3 things you might have missed from KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU

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If there has been a slowdown in the rush to create new technologies for the Kubernetes and cloud native world, there was no sign of it in Valencia, Spain at the recent KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe event.

The show sold out this year, with more than 7,500 attendees. Perhaps even more significant is that 65% of them attended the rally for the first time. Attendees included some of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s 7.1 million cloud-native developers, who gathered to hear the latest on the nonprofit organization’s more than 120 active projects.

TheCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s live streaming studio, covered this year’s KubeCon EU event through exclusive interviews with industry executives, open source users and technology thought leaders. (*Disclosure below.)

Here are three things you might have missed at the event:

1. The CNCF has a message: it’s not just the big companies that are playing.

The growing popularity of cloud native and the growing participation of some of the world’s largest technology companies has led to the perception that the influential CNCF is where big business dominates. Priyanka Sharma (pictured), the foundation’s executive director, who took over from the late Dan Kohn in 2020, would like to change that impression.

It is understandable that this perception has developed. Major technology companies support the work of the CNCF both financially and by coding contributions from the company’s developers for key projects. Large corporations are often at the center of CNCF media coverage. Google LLC’s initial reluctance in 2020 to transfer control of the Istio service mesh project to the CNCF triggered well-publicized countermeasures from companies including IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle. Google finally submitted the project in April.

The CNCF also had to maneuver carefully around the US government’s attempts to isolate member company Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., after Facebook, Google and Arm Ltd. have expressed reluctance to share the technology.

Despite the visibility of high-profile member companies, the CNCF has been determined to open the door to smaller companies looking to participate in sandbox-level projects, as highlighted by Sharma in his interview with theCUBE at the KubeCon event.

“I really want to change that narrative,” Sharma said. “It’s easy to apply; there is a mass vote to get you in. We have become a facilitator for small projects, and everyone should know that.

Watch the full video interview with Priyanka Sharma below:

2. Red Hat’s acquisition of StackRox, accelerated development of cloud-native security tools.

When Red Hat Inc. acquired software security firm StackRox Inc. in 2021, the company announced that it would donate the startup’s Kubernetes offerings to the open source community and integrate them with OpenShift. Eighteen months later, the impact of these tools is being felt across the security ecosystem.

StackRox previously released KubeLinter, a static analysis tool for identifying misconfigurations in Kubernetes deployments, prior to acquisition. The tool now has about 2,000 stars on GitHub, a favorable indication of developer interest and usage.

StackRox leveraged the open-source runtime analysis tool Falco early on, and Falco now has over 45 million downloads. Red Hat has also integrated a number of key open source security tools into OpenShift, including Security-Enhanced Linux or SELinux.

Red Hat’s strategy with StackRox has resulted in a Kubernetes-native security platform that stands out in a crowded security market.

“It’s sort of this orchestration of orchestrators,” said Kirsten Newcomer, director of cloud strategy and DevSecOps at Red Hat, in an interview with theCUBE. “Leveraging the Kubernetes operator principle to deliver a resilient Kubernetes platform was one of the key things we did. We continue to expand the security capabilities we provide, which is one of the reasons the acquisition of StackRox was so important to us.

Watch the full video interview with Red Hat’s Kirsten Newcomer and Connor Gorman below:

3. The “next thing” in enterprise technology could be WebAssembly.

It’s been called the “cute little virtual machine” that enables a secure and fast edge, and WebAssembly, known as WASM, is generating buzz.

The technology was developed by the World Wide Web Consortium and originally released in 2018. It allows developers to import their own code, and WebAssembly will compile it and run it on a high-speed web browser. It emerged as a fast, scalable, and secure way to run code on machines, and it began powering the world’s most complex applications, including major streaming platforms like Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video.

A good example of the growing impact of WebAssembly can be seen in the case of online retail giant Shopify Inc. By using the native open-source Lucet build tool with WebAssembly, Shopify was able to run a flash sale with 120,000 modules spinning and executing in 60-second windows while maintaining superior runtime performance.

“Shopify is a big supporter of WebAssembly because although their platform covers two standard deviations or 80% of use cases, they have a wonderful marketplace of extensions that people can use to customize the checkout process. or apply specialized discounts or integrate into a partner ecosystem,” said Liam Randall, President of CNCF Cloud Native WebAssembly Day and Managing Director of Cosmonic Corp., in a conversation with theCUBE in Spain. to the same requirements that we have in browsers and servers. I firmly believe that WebAssembly is the next big thing in technology. »

Watch the full video interview with Liam Randall, as well as Adobe Inc.’s Colin Murphy, below:

To watch more of theCUBE’s coverage of the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe event, watch our full video playlist of the event below:

(*Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe event. Neither Red Hat Inc., the primary sponsor of theCUBE event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over the content. from theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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