JAX London 2018 panel

What does cloud native Java really mean to developers?

JAXenter Editorial Team
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JAX London 2018 has come to an end but the things we experienced and learned will stay with us for quite some time! One of the most interesting and informative sessions during Day 1 of this year’s JAX London was the panel on cloud native Java with 5 amazing speakers!

‘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 make you Cloud native, while some seem to pack everything into Docker and run it with Kubernetes.

What are the true colors of cloud native, what Java devs have to learn (or maybe unlearn), and why should we care about cloud native development?

During this JAX London 2018 panel, we had a very fruitful conversation with our amazing speakers Daniel Bryant, Jessica Deen, Sebastian Meyen, Steve Poole, and Martijn Verburg who offered some invaluable advice.

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

Jessica Deen


Daniel Bryant works as an Independent Technical Consultant. He currently specializes in enabling continuous delivery within organizations through the identification of value streams, creation of build pipelines, and implementation of effective testing strategies. Daniel’s current technical expertise focuses on ‘DevOps’ tooling, cloud/container platforms, and microservice implementations. He also contributes to several open source projects, writes for InfoQ, O’Reilly, and Voxxed, and regularly presents at international conferences such as OSCON, QCon, and JavaOne.


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.


Sebastian Meyen is Chief Content Officer at S&S Media. He has been actively involved with the IT industry for more than ten years. As a journalist, he is constantly in touch with thought leaders in software development and architecture. He is editor in chief of the German-speaking Java Magazin and program chair of the JAX conferences since 2001. Prior to joining S&S Media, he studied philosophy and anthropology in Frankfurt, Germany.


Steve Poole is Developer Advocate, DevOps practitioner (whatever that means), a long time IBM Java developer, leader and evangelist. I’ve been working on IBM Java SDKs and JVMs since Java was less than 1. Also had time to work on other things including representing IBM on various JSRs, being a committer on various open source projects including ones at Apache, Eclipse, and OpenJDK. Also a member of the Adopt OpenJDK group championing community involvement in OpenJDK. A seasoned speaker and a regular presenter at JavaOne and other conferences on technical and software engineering topics.


Martijn Verburg (CEO – jClarity) has over 15 years experience as a technology professional and OSS mentor in a variety of environments from start-ups to large enterprises. He is the leader of the London Java Community (over 6000 developers), and leads the global effort of Java User Groups who contribute to Java standards as well as to the Java language and platform itself. Martijn’s first book “The Well-Grounded Java Developer” is being published by Manning. His talks and presentations are in high demand by major conferences (JavaOne, Devoxx, OSCON, FOSDEM, TSSJS, JFokus, SDC, etc) where he is known for challenging the industry status quo as the “Diabolical Developer”.

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Vijay Singh Khatri
Vijay Singh Khatri
3 years ago

Great Post. It is necessary for all the developers to learn and understand the importance of cloud-native java.