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August 13–August 16, 2020

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Saturday, August 15 • 16:25 - 17:00
Banking on Kubernetes, the Hard Way, in Production - Miles Bryant & Suhail Patel, Monzo Bank

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to deploy and operate Kubernetes at scale, in production? Self hosted clusters often have a bad reputation as a complex and costly choice when compared to managed services. Let’s look at an alternative viewpoint and evaluate the tradeoffs.

Monzo started self hosting Kubernetes out of necessity a few years ago when managed services were in their infancy. In this talk, Miles and Suhail will explain why Monzo has chosen to continue operating their own clusters, and how this can be a viable option.

This talk discusses Monzo’s experiences with operating, upgrading, customising and configuring the control plane, networking and cloud integrations. We think this has been the best choice, but we also want to discuss the challenges we’ve faced along the way - like the time when network policies took down a large chunk of Monzo's cluster.


Miles Bryant

Platform Engineer, Monzo Bank
Miles is an Engineer on the Platform Squad. He focuses on scaling our Kubernetes and monitoring infrastructure to cater for the over 1500 microservices running the bank. Miles has spoken at various meetups like the Kubernetes London Meetup, Open Infra Days and the Prometheus London... Read More →
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Suhail Patel

Platform Engineer, Monzo Bank
Suhail is an Engineer on the Platform Squad. He focuses on reliability and database operations, ensuring that Monzo customers have access to managing their money 24/7. Suhail has spoken at other conferences such as SRECon Ireland 2019 and QCon London 2019. He has also spoken in various... Read More →

Saturday August 15, 2020 16:25 - 17:00
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