Where is Europe standing with containerization? – Interview with Sebastian Scheele, CEO and a Co-founder of Loodse
On March, 29-30, CloudNativeCon + KubeCon Europe 2017 is taking place. Where is Europe standing with containerization?
SS: I think we can say that containers have found their way across the Atlantic. Compared to the US, adoption is still lagging behind, but I am sure that Europe will catch up in the years to come. Two years ago, containers were still a niche topic, but now everybody is curious about containers, and more and more companies are starting to play around with the new technologies.
Over the last years, you’ve been travelling a lot to the US. What is your impression? Do European and US companies have different approaches to the digital transformation and the transition towards cloud native technologies?
SS: In Europe, things change slower. Especially among the big industrial corporations, the tendency is to first observe and then start to experiment. It is no accident that Germans have the reputation of being rather risk-averse and having high security needs. Also, sometimes, regulatory issues slow things down, too. But things are also about to change in that regard. Most corporations have realized the need to change and to become more agile – even if they do not always know how. But the young generation of engineers are coming up with a lot of dynamic and fresh ideas that has been giving our industry a push in the right direction.
In which way does your company Loodse contribute to the container and cloud native technology growth?
SS: At Loodse, we have developed Kubermatic, a Cluster-as-a-Service that makes Kubernetes business-ready. Kubermatic empowers companies to set-up fully-managed Kubernetes clusters at the click of a button, both in private and public clouds, and in your own datacenter. With our solution, we want to push the widespread deployment of container and container cluster.
What will the next 12 months bring for containers in Europe?
SS: I am sure we will see more and more companies adopting containers and gradually shifting their workloads towards some kind of cloud. Plus, companies are slowly but surely becoming more daring and keen to experiment. Recently, I have been getting a lot more requests of customers that plan to run containers in production, or switch over to hybrid cloud scenarios.
Where do you see Europe standing in three years’ time?
SS: In three years from now, containers and distributed applications will have hopefully become the standard for most companies. Plus, I’d love to see a big and diversified container and cloud native landscape, with many different services and providers, so that every company can find a set-up that is perfectly tailored to its needs.
Which markets do you consider particularly important for container and cloud native solutions?
SS: Needless to say, the US market is key. Within Europe, the most important economic players (the UK, the Netherlands, France, and Germany) are certainly leading, but one should not forget the emerging countries either. I spent a couple of days in India, where containers and Kubernetes are considered to be the next big thing, too.
What would you recommend that US companies in the field of cloud native technologies should keep in mind when dealing with companies in Europe?
SS: First, understand their excitement for the immense potential of cloud native technologies. Then give them confidence for the necessary changes in the process. The transition to cloud native technologies and distributed applications requires a radical rethinking and a shift of paradigm. You will only get there with the right degree of cultural sensitivity.