The Joint OpenStack Kubernetes Environment. Will it Blend?

Cloud Native Silicon Valley

Oct 20, 2016, 1:30 – 3:30 AM

In-person event

About this event

Topic: Will it Blend? The Joint OpenStack Kubernetes Environment 


6:30 – 7:00 Mingling and Networking (with food and bev)
7:00 – 8:30 Presentation and Q&A


OpenStack and Kubernetes. Will they blend? There's only one way to find out! Join experienced DevOps mix-master Rob Hirschfeld, and Director of Education John Starmer in this fun and informative exploration.

Since the OpenStack on Kubernetes keynote at the Summit in Austin, there have been many discussions about if and how to deliver a joint OpenStack Kubernetes environment (specifically, using Kubernetes as an underlay). We've even discussed it at this SF Bay OpenStack meetup several times over the past months!

In this presentation, we'll take a much deeper dive into the potential benefits and downsides of this configuration. Then, assuming it's a good idea (and why wouldn't it be?) we'll dive into the real architectural and operational work needed to implement a robust OpenStack cloud using Kubernetes. We'll discuss the pros and cons of including the Nova compute nodes in K8s management. And finally, we'll outline upstream work that's needed to turn OpenStack into a cloud native application.

Are you ready to learn more about Kubernetes and how to make OpenStack more cloud native? Well then come and join the fun! :)


Rob Hirschfeld is the Founder and CEO of RackN, and has been involved in OpenStack since the earliest days, with a focus on ops and building the infrastructure that powers cloud and storage. He's also co-Chair of the Kubernetes Cluster Ops SIG and a four term OpenStack board member. The RackN team has deep knowledge of Kubernetes (deploying it on clouds and metal), OpenStack (created the Crowbar project), and cloud native architecture (migrated Digital Rebar to be micro-services). Rob has deep ops knowledge of both platforms AND experience with cloud native migrations. He's also a regular speaker at OpenStack Summits about items including SDN, interop and running Kubernetes. @zehicle

John Starmer is the Director of Education at Kumulus Technologies. With a diverse background in government, academia and private business, John brings over 22 years of educational and training experience to bear building courses that best provide effective learning and measurable learning outcomes. While working on his PhD and teaching undergraduate students, John became interested in how to improve his students’ learning experience and knowledge retention. The desire to provide a learning experience that is engaging, measurable and provides long-term knowledge retention is what drives John’s current goals for the learning systems at Kumulus Tech. When not tweaking out their training program, John continues to pursue his interest in invertebrate biology, with a particular favoritism towards echinoderms. 

Twitter handle that you should ALL be following: <a href="">@SFBayOpenStack

A BIG thank you to tonight's co-sponsor CodeFresh! @codefresh



Thursday, October 20, 2016
1:30 AM – 3:30 AM UTC


  • Lisa-Marie Namphy

    Director, Developer Relations

  • John Starmer

    Kumulus Technologies

    Lead Organizer