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Video interview with Jessica Deen, Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft | JAX London 2018

“We’re drifting towards a cloud native era” 

JAX Editorial Team
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Gabriela Motroc interviewing Jessica Deen at JAX London 2018

We’re moving faster than we ever had before so we need to embrace the fact that we’re drifting towards a cloud native era. We caught up with Jessica Deen, Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft at JAX London 2018 to discuss how cloud native is shaking up the traditional workflow, the tooling, serverless and more.

Cloud native is one of those buzzwords we hear all the time but the concepts behind seem to be quite fuzzy. Some think that it’s all about virtualizing existing architecture paradigms so that they just run on cloud platforms. Others say that only Spring Boot/cloud can take you down the cloud native path, while some seem to pack everything into Docker and run it with Kubernetes.

In a panel at JAX London, Sebastian Meyen, Jessica Deen, Steve Poole, Martijn Verburg, and Daniel Bryant talked about what cloud native means for Java developers, its present, future, as well as the fear around its adoption. Jessica Deen noted that you should be comfortable with the fact that you don’t know everything. There are new technologies being constantly released. Be comfortable with the fact that you can’t know everything.

Using cloud native technology makes you portable and resilient. But it is scary. And you should know that you are not alone in that. Even the people in this panel feel this fear.

Jessica Deen

The panelists wrapped up their discussion by asking themselves the following question: What’s the cloud going to look like? Well, the answer was that we’re still just exploring. However, one thing is for certain. The monolithic days are behind us for good, according to Jessica Deen at least! 

Since their discussion was livestreamed, you can see it here:

After the panel, we caught up with Jessica Deen, Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft to discuss how cloud native is shaking up the traditional workflow, the tooling, serverless and more.

Here are a few quotes from the interview:

  • We’re drifting towards a cloud native era
  • Cloud native is already shaking up the traditional workflow
  • Containers are a huge part of cloud
  • Cloud native is not specifically tailored to any particular developer
  • The tooling is still being defined. Kubernetes is just a thing that’s gonna get us to the thing and whatever that is, it’s going to evolve and change.
  • Serverless is just another component, not the next phase of cloud native application development

SEE ALSO: JAX London 2018 Day 1: All the wisdom we gathered so far

Jessica Deen is a Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft focusing on Azure, Infrastructure, cloud and OSS. Prior to joining Microsoft, she spent over a decade as an IT Consultant / Systems Administrator for various corporate and enterprise environments, catering to end users and IT professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jessica holds two Microsoft Certifications (MCP, MSTS), 3 CompTIA certifications (A+, Network+, and Security+), 4 Apple Certifications, and is a former 4-year Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Windows and Devices for IT. In 2013, she also achieved her FEMA certification from the U.S Department of Homeland Security, which recognizes her leadership and influence abilities during times of crisis and emergency.