At the most recent German edition of the Continuous Lifecycle conference in Mannheim, Alexis Richardson delivered the opening keynote “Cloud Native Transformation - the past, present and future”.

Alexis took the audience through a brief history tour of the term and meaning behind “cloud native”, followed by an introduction to the “Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)” where he chairs the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee. The CNCF acts as a vendor neutral home to Kubernetes and other projects that have some of the fastest adoption rates in the history of open source.

Kubernetes, the second largest open source project of all time, is one of the cornerstones of the cloud native transformation as a catalyst for scalability, automatic deployments and parallel deployment options. The cloud native revolution and its projects such as Kubernetes, Prometheus, Envoy and so forth matter from a business point of view:

We need to stop writing infrastructure… One day there will be cohorts of developers coming through that don’t write infrastructure code anymore. Just like probably not many of you build computers.

says Alexis Richardson, CEO of Weaveworks.

Diving into the topic of how cloud native projects further inspire new ways of working together, Alexis continued with the evolution of cloud practices that led us to DevOps and how cloud native leads us to GitOps. GitOps is an operating model for Kubernetes as well as the applications and services that run on top. It’s a way of increasing speed and reliability in development workflows.

Watch the talk in full or view the slides to learn about the core concepts of GitOps, including customer success stories, and how you can benefit from using this model.