Speaker Interview: Sidhartha Mani

Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

A: I've been working on Kubernetes for the better part of the last year and been working with other orchestrators (Swarm, Mesos, Rancher etc.) ever since I started working at Rancher Labs as a founding engineer 2.5 years ago. I have made meaningful contributions to open software projects such as Docker and Kubernetes. I am the author of the json-log driver in Docker. I am also the author of the cloudprovider enhancements in Kubernetes. So far, I've fallen in love with the idea of understanding this industry at large by learning about all the little gears and cogs that make it up - i.e. diving deep into open source projects really opened up my eyes to the pain points faced by many infrastructure operators and sys-admins. For eg, while adding the cloudprovider enhancements in Kubernetes, I realized that setting up and running Kubernetes is a very hard task, and requires a lot of effort. This was an opportunity for me and many others to make this process easier. The saying - 'the devil is in the details' holds up well. I like to understand these difficult details and figure out how to fix issues with it. I also love to share these learning through talks and meetups - to hopefully alleviate some of the above mentioned pain points for others.


Q: You're giving a talk on Orchestrating Orchestrators - Challenges faced and lessons learned from managing Kubernetes at scale. Without tipping your hand on the actual talk, can you give us an idea of what we might expect?

A: My talk follows along the same lines as my beliefs and thoughts. I'll be talking about how to best setup Kubernetes in a cluster. I've seen many sys-admins spend months to understand and setup Kubernetes. There are lot of critical decisions involved in setting this software up, and using it. I plan to go over the critical parts of the setup and making the decision process easier for various users of Kubernetes.


Q: Is this your first visit to SCALE? If so, what are your expectations? If not, can you give us your impressions of the event?

A: This is my first visit to SCALE. My understanding is that this is a purely user conference, and I really admire that there is no corporate agenda behind different talks. I hope to meet potential collaborators for existing and upcoming projects, and also help whomever I can with my existing knowledge.


Q: Is this your first time talking at a conference? What do you hope to achieve with this talk?


A: Yes, this is my first talk ever at a conference! I'm really excited to be here. Most importantly, I hope that people who come here learn the best ways to setup and run Kubernetes through this talk. Then I'll consider this talk a success.