Meet The Container Experts: Vincent De Smet

Container Camp
May 7, 2017 · 2 min read

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background, how did you get involved in containers and join Honestbee?

I initially got involved with containers as I was running game servers on a shared system in my spare time and wanted isolation with close to bare metal performance. I really liked the user experience improvements Docker made to Linux Container technology and I became quite active in the Docker Saigon (Vietnam) User Group, both as a speaker and an organiser. At that time my full time job involved a lot of traveling and as I came to some other countries, I always looked for local Docker communities.

I had written several blog posts as well and as a result of me getting in touch with several communities around the world as well as blogging about their solution, Docker invited me to be recognised as a Docker Captain. At about the same time I had an opportunity to join Honestbee as a DevOps engineer and I’ve been very lucky to work in such a forward thinking company and apply the usage of containers in my day job.

You are a Docker Captain as well as a Kubernetes Advocate for GCP Singapore User Group. How do you see the container ecosystem evolving in Southeast Asia?

In SEA (China/Thailand/Vietnam/Indonesia/Philippines), the interest and adoption of containers is quite high, in Singapore however the interest is there, but the adoption is a little bit slower. Startups that adopt these technologies from the start have been able to move very fast, which has put the bigger players on notice.

Is there someone in the container community who you admire for their work?

Kelsey Hightower is an inspiration to me and many others I meet and I’m very much looking forward to meet people such as Michael Hausenblas, Diogo Mónica and Michelle Noorali who will be at Container Camp and for whom I have a lot of respect for the work they do in the community.

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

How can containers be used to provide powerful ChatOps commands. What does it take to use a platform such as Operable Cog and what are the areas I hope to see some development.


Join Vincent for his talk Distributed Command Execution using Containers and Cog at Container Camp AU on May 22–24 in Sydney.

Container Camp

Meet the Container Experts

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The world’s leading independent conference on container technology. Melbourne, May 23–25, 2018 | London, Sept 6–7th, 2018.

Container Camp

Meet the Container Experts

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