Linkerd Community Guide to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon NA 2021

Yep, it’s that time of the year again. KubeCon + CloudNativeCon NA 2021 is just around the corner! Whether you’re joining in person or virtually, you can expect lots of great content and fun activities!

This year you’ll find our team at three booths: the Buoyant booth (SU 6) in the expo hall, the Linkerd booth in the project pavilion, and our virtual booth. Each will offer different activities so be sure to stop by.

Maintainer office hours (virtual)

Now’s your chance to ask the Linkerd maintainers anything. We are hosting project office hours via Zoom on Wednesday, October 13 at 11:30 am - 12:15 pm and Thursday, October 14 at 11:30 am - 12:15 pm.

Meet the maintainers (in-person)

If you’re on-site, swing by the Linkerd booth in the project pavilion, located inside the sponsor expo hall. Come join us for a live conversation with the maintainers of your favorite service mesh.

Live events at the booth (virtual)

Hop into our virtual booth to talk to the Linkerd maintainers and the engineers behind Buoyant Cloud. You’ll also find a bunch of cool resources and live events during the KubeCon breaks.

Oh, and we are teaming up with our friends at Ambassador Labs, Jetstack, Civo, Weaveworks, and Codefresh to do some good while at KubeCon! We’ll donate $2 per virtual booth visitor to Black Girls Code, so one more reason to swing by and say hi!

Tue, 10:30 am: The ultimate Linkerd Quiz!

Tue, 1:00 pm: Does Linkerd mesh with GitOps? Flux around and find out

Wed, 10:30 am: Installing the Emissary ingress with the Linkerd service mesh

Wed, 1:00 pm: Buoyant Cloud, the best way to run Linkerd

Thu, 10:30 am: Ask me anything with Oliver Gould and William Morgan! 😬

Here’s our pick for the Linkerd-related talks at KubeCon and ServiceMeshCon. Be sure to add your favorites to your schedule.

Monday, October 11

A Crash Course in mTLS and Authorization for Kubernetes with Linkerd. mTLS is a hot topic, but what is it? What kind of security does it provide? And when is it useful? William Morgan covers that and more in this crash course. Don’t miss this bite-sized overview of this critical security feature.

Tuesday, October 12

Replatforming a $4B Retailer Onto Kubernetes and Linkerd(1:05pm - 1:35pm PDT). In his ServiceMeshCon talk, Fredrik Klingenberg shares how he helped Elkjøp, the largest electronics retailer in the Nordics, migrate their application from Azure App Service to Kubernetes and Linkerd, increasing the pace of feature iteration while reducing costs. If this sounds familiar, you may have read his CNCF blog where he shares Elkjøp’s Linkerd journey.

Service Mesh War Stories - Lessons Learned the Hard Way (2:30pm - 3:10pm PDT). In this ServiceMeshCon panel discussion moderated by Google’s Mitch Connors, William Morgan (Buoyant) and Iryna Shustava (HashiCorp) share their service mesh failures. Don’t succumb to the same pitfalls — add this session to your calendar.

Wednesday, October 13

Overview and State of Linkerd (2:30 pm - 3:05 pm PDT). What would KubeCon be without an overview and state of Linkerd? In this annual fixture, Oliver Gould shares Linkerd developments over the past year and what you can expect in the year ahead.

Friday, October 15

Real-time Kubernetes: How Entain Australia 10x’d throughput with Linkerd. (3:25 pm - 4:00 pm PDT). 300 microservices and 3,000 pods spread over multiple Kubernetes clusters across multiple regions. That’s Entain Australia’s day-to-day reality. As a global sports betting company, their system must be as close to real-time as possible. In his KubeCon talk, Steve Gray describes how Entain moved from connection-level load balancing to request-level load balancing and increased overall application throughput by an order of magnitude by installing Linkerd.

Would you like to take to the KubeCon stage?

Do you have a Linkerd story you’d like to share at the next KubeCon, but aren’t sure how to take the plunge? We’d be thrilled to help you get started. Sign up for the **Linkerd Community Anchor program **and some very friendly people will give you hands-on help in telling your story.

Connect with us outside of KubeCon

If you can’t make it to Kubecon this year, don’t worry. You can always find us in the Linkerd Slack channel—hop in and say hi!

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