Optimizing and Visualizing Kubernetes

Kubernetes Austin

Feb 16, 12:00 – 2:00 AM

In-person event

About this event

Looking forward to seeing you on February 15th! Let's talk about Karpenter & Kubernetes cost optimization and look at a visualization tool for Kubernetes! As usual, we'll have food and drinks! 

Special guest Lucas Duarte, a Senior Specialist SA at AWS, and Rafa Brito, Staff Engineer at StormForge

Lucas is a Sr. Containers Specialist SA at AWS, dedicated to supporting ISV customers in AMER through AWS Container services. Beyond his Solutions Architect role, Lucas brings extensive hands-on experience in Kubernetes and DevOps leadership. He's been a key contributor to multiple companies in Brazil, driving DevOps excellence.

Rafa has over 30 years of industry experience, primarily designing and building systems involving distributed computing, Kubernetes, Cloud, grid/HPC, and high-frequency trading infrastructure (HFT). Rafa is a Staff Engineer at StormForge, obsessed with providing Kubernetes optimization and scalability to customers. Before StormForge, Rafa was at VMware as an inventor of a Kubernetes migrator to move workloads across different Kubernetes distributions. Before VMware, Rafa worked at multiple financial organizations, Citigroup being the last, where he was the Global Engineer Lead in Containers and Grid computing. When not working with Kubernetes, you will find Rafa running the Ladybird Trail in Austin, TX.

Getting to the Event

We are on the 8th floor of the Omi Hotel, in a room named "Captain America". Capital Factory can not validate parking. Street parking will be the cheapest option, but you may park at the Omni for $3.25 per 20 minutes. More information on parking here: https://www.capitalfactory.com/parking/

Speakers & Topics

Cost Optimization with Karpenter and StormForge - with Lucas Duarte and Rafa Brito

This session will discuss the differences between Cluster AutoScaling (CAS) and recently-donated-to-CNCF Karpenter. With a sample application, we will explain how we performed a bake-off between CAS and Karpenter. Finally, we will show the importance of Requests and Limits and the extra cost gains by fine-tuning Requests and Limits with StormForge SaaS optimized live.

VpK - Visually presented Kubernetes - with Dave Weilert

Presenting the open-source software solution VpK (Visually presented Kubernetes). The software provides visual representations of Kubernetes Cluster, Workloads, Network, Storage, Security, Owner Reference links, Events, Image repositories along with searching all defined resources in the K8s cluster. There is no user or manual creation of the graphics. All graphics are generated by VpK.



Friday, February 16, 2024
12:00 AM – 2:00 AM UTC


  • Chris Aniszczyk

    Linux Foundation (CNCF)


  • James Angel

    Kubernetes Austin

  • Chad Crowell


    Kubernetes SME

  • Rafael Brito


    Staff Engineer at StormForge

  • Mark Lavi

    Kasten.io by Veeam.com

    Principal, Cloud Native Product Management