From Containers to Kubernetes Operators

A presentation at CNCF Birmingham August 2020 Meetup in in Birmingham, AL, USA by Emanuil Tolev

Containers are the new ZIP format to distribute software” is a fitting description of today’s development world. However, it is not always that easy and this talk highlights the development of Elastic’s container strategy over time:

  • Docker images: A new distribution model.
  • Helm Chart: Going from demo to production.
  • Kubernetes Operator: Full control with upgrades, scaling,…

Besides the strategy we are also discussing specific technical details and hurdles that appeared during the development. Our context is a 600+ eng team delivering a stack of free tools for others to use but we think anyone can learn something from our mistakes. There will be a brief intro to Helm Charts and Kubernetes Operators if you have not encountered them in the wild yet!