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What to Expect From DockerCon 2019

Posted by Simon Red

DockerCon2019 is here, make sure you don’t miss out!

From April 29th – May 2nd at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA, this premier tech conference is all about containers, microservices, and the future of programming.

Hosted by Docker, DockerCon is about enabling you to learn the latest Docker ecosystem trends and network with like-minded IT professionals. Learn about Kubernetes, DevOps, and Observability from influential speakers, including Steve Singh and Jeremy Rickard. There are cutting-edge vendors, workshops, breakout sessions, and more, delivering hands-on experience!

This article is your guide to DockerCon 2019, giving you the context needed to get the most out of the event, level-up your skills, and have fun! Here are the six things to watch out for at DockerCon 2019.

Learn the Latest News on Containers

Containers are the future. DockerCon is about containers. If there is one thing you are going to get out of DockerCon, it is the latest news on containers.

As you know, containers enable applications, data, and even functions to be housed and held separately, taking VM abstraction down to a smaller, slimmer, and more functional level. Containers create building blocks that significantly improve a CI/CD approach to development and operations. They let programmers use the best language for any given job and allow applications to truly take advantage of the dynamic scaling capability of the cloud.

There are alternatives to Docker. Docker is just one tool to facilitate the process of deploying and running applications in containers. But, around 80% of containers in production today are built with Docker. That vast ecosystem and the fact that Docker is open source makes it continually attractive.

Whether you’re looking to implement a containerization strategy, sharpen your existing skills, or simply figure out what all the fuss about containers is really about, DockerCon is the place to be. There is no better place to sink your teeth into everything Docker — don’t miss out!

The Open Source Summit

DockerCon is back, and so is the Open Source Summit. Being open-source itself, Docker is a big proponent of the open-source mentality. The formally branded LinuxCon has partnered with DockerCon yet again. This event is a two-in-one opportunity.

On Thursday, May 2nd, the Open Source Summit agenda covers a range of sessions about open source systems, tools, and apps. Each session will end with a useful ‘birds-of-a-feather’ discussion to stimulate inventive ideas and collaboration with others.

Of particular note, there will be talks on security, how code enters containers in the supply chain, the process of authorizing and directing where parts of the code are allowed to run, and how you can stop container escapes through the use of runtime security. There will be talks focused on the Cloud-Native Application Bundle (CNAB), BuildKit, and Compose, a multi-use tool that can be utilized for development, testing, and staging environments for Docker applications that have several containers.

Kubernetes will also have a presence at the Open Source Summit. An open-source container support project started by Google in 2014, Kubernetes is designed to automate the management of large-scale container applications and has a rapidly growing ecosystem.

Kubernetes will have a presence across DockerCon, with a whole agenda dedicated to teaching people the latest tricks to maximize their container capabilities. There will be workshops, case studies and technical sessions that expand out of their presence at the Open Source Summit. You’ll have the opportunity to discover how Docker is compatible with Kubernetes and hear from real users. Then, turn that theory into practical application with training that lets you use the platform for yourself.

For the entire open source ecosystem, this is the place to be. The full list of talks for The Open Source Summit can be found here.

Grab Insights from Awesome Speakers

You are at DockerCon to learn things. No matter what your container-based interests might be, there will be speakers to deliver.

There are a staggering 113 speakers at DockerCon 2019, sharing their wisdom on all you need to know about containers. Not only will you be able to find a topic you want, but you will also likely be able to find it presented in a format that suits your level of expertise. Among the list of influential speakers are Docker’s CEO Steve Singh, Sharon Frazier, Brian Magnusson, Scott Johnston, Ian Coldwater, and Kal De.

Aside from the Open Source Summit talks, there is a range of tracks to choose from: Docker Tech Talks, Docker for Developers, Docker for IT Infrastructure and Ops, Case Studies, Black Belt, Ecosystem Track, workshops and more. Some talks will offer chances for discussion and a panel of guest speakers.

Here are a few speakers and talks about looking out for:

Porter: An Opinionated CNAB Authoring Experience – Jeremy Rickard, a Senior Software Engineer for Microsoft, will be providing useful information in the Open Source category on The Cloud-Native Application Bundle (CNAB). This specification was built to deal with the various components of deploying to the cloud. Rickard will discuss how a cloud-native package manager called Porter can help simplify your bundle authoring experience. This is a 40-minute breakout session perfect for beginners who are just starting to learn about Docker.

Container Security: Theory & Practice At Netflix – Michael Wardrop, the Senior Security Software Engineer for Netflix, will be sharing his story on how this fast-growing company came to use containers to improve the developer experience. The talk will touch upon security theory for container ecosystems and essential lessons to learn. This one-hour breakout session is part of the Black Belt track, which dives deep into the technicalities of containers and is suitable for intermediate or advanced level attendees already using Docker.

Crafty Requests: Deep Dive Into A Kubernetes CVE – Ian Coldwater works for DevSecOps as an Engineer and is committed to testing the waters with Kubernetes, cloud-native infrastructure and containers to better our understanding on how we can work with them to solve issues. This talk will revolve around explaining how clusters can be guarded even under the most severe threats to Kubernetes, the CVE-2018-1002105. It’s certainly not one to miss as there will be a live demonstration of hacking the CVE. It will be a 40-minute breakout session under the Black Belt category, directed towards intermediate and advanced Docker users.

You may also want to keep a lookout for ROSIE, the robot. This 3D printed machine is a unique real-life experience to see just how versatile and practical Docker containers can be when working with other software, a fantastic example of open-source artificial intelligence.

The Unveiling of New, Cloud-Native Observability Platforms

The scaling flexibility of containers and the granular microservice capability they deliver is perfect for the cloud. They have helped spearhead the category of ‘cloud-native’ applications, creating a host of opportunities for how applications are run and built.

However, these benefits are not without costs. Any programmer will be aware of security issues and manageability — two things that have been evermore addressed by purpose-built applications in recent years. The real black hole of containers, however, has remained to debug. More fundamentally, that issue revolves around observability, and the ability to execute quick, root cause error fixes in production.

The distributed nature of containers makes finding the root cause of software bugs and issues that much more difficult. It can become hard to even pin down the location of a fault, much less the real trigger and cause. The rapid and continuous deployment of DevOps, which containers were built to maximize, makes it critical to be able to resolve errors in production. Until now, there has been no practical solution to this problem, leaving Dev and Ops teams swimming in circles trying to fix the issues and maintain uptime.

Resolving this observability crisis in microservices and cloud-native, containerized applications has been the focus of several startups for years. These investments are starting to pay off, and we will see those results at DockerCon 2019.

A switch from traditional logging tools to instrumenting applications at compile-time, rather than using runtime agents that inject code into the app at load-time, has allowed for dramatic reductions in the performance impact of running true observability tools in production. These new observability platforms enable the use of record & replay debugging techniques to rapidly find and fix the root cause of software outages in distributed environments, both in production and in the test, helping to work out possible cyber-attack scenarios. These solutions even fit seamlessly within IDEs (integrated development environment).

Solving this issue will take the stage at DockerCon 2019, where you can find out more about how these new solutions will make the utility of Docker and containers to new heights. Look out for speakers, workshops, and industry booths. In particular, Kevin Crawley and Roberto Milev will be leading talks on this, and startups leading the true observability charge, like RevDeBug, will be on location with product demos and more.

Legacy .NET Migration Expertise for Cloud-Native Containers

Encompassing several languages, .NET frameworks have been a staple of programming for years. Particularly in enterprise environments, .NET has dominated the scene, only challenged in its ubiquity by Java.

This might seem like a niche interest to call out. But, updating the reams of legacy code and applications are written using .NET frameworks to cloud-native, containerized environments are enormous. The amount of existing investment in this ecosystem means that getting this right is a keystone in the long-term mass migration to a cloud-native architecture. Docker has taken note.

Among the typical churn of the container and open-source information, DockerCon 2019 will have a large number of events and training opportunities specifically to help .NET migrations. Marius Dornean and Jeff Nessen will be leading a breakout session on modernizing .NET applications, while Rob Richardson will be giving one on the specific use of containers for .NET. Elton Stoneman will be leading a workshop on the same topic.

If you are struggling to modernize, containerize, and update your .NET ecosystem, DockerCon 2019 is an event you can’t miss.

Access to Breakout Sessions and Training Courses You Don’t Want To Miss

DockerCon has every type of session you could ask for — breakout sessions, workshops, training, hallway tracks, and certification. Any beginner, intermediate or advanced level individual can find a course that suits them, learn something new and grow.

At DockerCon workshops, you will be able to get practical advice from subject matter experts. This is an excellent chance for you to meet and work with leaders in your field to learn, improve, and gain real skills that you can apply to your job role.

Each workshop lasts for two hours and contains a mix of tutorials, technical talk, and advice for practical use. There will be sessions led by different professionals, such as Bret Fisher, who is a DevOps Trainer and Consultant. His workshop will demonstrate container orchestration with Swarm and using workflows for development. Scott Coulton from Microsoft, on the other hand, will cover security measures with Kubernetes and how companies can maintain a guarded container system. Many workshops from other architects and developers will also be available.

As well as breakout sessions, there are structured two-day training courses you can attend. Available at a discounted rate, these training sessions are led by Docker Instructors, who will get you involved in lab exercises, quiz questions, and project-based assignments to give you enough practice in getting to grips with Docker. Whether you want to learn about the fundamentals of Docker, how a Developer or Operations team can utilize the platform, or troubleshoot any problems, there is something for everyone. This level of hands-on experience will build your confidence and get you familiarised with how Docker can be used in enterprises and organizations.

One-to-one hallway track meetings are perfect for networking and sharing information on specific topics you want to learn about or even share some wisdom on. This unique learning space is an easy way to build close connections and find out about your interests. A platform will be launched soon where you can simply browse what topics are on offer with your profile and schedule your meetings ahead of time.

If you’re looking to get that stamp of Docker approval, then why not try sitting a Docker Certified Associate exam? The certification is on-site and will stand as an affirmation of your Docker skills.

Attending DockerCon is Your Route to Container Expertise

Containers are the future, and Docker is leading the way. The technology is transforming programming, delivering new opportunities, and growth. Whether you are just getting started or are an expert looking to keep your cutting edge, DockerCon is the place to be. Immerse yourself among a thriving digital-bound community who are happy to share their experiences with cloud migration, Docker, observability, cloud security, and every other topic around the future of container technology.

Don’t forget to register for DockerCon 2019!

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