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Friday, October 15 • 4:30pm - 5:05pm
We're Marketers. If we can Learn Distributed Systems + K8s, so can you! - Betty Junod, VMware & Paul Burt, HashiCorp

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Why is Kubernetes designed the way it is? Distributed systems are hard. That's the short and unsatisfying answer. The long answer is that like quantum mechanics, it's something that tends to make most of us uncomfortable. This talk is an introduction, and a way to build intuition about what makes a system like Kubernetes "correct." We'll do so by contrasting Kubernetes's design choices against other modern systems. We'll look at the implementation details of Docker Swarm, HashiCorp Nomad, K3s, and a "batteries included" Kubernetes distro like VMware Tanzu. In doing so, we'll discuss a number of distSys concepts. We'll learn about CAP theorem, Gossip protocols, High Availability (HA), and the RAFT consensus algorithm. Finally, we'll look at real world cases. Why do so many tools rely on Etcd's RAFT? What caused Target's 2019 cascading failure? Attendees will walk away with a better idea of the problems confronting distSys, and an intuition of what "correct" looks like.

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Paul Burt

Senior Audience Marketing Manager, HashiCorp
Paul Burt is a Senior PMM at HashiCorp. He previously worked at CoreOS and Red Hat. He also moderated /r/kubernetes and co-organized the NYC K8s group. Paul has a knack for and demystifying infrastructure, and making gnarly, complex topics approachable. He enjoys home brewing beer... Read More →
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Betty Junod

Senior Director of Multi-Cloud Solutions, VMware
Betty Junod is the Senior Director of Multi-Cloud Solutions at VMware helping organizations along their journey to cloud. This is Betty’s second time at VMware, having previously led product marketing for End User Computing. In between, she held marketing leadership roles at Docker... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 4:30pm - 5:05pm PDT
Petree Hall C + Online
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