Head of Tech

  • Thomas Vitale


    Software Engineer & Architect



Wednesday, February 21, 2024
3:30 PM – 7:00 PM UTC


  • Jinhong Brejnholt

    Saxo Bank

    Chief Cloud Architect

  • Robert Jensen


    Lead Solution Engineer - Tanzu

  • Mathias Lorenz


    Software/DevOps Engineer

  • Peter Zander Havgaard


    Software/DevOps Engineer