Plan to Fail - DR for K8s & Building a Bank

Los Angeles

Dec 11, 2019, 2:30 – 4:30 AM

In-person event

About this event

Hello Los Angeles Kubernauts!

Please join us next next week as we get together for one last round of Kubernetes goodness before 2019 ends.

Steven Wong is going to present “Plan to Fail - A Good Captain Doesn’t Sail Without Life Rafts”. This presentation will highlight the importance of having a disaster recovery plan. The three areas of focus are:

* Items that need to be backed up and why - some might surprise you!
* Why you need selective restore capability.
* Existing tooling that can simplify and automate a DR strategy.

For the second presentation Nicholas Robinson-Wall will talk about "Building a Bank Around Kubernetes." Monzo has built a bank from scratch that serves 3.5 million customers, with 99.87% of its software scheduled by Kubernetes. Nick will talk about how Monzo has done this, and how Kubernetes supports its 1500 constituent microservices. This will be a great opportunity to talk with a team that has experience dealing with the challenges of running Kubernetes securely and at scale.

SPONSORED: A big thank you to the great team at Replicated for hosting the group this month! We also appreciate the ongoing support from NetApp.

Are you a local member interested in presenting to the group? Please submit your talk here:

6:30 - 7:00 - Social / Refreshments
7:00 - 7:30 - Steve Wong, VMware
7:30 - 8:00 - Nicholas Robinson-Wall, Monzo
8:00 - 8:30 - Social / Wrap-up


Steve Wong has been active in the Kubernetes and Apache Mesos communities since 2015. He is a co-organizer of the IoT and Edge Working Group and a prospective co-chair of a proposed VMware User Group on the Kubernetes project. He is a past speaker at KubeCon, MesosCon, Open Source Summit, SCALE, and meetups in the Los Angeles area where he lives. Steve previously worked on backup, IoT, medical device and storage products. He has mentored a competitive high school robotics team for 7 years. Steve is employed as an Open Source Engineer working on the Kubernetes project by the Cloud Native Applications Business Unit of VMware.
Twitter: @cantbewong

Nick Robinson-Wall is a Backend Engineer at Monzo based in London, United Kingdom.
Twitter: @nickrw


Here is a comprehensive map of available parking spots: .

Once Blackwelder is full we suggest you find street parking on La Cienega Blvd. The La Cienega stop on the Metro Expo line is close to the venue.



Wednesday, December 11, 2019
2:30 AM – 4:30 AM UTC


  • Faisal Afzal


    Solutions Architect