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KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2023 preview: IT sustainability, OpenTelemetry, Kubernetes cost monitoring, and more!

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2023 preview: IT sustainability, OpenTelemetry, Kubernetes cost monitoring, and more!

27 Oct, 2023 3 min

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2023 is just around the corner, and the OSS and cloud native community is eagerly anticipating the event, which will take place November 6-9 in Chicago.

For the uninitiated, KubeCon is the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference and is widely regarded as an annual gathering where engineers can reconnect with out-of-state and online friends, explore new technologies and vendors, and stay up-to-date with the emerging trends in cloud native technologies.

Grafana is a proud Gold sponsor of this year’s KubeCon North America event, including Observability Day 2023, a vendor-neutral event on November 6 that aims to foster collaboration around cloud native observability projects and explore emerging best practices in the observability space. 

We invite you to visit us at booth C18 in the KubeCon sponsor solutions showcase. We’ll be ready to provide in-depth demonstrations, answer your questions, and of course, hand out some swag.

The Grafana Labs title card for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2023.

And be sure to check out the following talks featuring, or led by, the Grafana Labs team: 

Keynote: Environmental Sustainability in the Cloud Is Not a Mythical Creature 

Tuesday, November 7 | 9:40 AM CST

This panel is dedicated to a topic that’s taking center stage in the IT world: environmental sustainability. Panelists will discuss how cloud providers and users can start tackling sustainability challenges with power consumption accountability, energy efficiency strategies, GreenOps, and cost optimization techniques.

Hear from leading experts in the field, including Niki Manoledaki, Software Engineer at Grafana Labs; Frederick Kautz, Co-Chair of KubeCon; Rimma Iontel, Chief Architect at Red Hat; Marlow Weston, Cloud Software Architect at Intel; and Tammy McClellan, Senior Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft. As representatives from the Green Software Foundation, CNCF Environmental Sustainability TAG, and O-RAN, these panelists will also examine the sustainability implications and challenges related to specific workloads, such as telco, high-performance computing, and AI/ML. 

A Tale of Two Flamegraphs: Unlocking Performance Insights in a Diverse Application Landscape 

Tuesday, November 7 | 11:55 AM CST

In this session led by Grafana Labs Engineering Director Ryan Perry, you’ll dive into the world of performance profiling, exploring the challenges and opportunities related to optimizing applications across diverse programming languages and platforms. You’ll also discover the power of flamegraphs in enhancing application performance analysis. This talk draws upon our experiences integrating profiling into OpenTelemetry, highlighting the importance of observability in modern software development. Using real-world examples and the official OpenTelemetry demo application, Perry will present “Tales of Two Flamegraphs,” revealing performance pitfalls and effective optimization methods across different language ecosystems.

Contribfest: OpenTelemetry Contribfest

Wednesday, November 8 | 2:30 PM CST

In this session, Juraci Paixão Kröhling, Principal Software Engineer at Grafana Labs, will join fellow Prometheus project maintainers Daniel Dyla, Senior Open Source Architect at Dynatrace; Anthony Mirabella, Senior SDE at AWS; Tyler Helmuth, Senior Software Engineer at Honeycomb; and Alex Boten, Senior Staff Software Engineer for ServiceNow Cloud Observability (formerly Lightstep), to introduce you to the project from the very beginning. 

They will then explore some of the exciting new features that have been released recently or are in the pipeline. This unique session offers a mix of introductory Prometheus content, a deep dive into current developments, and an open Q&A.

Where’s Your Money Going? The Beginner’s Guide to Measuring Kubernetes Costs

Thursday, November 9 | 2:55 PM CST

Accurately tracking cloud costs can be challenging as cloud systems evolve. In this session, JuanJo Ciarlante, Principal Engineer at Grafana Labs, and Mark Poko, Senior Software Engineer at Grafana Labs, share the company’s journey to achieving reliable cost estimations for Kubernetes clusters. Starting with basic metrics from kube-state-metrics and Prometheus, they’ll explain how they transitioned to OpenCost, a CNCF incubating project, to measure costs across multiple cloud providers for Grafana Cloud.

Looking for more ways to connect with Grafana Labs? Check out our events page to see upcoming in-person and virtual opportunities.