Eric D. Schabell: KCD Denmark - The first ever Kubernetes Community Days in Denmark

Thursday, August 10, 2023

KCD Denmark - The first ever Kubernetes Community Days in Denmark

When I saw that they were going to host the first ever Kubernetes Community Days (KCD) in Denmark on 14 November, I had to apply.

It is a pretty active CNCF community that organizes many KCD events throughout the year across the globe and being a CNCF Ambassador I am always trying to support what my schedule will allow.

It was even more exciting to see that this KCD has offered slots for workshop content, where 25 attendees get to sit down in a room and go diving into hands-on content around CNCF projects. I had to try this out and submit one of my workshops.

Below you will find the two submissions I sent in, one is a normal session, the other a hands-on workshop:

Observability For You and Me with OpenTelemetry

Are you interested in dipping your toes in the cloud native observability waters, but as an engineer you are not sure where to get started with tracing your microservices and applications on Kubernetes? Then this is the session for you, where we take you on your first steps in an active open-source project that offers a buffet of opportunities for getting started with telemetry data. The project, openTelemetry (OTEL), is where we start with de-mystifying key concepts and terms such as observability, telemetry, instrumentation to lay a foundation. Then we’ll explore the OTEL community and how to become not only an end-user, but possibly a contributor.We will wrap up with an overview of the components in this project, such as the Collector, the OTEL protocol (OTLP), its APIs, and its SDKs. Attendees will leave with an understanding of key observability concepts in distributed tracing!

Key takeaways: Open source, vendor neutral instrumentation is an exciting new reality as the industry standardizes on openTelemetry for observability. OpenTelemetry is on a mission to enable effective observability by making high-quality, portable telemetry ubiquitous. The world of observability and monitoring today has a steep learning curve and in order to achieve ubiquity, the project would benefit from growing our contributor community.

Prometheus Fundamentals (workshop)

Ready to break free from vendor lock-in and predatory pricing from your observability vendor? It’s time to learn more about Prometheus, a free and open-source systems monitoring and alerting tool kit that enables you to discover, collect, and query your observability data. Join us for this workshop designed to expand your knowledge of open-source observability tools, including how they are used and how they are different from the proprietary instrumentation you use today. This hands-on workshop is designed to help you get enough background to start moving away from proprietary instrumentation and get you started with open-source observability. During the workshop, you will install Prometheus, collect metrics, and learn how to effectively run it in your observability stack. Get started today and so your team can hit the ground running with open-source observability!

Key takeaways: Attendees to this session will go hands-on with labs for learning what Prometheus is, how to install it locally, and get started collecting and querying their first metrics data. The workshop is self-paced and available online, so attendees can continue to explore after the event:

Looking forward to joining my friends in Denmark in the Fall!