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CNDM Day Europe 2021: It’s a Wrap — or Is It?

Our last Cloud Native Data Management Day, which was a co-located event held during KubeCon Europe 2021, is a wrap! We had lots of great speakers, keynotes and industry sponsors that made the event a huge success. In this post, we are going to touch on some of the highlights. So, sit back and enjoy some of the content from the event.


The key ingredient to the success of Cloud Native Data Management Day is community, closely followed by the content that the community creates and shares with the wider audience. Content from the event helps to help enable and enhance everyone’s knowledge around storage and data management.

This and future events are designed to bring together and grow this community of Kubernetes and cloud-native data management enthusiasts, regardless of position. We all have a role to play when it comes to managing data.

The community welcomes users, developers and vendors of cloud native storage, backup and other aspects of data management.


We had a packed agenda. I thought the content was fantastic — and to get so much useful information into less than five hours was incredible.

We kicked off our day with a keynote presentation from Nigel Poulton, a techoholic who spends his life creating books and training videos on the latest and greatest cloud technologies. He’s the author of best-selling books on Docker and Kubernetes, as well as the most popular online training videos on the same topics. Here’s a link to a recording of the presentation: Kubernetes and Data – is now the time?

After Nigel’s keynote, we broke into the session tracks. When I created the content schedule, I wanted to provide something for everyone. My biggest ask behind the call for papers was to keep a community focus We didn’t want product or vendor pitches, but insights into different levels of thinking.  Below were the tracks I planned, and my goal was to find the best sessions possible that aligned with those tracks. The community responded by providing some amazing sessions:

Depending on where you are in your learning journey, you’re probably dealing with Kubernetes storage, and you’ll need to understand the Kubernetes CSI. What better way to learn more about the CSI than from Xing Yang, Tech Lead, VMware & Jan Šafránek, Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat, along with Kubernetes SIG-Storage leads? Here’s a link to the session: What’s new in Kubernetes CSI

Next up was Rob Richardon, who tackled migration. During his presentation, Rob took the audience on a demo-only journey through data and state: Making Kubernetes – How we build things.

Hakim Weathersppon showed us how to keep costs for a stateful application under control, by using cheap spot markets: Reliably running stateful application containers in cheap spot markets

However, the event was not all about technical deep-dive demos and theory sessions. We also wanted to hear from industry experts and their opinions on the state of the stateful landscape. To that end, Nigel Poulton led a panel discussion and some interesting conversations. Although not everyone agreed on various topics, some great ideas were flowing around how data management will evolve in the not-too-distant future. What is the now and future of data management in a container-centric world?

My favourite session of the day was delivered by a group of five amazing women from the world of cloud-native tech. They covered how IT operations has to adapt to this new(ish) world of containerisation, and what impact that has on people and processes. The panel was moderated by Camberley Bates from the Evaluator Group. To give you an idea of the breadth of experience on this panel, below is a list of the panelists:

  • Camberley Bates, Managing Director and Analyst – Evaluator Group
  • Krista Macomber, Senior Analyst – Evaluator Group
  • Xing Yang, Tech Lead, VMware
  • Audrey Reznik, Sr Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat Data Science
  • Kris Cowles, SVP, Information Technology, Topcon Positioning Systems
  • Gloria Semme, Engineering Manager Production Engineering, SoundCloud

If you are going to pick one session to catch up on, then this is the one: IT Operations adapts to containers: The Impact from people to process.

There were many more informative sessions. You can find all of the content and recordings here on the CNDM Day website.


Cloud Native Data Management Day was a huge success, and we hope you enjoy all of the great content. For these events to succeed, support from the community is essential. We invite you to share your stories from the field and solutions to problems, so other community members can benefit from everyone’s experiences.

We’ve all got our fingers crossed for an in-person event at KubeCon North America. We hope to be hosting a Cloud Native Data Management Day virtually and in-person later on this year, alongside KubeCon 2021 NA. Stay tuned for more information and the Call for Papers; so you can submit your session ideas.

In the meantime, we are opening up a call for content, being delivered on a monthly basis via a live stream over on the CNDM Day YouTube channel. Submit your sessions directly to me. I am really looking forward to building this community and collaborating with you all!