Two users talk about running Kubernetes on OpenStack at Google’s launch event.


Contain your excitement.

Kubernetes 1.0 is out, and there are real users.

The open source container orchestration system announced at OSCON on July 21 that it has reached the v1 milestone with 14,000 commits built by over 400 contributors. Those numbers signal that Kubernetes is gaining some significant mindshare in the cloud native computing world.

OpenStack users talk Kubernetes

Two OpenStack users, eBay Inc. and Lithium Technologies, took stage this afternoon to discuss how they are beginning to integrate Kubernetes with their OpenStack clouds.

By automating the fundamental building blocks of compute, storage and networking, OpenStack makes it easier to get Kubernetes running. One enterprise user recently called OpenStack the “path to production” for new technologies like containers.

The news comes a week after Google officially moved to sponsor the OpenStack Foundation, bringing container expertise for Kubernetes and Docker to OpenStack users.

“It’s good to see Google sponsor the OpenStack Foundation and Kubernetes working with OpenStack,” said Subbu Allamaraju, chief cloud engineer at eBay Inc. “We want this to succeed because it makes our jobs easier.”

Lachlan Evenson, cloud platform engineering team lead at Lithium Technologies emphasized the need for interoperability among its OpenStack, Amazon and Google clouds, achieved with Kubernetes.

“At Lithium we run a private and public cloud," said Evenson. “Internally we have an OpenStack offering and to be able to provide a platform to our engineers that spans OpenStack bare-metal Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google container engine, that’s really powerful to us.”

Over at eBay, enthusiasm about the possibilities runs high.

“We are proud to be one of the largest OpenStack environments in the world,” said Allamaraju, “We are looking forward to running Kubernetes on top of OpenStack.”

Kubernetes’ return to OCSON and excitement for the Google project sparked the hashtag #kubercon, which pushed its way into a trending topics list.

Google also got tweets racing with the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which will work with open source and partner communities including Twitter, IBM, Intel, Cisco,and Goldman Sachs to manage future development of Kubernetes and build new software that makes the entire container toolset more robust.

“By joining forces with the OpenStack Foundation we hope to add container-native patterns to the tool belt of enterprise developers, and improve interoperability between public and private clouds,” said Craig McLuckie product manager at Google. “We are excited about becoming active participants in the OpenStack community.”

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