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Thursday, May 6 • 12:25 - 13:00
Building a Community: How Cortex Went from a Vendor Project to a Community - Goutham Veeramachaneni, Grafana Labs

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In 2018, Cortex was largely vendor-driven, and almost no one other than maintainers could run it. Its docs were lacking; you had to read the code instead. While that might be acceptable for a new project, it's not for wide adoption. Over the last few years, since joining the CNCF, we have put a focus on building a vibrant community. It was a long and arduous journey, but we're very happy with the healthy community we have today, with maintainers from 5 different companies and a 5x increase in activity on the Cortex Slack and GitHub! While our _public_ adopters document lists more than 15 companies, with several providing Cortex as a service, we have a lot more companies running it, from international banks and Fortune 50 enterprises to small startups. In this talk, we will walk through the key changes we made and how our philosophy on community-building helped us thrive and led to fruitful collaboration with sibling projects Thanos and Prometheus.

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Goutham Veeramachaneni

Senior Software Engineer, Grafana Labs
Goutham is a maintainer of Prometheus and Cortex monitoring systems and a senior software engineer at Grafana Labs.He spent most of his coding career working with and contributing to OSS software. After an internship and a gap semester contributing to OSS software, he now works at... Read More →

Thursday May 6, 2021 12:25 - 13:00 CEST
Community Theater