Henning Jacobs

Head of Developer Productivity @ Zalando

Henning joined Zalando in the beginning of 2010 and accompanied the transformation of Zalando’s technology department through the eras of PHP/MySQL and Java/PostgreSQL to the new world of “Radical Agility”. He helped building the AWS/STUPS cloud infrastructure to make innovation scale across autonomous teams. Henning is currently responsible for the developer journey at Zalando. His five teams help streamline the developer experience by providing a cloud-native application runtime to 200+ engineering teams.

talkRunning Kubernetes in Production: A Million Ways to Crash Your Cluster

Bootstrapping a Kubernetes cluster is easy, rolling it out to nearly 200 engineering teams and operating it at scale is a challenge. In this talk, we are presenting our approach to Kubernetes provisioning on AWS, operations and developer experience for our growing Zalando developer base. We will walk you through our horror stories of operating 80+ clusters and share the insights we gained from incidents, failures, user reports and general observations. Most of our learnings apply to other Kubernetes infrastructures (EKS, GKE, ..) as well. This talk strives to reduce the audience’s unknown unknowns about running Kubernetes in production.

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