Building Your Platform on Multi-Cluster Kubernetes
06-21, 15:10–16:40 (Europe/Amsterdam), Expo 2

Multi-cluster topologies are a key part of Kubernetes. Organisations gain many benefits using multiple clusters, such as increased scale, bespoke APIs, blast radius reduction and more. However, multi-cluster deployments also increase complexity.

With multiple clusters comes increased building and maintenance complexity for the platform team. Answers to questions like which cluster to install certain tools into, how to provision newly created clusters in a standard way, and whether to provide ephemeral cluster environments, are becoming more important. These answers often come with a whole host of technologies as baggage.

This workshop will explore how to use a higher level framework to encapsulate your platform offerings. And with these now packaged offerings, you can automate their availability according to business requirements across both existing and future clusters to build a powerful platform that supports engineering productivity and business requirements.

Derik is a Principal Engineer currently working at Syntasso to enable platform teams to build the secure, scalable and usable platforms. In the past few years, Derik spent copious amounts of time fine tuning pipelines, services APIs, and managing engineering teams. Outside of work, you can probably find Derik running somewhere in the world.

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Winna is a Principal Engineer at Syntasso delivering Kratix, an open-source framework for building internal platforms on Kubernetes. She’s using what she learned about how teams work from her years of teaching extreme programming and pairing with customer application development teams at places like Fortnum & Mason, BMW, Allianz, Sainsbury’s, and others. She’s using what she learned about how platforms work from her years as an engineer and in engineering leadership with CloudFoundry. And before all of that, she came to tech via design and user research. She’s happy that she can wear all the different hats her experience has given her to help build a first-class tool that enables platform teams to deliver high value and enjoy their work in the process. Outside of work, Winna mostly tries to keep up with her two young girls whilst maintaining her sanity.

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