Containers and microservices become mainstream: Learn how they can work for you at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit


Docker CEO Steve Singh (left) and chief product officer Scott Johnston explained the container movement at the 2017 GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Over the last several years, containers and microservices have become some of the most quickly adopted enterprise software development technologies this industry has yet to produce. But there’s still a lot of work ahead, as companies move their container efforts from testing to production and start refactoring big monolithic applications to benefit from the agility that comes from microservices.

That’s why we’ve made containers, microservices, and the accompanying DevOps opportunities and challenges that tend to accompany them, as one of our five technical tracks at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit this June 27th at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The early adopters might have honed their strategies at this point, but there are still lots of lessons to be learned about adopting these technologies, including whether or not it makes sense at all for your particular environment.

You’ll hear from big companies and startups that are working to advance the state of this technology and help companies get the most out of their investment in containers. Early-bird tickets are on sale until May 18th, so go here to purchase yours today.

Sri Viswanath, chief technology officer at Atlassian, will explain how the huge software-development toolmaker migrated its applications to the cloud and microservices. Bassam Tabbara, founder and CEO of Seattle’s Upbound, will talk about the opportunities presented by Kubernetes, the container-orchestration platform that is becoming a fundamental layer of the cloud.

Sri Viswanath, chief technology officer, Atlassian. (Atlassian Photo)

Tamar Ellen from IBM will provide an overview of Istio, a very interesting open-source project from IBM, Google, and Lyft that creates a service mesh to link microservices. And Padmashree Koneti, engineering lead at Puppet, will share insights on how leading companies are adapting to this new world.

Other speakers at the event include Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure CTO; Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare, and Peter DeSantis, vice president of global infrastructure for Amazon Web Services. And the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit will be a great place to learn about other core cloud technologies, including artificial intelligence and serverless computing.

Padmashree Konetti, senior director of operations and engineering lead, Puppet (Puppet Photo)

Our goal with the Cloud Tech Summit is to host a platform-agnostic conference, where top technology minds can exchange information, lessons and insights about the future of computing. We think the Seattle area is the best place in the world for this type of conference given the heavy concentration of developers, engineers and technical leaders who are pushing the envelope in these fields. And with this year’s lineup, we think we’ve assembled the very best non-vendor aligned cloud computing conference in the industry.

More than 600 people attended the inaugural Cloud Tech Summit last year, which you can read about here. A third of attendees are engineers, developers, designers or technical leaders. This year, we’re expecting a bigger turnout, and we are also excited to showcase a business track that will dive into the economics, sales and marketing of cloud computing services, featuring leading venture capitalists, CIOs and analysts.

Make sure to grab your tickets today at the early-bird rates before prices go up. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s Cloud Tech Summit, please contact us at

A big thanks to the presenting sponsor of the 2018 GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit: Salesforce.

Also, thanks to platinum and gold sponsors: OfferUp, Stripe, Expedia, F5, and Skytap.

And to our silver, supporting and exhibitor sponsors: City of Bellevue, Moz, Acumatica, Colocation Northwest, Avalara, First Tech Federal Credit Union and Bellevue College.

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