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KubeCon + CloudNativeCon NA 2022 preview: Prometheus, OpenTelemetry, SLOs, and more!

October 21, 2022 3 min

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022, the preeminent gathering for the cloud native community, returns next week, and Grafanistas will be on hand to impart their knowledge and answer your questions.

This year’s conference will be held in Detroit, with five days of activities kicking off on Monday, Oct. 24. (Tickets are still available for in-person or virtual attendees.) You’ll find us at Booth S23 if you want to chat, and be sure to check out all the talks featuring the Grafana Labs team:

Jaeger: The future with OpenTelemetry and Metrics

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m. ET

As part of a shift from tracing system to monitoring system, Jaeger recently deprecated its native clients in favor of clients maintained by the upcoming OpenTelemetry project. Joe Elliott, principal software engineer at Grafana Labs, and Jonah Kowall, CTO at Logz.io, will discuss the impacts to users and the path forward. They’ll explain how to use an OpenTelemetry client to auto instrument an application, as well as best practices for building a scalable trace pipeline to deliver that data to a Jaeger backend.

While this is a great chance to learn about the change, the project maintainers are always seeking new collaborators, contributors, and users, so please come if you’re interested in helping, too.

Prometheus: Intro, deep dive, and open Q&A

Thursday, Oct. 27, 3:25 p.m. ET

Join Ganesh Vernekar, senior software engineer at Grafana Labs, and Richard “RichiH” Hartmann, director of community at Grafana Labs, for a broad discussion on Prometheus, the de facto standard for monitoring cloud native metrics. The pair will provide some introductory content for those new to cloud native technologies, and they’ll also take a deeper dive into the current developments. 

Ganesh and RichiH are members of the Prometheus team, so it’s also your chance to ask any questions you might have about the project.  

SLO-based observability for all Kubernetes cluster components

Friday, Oct. 28, 11:55 a.m. ET

Come learn about Pyrra, a project intended to make Prometheus service level objectives (SLOs) manageable, accessible, and easy to use. Project co-creators Nadine Vehling, UX designer at Grafana Labs, and Matthias Loibl, senior software engineer at Polar Signals, will split duties in this session.

Nadine will focus on the project approach and research findings, while Matthias will walk through the set up of a Pyrra instance on Kubernetes, as well as how to connect it with Prometheus or Thanos. The demo will also showcase the alerting that would occur following a cluster outage and how that makes life easier for on-call engineers.

SneakOps: Getting users to use GitOps without them even knowing about it!

Friday, Oct. 28, 2:55 p.m. ET

For Kubernetes deployments, GitOps can make it easier to integrate approvals, verify change histories, and automate hooks. However, adoption can be difficult if your users are accustomed to a different way of working. If your users aren’t working directly in Git for their day-to-day tasks, but you still want the benefits of GitOps without slowing them down, this is the session for you.

Join Éamon Ryan and Heds Simons, both principal field engineers at Grafana Labs, to learn how Grafana Labs is changing a messy and unreliable internal environment into a well-oiled machine fueled by GitOps, Kubernetes, Terraform, and more. More importantly, learn how they’re doing it without end users ever having to learn or interact with Git.

Want to learn more about Kubernetes monitoring before you go? Check out our intro to Kubernetes monitoring guide. And if you want to know how Kubernetes Monitoring in Grafana Cloud can help your organization, check out our Kubernetes solutions page, read our related Kubernetes Monitoring documentation, or watch our webinar “Kubernetes monitoring out-of-the-box with Grafana Cloud” on demand.