Meet The Container Experts: Michael Hausenblas

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background, how did you get involved with containers and join Red Hat?

So I’ve been active in the container space for the past couple of years, focusing on container orchestration as well as low-level topics like debugging of containers. I joined Red Hat recently, previously working at Mesosphere and before that at MapR, so naturally interested in all aspects of data pipelines. These days I focus on Kubernetes and how to use OpenShift as a full-blown Kubernetes distribution, offering end-to-end developer workflows.

Container adoption is on the rise in Australia, what lessons can companies learn from early adopters in other parts of the world?

I’m based out of Ireland and mainly familiar with what’s going on in Europe but there are certain developments that seem to be going on on both sides of the pond. There’s certainly a convergence and commoditization noticable on the container run-time level and increasingly on the orchestration level. Teams that have successfully adopted containers typically have done their homework around immutable infrastructure, CI/CD pipelines and container base image hygiene and subscribed to the devops mentality.

Is there someone in the container community (outside of Red Hat) who you admire for their work?

Sure thing, a couple of folks, including Jessie Frazelle, Liz Rice, Bryan Liles, and Armon Dadgar. They’ve advanced the space with their contributions be it code or presentations, oftentimes not as visible as the work would deserve.

Without giving too much away, what three things will people learn from your Container Camp AU talk?

Now, I’ll use OpenShift to explain how to develop and operate containerized apps end-to-end. We will look into stateful and stateless services, how Source-2-Image helps to get features faster to the end-user as well as dive into troubleshooting of containers and Kubernetes.