Apcera’s Ken Robertson: Containers All the Way Down

22 Apr 2016 10:41am, by

Ken Robertson
Ken Robertson is the lead architect at Apcera. He specializes in building and understanding backend infrastructure. He enjoys blurring the lines between architect, developer, and operations. His experience includes time at startups including Telligent (now Zimbra), Involver (acquired by Oracle), and Demandbase.

Developers need to have flexibility, but trust and the ability to manage users are just as important. Policy-driven workflow automation is the sweet spot for Apcera, which offers a cluster management applicator suite with strong system governance and policy management.

In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, the New Stack Founder Alex Williams spoke with Ken Robertson to learn more about how Apcera handles workflow automation, as well as to discuss the overall container development landscape, and the changing needs of cluster management, scheduling, and orchestration as a whole.

A policy-driven workflow management system requires not only “policy aspects for defining who can do it and with what, but also mechanisms for defining it: How does the platform know the workload needs this and not that,” Robertson said.

The interview was part of a series for our new eBook on container orchestration and automation, out next week.

The talk is also available on YouTube.

When it comes to orchestration, Robertson is enthusiastic about Apcera’s future projects making use of Kubernetes. “It’s very attractive for innovating with multiple container engines. Apcera has an open source project, Kurma, for our container engine. We’re working on adding Kubernetes support to it. It’s an open community for some of these things to be pluggable. And the scheduler in there, in their cases is one interesting place, it’s also very pluggable and extensible.”

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