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Founding Class of KCSPs Offers Skills and Expertise Needed to Achieve Success with Kubernetes

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus, today announced the founding class of more than 22 Kubernetes Certified Service Providers (KCSPs), pre-qualified organizations that have deep experience helping enterprises successfully adopt Kubernetes. Additionally, individual professionals can now register for the new Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) program and exam.

The KCSP program is a pre-qualified tier of vetted service providers that offer Kubernetes support, consulting, professional services and training for organizations embarking on their Kubernetes journey. The KCSP program ensures that enterprises get the support they're looking for to roll out new applications more quickly and more efficiently than before, while feeling secure that there's a trusted and vetted partner that's available to support their production and operational needs.

The founding class of KCSPs includes the following CNCF and LF members: Accenture, Booze Allen Hamilton, Bitnami, Canonical, Container Solutions, CoreOS, Ghostcloud, Giant Swarm, Heptio, Huawei, IBM, inwinSTACK, Inc., LiveWyer, Mirantis, RX-M LLC, Samsung SDS, Stackpointcloud, Supergiant, and Treasure Data.

As one of the five highest velocity open source projects, Kubernetes use is exploding. Businesses around the world need more skilled experts to help them fully capitalize on the benefits cloud native computing promises. According to a recent Capgemini, 70 percent of those surveyed cited skills shortage as a challenge. For companies unable to capitalize on new training options, availability of KCSPs will help alleviate the problem.

"The founding class of KCSPs represents the maturation of the Kubernetes ecosystem and demonstrates that Kubernetes is ready for widespread use with enterprises of all sizes," said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. "As Kubernetes has grown, so has the demand from enterprises needing expert services and support. Enterprises working with KCSPs can be confident the partner they've chosen to work with has the training and skills needed to help them succeed with Kubernetes."

Qualifying as a KCSP, requires three or more engineers passing the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam, demonstrable activity in the Kubernetes community including active contribution, and a business model that supports enterprise end users, including putting engineers at a customer site.

Supporting Quotes from KCSP Partners

"CoreOS is pioneering the cloud native world as the founders of fundamental Kubernetes ecosystem software such as etcd and CNI, along with our work bringing Kubernetes to every cloud and every enterprise with Tectonic," said Paul Lundin, director of field engineering, CoreOS. "Our leadership alongside the CNCF Governing Board and dedicated active Kubernetes contributors from CoreOS make us more than qualified to participate as a founding member of Kubernetes Certified Service Providers (KCSPs). KCSP certification gives Kubernetes users confidence that they can look to CoreOS as the experts in enterprise Kubernetes when it comes to implementation, adoption and production usage within their environments."

"Huawei is happy to be among the first wave of Kubernetes Certified Service Providers thanks to our consistent contributions in the Kubernetes Community for years as an important player, and this demonstrates the brand integrity and strength to serve our customers in the digital transformation era," said Yongli Jia, Vice President at PaaS Product Department of Cloud BU, Huawei. "This capability is deeply integrated within both the Huawei Cloud Services, ServiceStage and CCE, and our private on-premise solution, Fusionstage. Huawei will continue our investment in the cloud native open source world and work closely with all partners."

"With more than 100 member companies joining since our founding back in December of 2015, our collective vision for Cloud Native computing is affirmed," said Todd Moore, VP Open Technology at IBM and CNCF's governing board chairperson. "Kubernetes was selected as the launch project, and now with the establishment of the KCSP program, we have reached yet another key milestone in the maturity of the ecosystem."

"The pace of Kubernetes adoption is creating high demand for specialists providing migration support and cluster operation services. Samsung SDS is committed to the long-term value of CNCF-administered Kubernetes certification to ensure consistent implementation of best practices throughout the community," said Bob Wise, Cloud Native CTO and CNCF Board representative. "Our team of engagement specialists stay in lock-step with the technical direction of the community; assuring our customers stay aligned with and receive the best value and experience from Kubernetes."

More About Certified Kubernetes Administrator Program

The CKA program requires the passing of an online, proctored, performance-based exam that tests one's ability to solve multiple issues in a hands-on, command-line environment. A professional can become a CKA without needing to be involved with a KCSP, but for a company to become a KCSP it must employ at least three CKAs. The CKA exam is publicly available for anyone to take and costs $300.

Kubernetes Training

CNCF also offers online training that teaches the skills needed to create and configure a real-world Kubernetes cluster. The Kubernetes Fundamentals course maps directly to the requirements for the Certified Kubernetes Administrator exam.

As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. 

Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility. 

As they do so, IT professionals are also embracing the reality of Serverless architectures, which are critical to developing and operating real-time applications and services. Serverless is particularly important as enterprises of all sizes develop and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives.

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ServerlessSUMMIT at CloudEXPO to Present 50 Rockstar Speakers and 60 Serverless and Kubernetes Sessions in Three Simultaneous Tracks

20 Popular Kubernetes Sessions at ServerlessSUMMIT CloudEXPO

Monta Vista Ventures Presentation:

AIOps Disruption for Cloud, IT and SaaS - Muddu Sudhakar

Red Hat Kubernetes Track:

Securing Applications and Pipelines on a Container Platform - Veer Muchandi

Red Hat Kubernetes Track:

Service Mesh with Enhanced Observability and Traceability - Veer Muchandi

Red Hat Kubernetes Track:

Container Technologies - Impact on Enterprises - Veer Muchand

IBM Kubernetes Presentation:

Hybrid Container Serverless Mobile Backend - Marek Sadowski

Rapidvalue Solutions Session:

Serverless Architecture on AWS - Avinash Thakur

Red Hat Kubernetes Track:

Continuous Security with Kubernetes - Chris Van Tuin

Intel Kubernetes Session:

How to Better Manage Your Cloud Infrastructure - Rami Radi

Microsoft Azure Track:

Docker on Azure Hands-On Lab - Docker to Helm - Rags Srinivas

Microsoft Azure Track:

Policy Driven Enterprise Security For Kubernetes - Dave Strebel

jFrog Kubernetes Session:

Building a Kubernetes Powered Central Go Modules Repository - Leon Stigter

Platform9 Kubernetes Session:

Serverless Applications You Can Implement Today: 3 Key Use Cases and Design Patterns - Vamsi Chemitiganti

Data Theorem Session:

Serverless Applications vs Apps Built in Docker Containers - Doug Dooley

SUSE Serverless Track:

OpenStack and Kubernetes Get the Heat Treatment - Cameron Seader

Capgemini Serverless Session:

Microservices Implementation at Scale - Rishi Singh

Red Hat Kubernetes Track:

Containers: Don't Skeu Them Up. Use Microservices Instead - Gordon Haff

WSO2 Kubernetes Session:

Cloud Native Programming with Docker, Kubernetes, and Ballerina - Lakmal Warusawithana

Buoyant Linkerd Session:

Microservice Forensics: Investigating Problems in Production - Thomas Rampelberg

Palo Alto Networks Containers Session:

Shift Left Security In a Containerized World - Gunjan Patel

Palo Alto Networks Containers Session:

Container Security Best Practices - Gunjan Patel

ServerlessSUMMIT at CloudEXPO to present 50 rockstar speakers, 60 sessions in three simultaneous tracks. Call for Papers Here.

The three-day event will take place June 24-26, 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA and will be colocated with CloudEXPO Silicon Valley!

Today we have announced our first 12 sessions. We are accepting speaking submissions for ServerlessSUMMIT through Friday, February 8th.

Our CloudEXPO Silicon Valley 2019 schedule showcases 200 presentations, including keynotes, technical sessions, general sessions, power panels, and hands-on tutorials presented by 150 rockstar speakers in the 10 hottest conference tracks of 2019. We are excited to add the ServerlessSUMMIT to this lineup!

Cloud-Native thinking and Serverless Computing are now the norm in financial services, manufacturing, telco, healthcare, transportation, energy, media, entertainment, retail and other consumer industries, as well as the public sector.

The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.

As they do so, IT professionals are also embracing the reality of Serverless architectures, which are critical to developing and operating real-time applications and services. Serverless is particularly important as enterprises of all sizes develop and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives.

Serverless and Kubernetes are great examples of continuous, rapid pace of change in enterprise IT. They also raise a number of critical issues and questions about employee training, development processes, and operational metrics.

DevOpsSUMMIT at CloudEXPO Celebrates Its 12th Event in Six Years

ServerlessSUMMIT and DevOpsSUMMIT at CloudEXPO expands the DevOps community, enable a wide sharing of knowledge, and educate delegates and technology providers alike.

There's a real need for serious conversations about Serverless and Kubernetes among the people who are doing this work and managing it.

So we are very pleased today to announce the ServerlessSUMMIT at CloudEXPO.

At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throughout enterprises of all sizes.

CloudEXPO Has Been the M&A Capital For Cloud Companies

CloudEXPO has been the M&A capital for Cloud companies for more than a decade with memorable acquisition news stories which came out of CloudEXPO expo floor. DevOpsSUMMIT New York faculty member Greg Bledsoe shared his views on IBM's Red Hat acquisition live from NASDAQ floor. Acquisition news was announced during CloudEXPO New York which took place November 12-13, 2019 in New York City.

Our Silicon Valley 2019 schedule will showcase 200 keynotes, sessions, general sessions, power panels, and hands on tutorials presented by 150 rockstar speakers in 10 hottest conference tracks of 2019:

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» FinTechEXPO Blockchain
» DXWorldEXPO Digital Transformation
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» IoT | IIoT | Smart Cities
» Mobility | Security
» Enterprise Cloud Hot Topics

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FinTech and Blockchain Are Now Part of CloudEXPO 2019 Program

Financial enterprises in New York City, London, Singapore, and other world financial capitals are embracing a new generation of smart, automated FinTech that eliminates many cumbersome, slow, and expensive intermediate processes from their businesses.

Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 23rd CloudEXPO, June 24-26, 2019 at Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA will find fresh new content in full new FinTech & Enterprise Blockchain track.

DXWorldEXPO Showcases Cutting-Edge IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Digital Transformation

Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation. DX encompasses the continuing technology revolution, and is addressing society's most important issues throughout the entire $78 trillion 21st-century global economy.

DXWorldEXPO® has organized these issues along 10 tracks, 22 keynotes and general sessions, and a faculty of 222 of the world's top speakers.

DXWorldEXPO® has three major themes on its conference agenda:

Technology - The Revolution Continues
Economy - The 21st Century Emerges
Society - The Big Issues

Global 2000 companies have more than US$40 trillion in annual revenue - more than 50% of the world's entire GDP. The Global 2000 spends a total of US$2.4 trillion annually on enterprise IT. The average Global 2000 company has US$11 billion in annual revenue. The average Global 2000 company spends more than $600 million annually on enterprise IT. Governments throughout the world spend another US$500 billion on IT - much of it dedicated to new Smart City initiatives.

For the past 10 years CloudEXPO® helped drive the migration to modern enterprise IT infrastructures, built upon the foundation of cloud computing. Today's hybrid, multiple cloud IT infrastructures integrate Big Data, analytics, blockchain, the IoT, mobile devices, and the latest in cryptography and enterprise-grade security.

Digital Transformation is the key issue driving the global enterprise IT business. DX is most prominent among Global 2000 enterprises and government institutions.

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DXWorldEXPO LLC is a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based trade show company and the creator of DXWorldEXPO - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo. The company produces and presents the world's most influential technology events including CloudEXPO, DevOpsSUMMIT, and FinTechEXPO.

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