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November 18–21, 2019
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Wednesday, November 20 • 4:25pm - 5:00pm
Wait, People Run Kubernetes on Mainframes? - Elizabeth K. Joseph, IBM

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When you think of container orchestration mainframes probably aren't the first thing that come to mind.

But modern mainframes run Linux as a first class citizen and KVM can be used for virtualization, opening a whole world of open source tooling integration via libvirt and related virtualization tooling. The careful observer may have already discovered that the mainframe architecture (s390x) is one of the architectures that's built for every Kubernetes release.

How did this come to be? Who uses these mainframe builds of Kubernetes? Why would you run a distributed container orchestration service on a platform that's a symbol of the monolith we're looking to leave? Drawing upon my work with distributed systems and containers, including time spent on OpenStack, Apache Mesos and Kubernetes, and my new experience with mainframes, this talk answers all of those questions and more.

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Elizabeth K. Joseph

Developer Advocate, IBM
Elizabeth K. Joseph is an author, systems engineer, and developer advocate who is now at IBM working in the Z Ecosystem team (mainframes!). Previously, she spent time working on Apache Mesos, four years as a systems engineer on the OpenStack Infrastructure team and six years as a... Read More →

Wednesday November 20, 2019 4:25pm - 5:00pm
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