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Canonical Presence at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022


on 18 October 2022

This article was last updated 1 year ago.

Strictly Confined MicroK8s, ClusterAPI Provisioning for MicroK8s, Operator Day and Numerous Presentations from Industry Experts

Canonical, the publishers of Ubuntu, will once again have a major presence at this year’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America as a platinum sponsor. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference brings together adopters and technologists from leading open-source and cloud-native communities. It takes place Oct. 24-28, 2022, in Detroit, and includes a virtual option.

Ubuntu is the foundation for the three public cloud providers’ managed Kubernetes services – Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKS) – which is why it is the only OS that can seamlessly support workloads on any of them.

Canonical’s main activities at the conference will include:

Showcasing of Security-First Kubernetes with Strictly Confined MicroK8, Now Generally Available

Canonical is taking security one step further with Strictly Confined MicroK8s. Now generally available, Strictly Confined MicroK8s is a snap confinement level that provides complete isolation, up to a minimal access level that’s always deemed safe. 

Strictly confined snaps cannot access files, networks, processes, or any other system resource without requesting specific access and uses security features of the Linux kernel, including AppArmor, seccomp, and namespaces to prevent applications and services from accessing the wider system.

Canonical will be showcasing both Strictly Confined MicroK8s and ClusterAPI: MicroK8s at booth P28.

ClusterAPI: MiroK8s on your Cloud

Canonical will also be unveiling ClusterAPI provisioning, enabling MicroK8s anywhere, at KubeCon North America. End users are consuming Kubernetes in ever more ways. ClusterAPI has stood out as the de facto standard that the industry is gravitating towards for the provisioning and management of Kubernetes at scale. Canonical’s ClusterAPI: MicroK8s can be deployed on any infrastructure provider supported by ClusterAPI.

To learn more, please stop by booth P28, Canonical will be showcasing both Strictly Confined MicroK8s and ClusterAPI: MicroK8s there. 

The Fifth Edition of Virtual Operator Day

This popular Canonical-hosted virtual event, being held on Monday, October 24, from KubeCon North America, celebrates software operators, which are crucial in the Kubernetes landscape. 

The event will focus on use cases where software operators have been applied successfully. Join to hear about experiences in building software operators using Juju, an open-source operator lifecycle manager, and more. To learn more, go to: And to register, go to:

Updates on Canonical’s work with Kubernetes

Canonical will highlight the extent and range of companies and industries using Ubuntu and Kubernetes to power their innovation. Ubuntu is the #1 OS for Kubernetes across the [major public] clouds, featuring strong security, best-of-breed infrastructure and app lifecycle automation, top price-performance, conformity with all Kubernetes distributions, and more than decade’s experience of working with the world’s top companies. Canonical offers two Kubernetes distributions – Charmed Kubernetes and MicroK8s – to address the full range of enterprise infrastructure, from public cloud to on-prem, to edge/IoT.

Canonical Presentations

Several presentations from industry experts are planned throughout the week, including:

Tuesday, October 25 at 3:10pm ET

MLOps Pipelines to Deliver Tf.Lite Models to Distributed Compute Pools at the Edge – Maciej Mazur, Canonical

This session will be a demo showcasing an automated pipeline that allows you to train an ML model in the public/private cloud then transform it into a tf.lite format and orchestrates delivery to distributed compute pools at the edge. 

Wednesday, October 26 at 11:00am ET

Building a Day1/Day2 Application Operations Platform On CNCF Projects. – Alois Reitbauer, Dynatrace & Alex Jones, Canonical 

This talk will cover all major aspects of the application lifecycle from build, test over to provision, delivery and release all the way to operational management and showcase different tools and how they can be used and combined together.

Thursday, October 27 at 3:25pm ET

Kubernetes For GPU Powered Machine Learning Workloads In Academia – Camille Rodriguez, Canonical & John-Paul Robinson, University of Alabama at Birmingham 

This session aims to inform the architects and users of Kubernetes, as well as teams planning to transition to Kubernetes for research purposes, about how Canonical designed a high-performing Kubernetes cluster specifically geared towards ML and AI workloads.

Friday, October 28 at 2:00pm ET

Turn Me On With Cloud-Native Feature Flags! – Alex Jones, Canonical

In this talk, we look specifically at the Kubernetes-native implementation of Open Feature and illustrate how multiple types of pod workloads can now leverage feature flags.

To schedule an interview with a Canonical executive, please send an email to

Presentations at the booth

Charmed Magma by Pedro Leão da Cruz:

Magma is an open-source software platform that gives network operators an open, flexible and extendable mobile core network solution. In this demo, we will use Charmed Operators to deploy and operate a multi-region instance of Magma running in two public clouds and locally.

  • Wednesday, October 26 at 10:30am
  • Thursday, October 27 at 2:00pm
  • Friday, October 28 at 1:30pm 

Strict MicroK8s by Alex Jones: 

In this demo we will identify the necessity and benefits of strict confinement with MicroK8s.

The speaker will take the listeners through installation to the utilisation of strictly confined MicroK8s, enabling them to learn how to immediately benefit from hardening your Kubernetes environment.

  • Wednesday, October 26 at 4:00pm
  • Thursday, October 27 at 10:30am

How to win a Starcraft game with your son using MLFlow by Maciej Mazur :

See how MLFlow can help you to train a machine learning model to play a game of Starcraft 2 and what an MLOps pipeline looks like

  • Wednesday, October 26 at 2pm
  • Thursday, October 27 at 4pm

Video-on-Demand Streaming Service on Canonical MicroK8s with Ampere Altra platform by Peter Pouliot (Ampere Computing):

Video on Demand (VOD) usage is increasing globally, driving demand for power-efficient video encoding with low latency video streaming. Learn how to build cloud-native VOD solutions utilizing open-source components using containerized microservices on Kubernetes that are highly performant, energy efficient, and cost-effective

Friday, October 28th at 10:30am


Several different demos will be demonstrated at the Canonical booth.

Charmed Kubernetes on Charmed Openstack: see how Kubernetes integrates seamlessly with Openstack features when deploying it in virtual machines on top of Openstack. Kubernetes can leverage the Octavia Load-Balancer, the same authentication mechanisms, and more. 

MicroK8s with Kubescape: Visualisation of Kubernetes security issues has never been easier with MicroK8s and Kubescape. In this demo you’ll be able to see how you can single-line install MicroK8s and scan for misconfigurations, container issues and cluster vulnerabilities with Kubescape.

AI demo with Kubeflow on top of Kubernetes: Meet and greet a talking jellyfish, and sneak a peek behind the scene of a real-world AI/ML project. See how a Computer Vision Deep Learning model, GPT-powered chatbot, cloud services and Charmed Kubeflow work in tandem to talk with you.

Video-on-Demand Streaming Service on Canonical MicroK8s with Ampere® Altra® platform: Together with our partner Ampere Computing, we will be presenting a high – performant, energy-efficient and cost-effective proof-of-concept Video-on-Demand streaming service. The proof-of-concept will highlight how to utilize open-source components using containerized microservices on MicroK8s together with a cloud-native Ampere platform for optimal performance and efficiency.

About Canonical

Canonical is the publisher of Ubuntu, the operating system for most public cloud workloads as well as the emerging categories of smart gateways, self-driving cars and advanced robots. Canonical provides enterprise security, support and services to commercial users of Ubuntu. Established in 2004, Canonical is a privately held company.

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