Open-source container orchestration system Kubernetes continues to defy expectations of all kinds when it comes to growth. The community and those who have embraced it are growing at an amazing rate.
For example, more than 4,000 people now appear when searching for “Kubernetes” on LinkedIn. The growth in talent is even more impressive considering the Kubernetes project has only been out of beta for about 11 months. For example, more people list Kubernetes in their profiles than the much older Apache Mesos and Cloud Foundry, an accomplishment that is mirrored in both Stack Overflow questions and Google Trends search interest.
Another impressive metric that Apprenda has tracked for several months is the growth in people joining Kubernetes-focused Meetup groups. There are more than 28,000 members of Kubernetes Meetups across 70 cities. In fact, we have thrown our own Kubernetes Meetup every month since March and the attendance for each has typically been between 70 and 100 people.
These events have served as a means to highlight integrations, perform workshops, and demo new features of Kubernetes releases. They have become a great way to build the community and because of that, they need to be organized democratically.
Moving forward, it would be nice to see the following:
As the infographic below shows, Kubernetes Meetups are as healthy as the rest of the community. Let’s ensure they remain that way by keeping them democratic and about the OSS project, not a single vendor’s attempt at marketing or lead generation.