DoK Talks #130 - Leaning on Kubernetes Portability to Manage Databases Anywhere

Data on Kubernetes

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 PM UTC

Virtual event

Robert Hodges - CEO, Altinity

About this event


What if databases only ran in a single place?

That would be useless. But it's what we get with most database-as-a-service offerings in the public cloud. Kubernetes has the potential to change the game and let users run complex database anywhere they want.

This talk tells the story of how we built a portable ClickHouse cloud service on Kubernetes. It runs on AWS and GCP, of course. Even better, we're working on managing databases in *any* Kubernetes cluster, even those behind firewalls and NAT gateways. We can pull it off because Kubernetes is truly portable.

We'll share what we've learned about using Kubernetes portability create a new breed of managed database. We'll speculate about what this portends for the future of database management.


Kubernetes is a great data platform even for complex, stateful systems like data warehouses. This talk shows how Kubernetes' portability is not just a convenience. It is a powerful tool that allows users to locate data anywhere it's convenient but still have a SaaS user experience for administrators.