“I’m so uninterested in speaking about Kubernetes . I need to speak about one thing else,” joked Kubernetes co-founder and VP of R&D at VMware Craig McLuckie throughout a keynote interview at this week’s Cloud Foundry Summit in The Hague. “I feel like that 80s band that had like one hit song — Cherry Pie.”
He doesn’t fairly imply it that method, in fact (although it makes for a superb headline, see above), however the underlying theme of the dialog he had with Cloud Foundry govt director Abby Kearns was that infrastructure must be boring and fade into the background, whereas enabling builders to do their greatest work. “We still have a lot of work to do as an industry to make the infrastructure technology fade into the background and bring forwards the technologies that developers interface with, that enable them to develop the code that drives the business, etc. […] Let’s make that infrastructure technology really, really boring. ”
What McLuckie needs to speak about is developer expertise and with VMware’s intend to accumulate Pivotal, it’s inserting a powerful guess on Cloud Foundry as one of many premiere growth platforms for cloud native purposes. For the longest time, the Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes ecosystem, which each share an organizational father or mother within the Linux Basis, have been getting nearer, however that transfer has accelerated in current months because the Cloud Foundry ecosystem has completed work on a few of its Kubernetes integrations.
McLuckie argues that the Cloud Native Computing Basis, the house of Kubernetes and different cloud-native open-source initiatives, was at all times meant to be a form of open-ended group that focuses on driving innovation. And that created a big set of applied sciences that distributors can select from. “But when you start to assemble that, I tend to think about you building up this cake which is your development stack, you discover that some of those layers of the cake, like Kubernetes, have a really good bake. They are done to perfection,” stated McLuckie, who’s clearly a fan of the Nice British Baking present. “And other layers, you look at it and you think, wow, that could use a little more bake, it’s not quite ready yet. […] And we haven’t done a great job of pulling it all together and providing a recipe that delivers an entirely consumable experience for everyday developers.”
He argues that Cloud Foundry, alternatively, has at all times targeted on constructing that extremely opinionated, constant developer expertise. “Bringing those two communities together, I think, is going to have incredibly powerful results for both communities as we start to bring these technologies together,” he stated.
With the Pivotal acquisition nonetheless within the works, McLuckie didn’t actually touch upon what precisely this implies for the trail ahead for Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes (which he nonetheless talked about with a variety of vitality, regardless of being uninterested in it), however it’s clear that he’s trying to Cloud Foundry to allow that developer expertise on prime of Kubernetes that abstracts the entire infrastructure away for builders and makes deploying an software a matter of a single CLI command.
Bonus: Cherry Pie.