KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2021 preview: Grafana Labs team members talk about Cortex, Prometheus, observability, and distributed tracing

Published: 3 May 2021

Cloud native enthusiasts unite! KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2021 begins on May 4, and Grafana Labs team members will be sharing their knowledge in online presentations during the virtual gathering. (You can still register for access!)

Mark your calendars for the dates and time below — and find us during the conference in our channel in the CNCF Slack workspace: #6-kubecon-grafana-labs.

Cortex: Multi-tenant Scalable Prometheus

Wednesday, May 5 @ 15:05 - 15:40 CEST Grafana Labs Senior Software Engineer Jacob Lisi teams up with Weaveworks' Bryan Boreham for an overview of Cortex , the CNCF incubating project for scaling Prometheus . They’ll provide an update on the latest news from the project and take a deeper look at the recently added administrator feature to query across multiple tenants.

CNCF SIG Observability Updates

Thursday, May 6 @ 11:35 - 12:10 CEST Passionate about observability? Join Grafana Labs Director of Community (and PromCon organizer) Richard “Richi” Hartmann and Red Hat’s Bartlomiej Plotka as they discuss the CNCF SIG Observability and the work they’ve been doing since the group was formed last summer. (Members include project maintainers, standards authors, and end-users.) The pair will talk about future plans and provide information on how to get involved in improving the CNCF observability space. 

Building a Community: How Cortex Went from a Vendor Project to a Community

Thursday, May 6 @ 12:25 - 13:00 CEST Grafana Labs Senior Software Engineer Goutham Veeramachaneni will shed light on what’s helped Cortex transform from being a largely vendor-driven project (that almost no one other than maintainers could run), to one that’s been adopted by large and small companies and backed by a vibrant community. He’ll walk through the key changes that were made, the project’s successful philosophy on community-building, and collaborations with sibling projects Thanos and Prometheus .

Jaeger Intro and Deep Dive

Thursday, May 6 @ 12:25 - 13:00 CEST Grafana Labs Principal Software Engineer Joe Elliott and Uber’s Prithvi Raj will be giving a full overview of Jaeger, the most popular open source distributed tracing backend. They’ll cover the basics and how to get started, then talk about the future of Jaeger built on top of the OpenTelemetry collector, and more. 

Better Scalability and More Isolation? The Cortex “Shuffle Sharding” Story

Friday, May 7 @ 11:50 - 12:25 CEST Grafana Labs VP of Product Tom Wilkie will discuss the benefits of the “shuffle sharding” technique in Cortex and how it can prevent a dual-replica failure (and resulting outages). He’ll explain how shuffle sharding achieves better scalability and more isolation — and show it off in a live demo. 

Prometheus – What it is, What is New, and What is Coming

Friday, May 7 @ 12:40 - 13:15 CEST In case you miss PromCon (or just want more), Grafana Labs' Richard “Richi” Hartmann and Inuits' Julien Pivotto will be talking all things Prometheus . They’ll provide an update on exciting new features and also discuss opportunities to contribute to the project and its wider ecosystem.

We look forward to seeing you (virtually!) at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon! To catch up on more Cortex, Prometheus, observability, and tracing news from Grafana Labs, check out our blog .