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KubeCon 2021 Q&A: CAST AI Showcases Automating Cloud Optimization to the World of Kubernetes

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KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2021.  Will you be in attendance?  If so, VMblog invites you to swing by and check out the CAST AI booth in the sponsor showcase.

Read this exclusive KubeCon pre-show interview between VMblog and Laurent Gil, co-founder and CPO at CAST AI.  Their AI-driven cloud optimization platform slashes cloud costs, optimizes DevOps, and automates disaster prevention.

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VMblog:  As a KubeCon 2021 sponsor, how excited is your company to be back at an in-person trade show event?  And is your team prepared for what's to come?  Do you anticipate any challenges? 

Laurent Gil: We're thrilled to be back at KubeCon's in-person event and look forward to meeting all the cloud native leaders and innovators face to face again. We have prepared a bunch of attractions at our booth and our team is ready to step back into action after a year of virtual-only events.

VMblog:  How can people find you at the show this year?  Can you give VMblog readers a sneak peek as to what you will be showing off at your booth?  What should attendees expect to see and hear at your booth?

Gil: Our booth is going to be super exciting this year since we have some pretty major news coming up. KubeCon attendees will also be able to see many interesting demos and take part in prize raffles.

VMblog:  Attendees always enjoy a good trade show tchotchke. Are you giving away any prizes at your booth or participating in any prize giveaways?

Gil: We're going to have exciting prize giveaways for five PS5 consoles and two Oculus Quest 2 sets.

VMblog:  What do you attribute to the success and growth of this industry and the KubeCon event itself?

Gil: Cloud native technologies are becoming a major player on the global tech scene and we're excited to be a part of the open-source community. As members of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, we're passionate about supporting that ecosystem and sponsoring events like KubeCon.

VMblog:  What are you most interested in hearing about at this year's KubeCon event?

Gil: It's great to see so many project office hours at KubeCon and get to hear from the end-users of these solutions. I'm particularly interested in talks that show how cloud native technologies are impacting the world via end-user communities. I also look forward to the session co-hosted by our Product Marketing Manager, Annie Talvasto: How Event Driven Autoscaling in Kubernetes Can Combat Climate Change (more info here).

VMblog:  What are some of the reasons why you believe a KubeCon attendee should add you to their MUST SEE list?

Gil: We have some really great announcements coming up, we will cut your cloud bill in half, and entering into a raffle for PS5 doesn't hurt either!

VMblog:  How does your company or product fit within the container, cloud, Kubernetes ecosystem?

Gil: We are a cloud native and Kubernetes native solution that addresses a problem experienced by more and more companies: cloud costs spiraling out of control. The way Kubernetes works makes cost management and optimization particularly challenging. CAST AI aims to free software engineers from routine, low-level tasks related to managing and cost optimizing their infrastructure so they can innovate faster.

VMblog:  Can you give us the high-level rundown of your company's technology offerings?  Explain to readers who you are, what you do, what problems you solve, etc.

Gil: CAST AI brings automated cloud optimization to the world of Kubernetes. The platform cuts the cloud bill in half, automates many routine DevOps tasks, and guarantees business continuity by preventing downtime. Our blend of automation and optimization algorithms empowers teams to build products faster instead of managing the infrastructure.

VMblog:  And while talking about your products, can you give readers a few examples of how your offerings are unique?  What are your differentiators?

Gil: Our key differentiator is the fact that we're Kubernetes native and we automate all the key areas that affect the cloud bill when using solutions like Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service, Google Kubernetes Engine, and Azure Kubernetes Service.

VMblog:  If an attendee likes what they see and hear at your booth, what message about your product can you send them back with to sell their boss on your technology?

Gil: CAST AI uses automation to reduce the operational costs of using cloud services and enables engineers to focus on building great products instead of worrying about their cloud infrastructure. Companies that use CAST AI will see higher profit margins without any additional work, combined with efficient use of engineering resources and greater control of their cloud environments.

VMblog:  Normally at the KubeCon event, sponsors are showcasing new products or new product updates and features for the first time.  Do you have anything new that you've either recently announced or plan to discuss in more detail at the event?  Can we get a sneak peek?

Gil: We're going to share a few very exciting announcements about both our company and product, so stay tuned!

VMblog:  At what stage do you feel we are at with regard to cloud cost optimization? 

Gil: Legacy cost optimization is about gathering data and creating a detailed snapshot of your cloud spend to identify potential candidates for optimization. There are plenty of tools out there that help with this - but most of the time, they only offer static recommendations for engineers to implement. The time and effort this implementation takes is an added cost. And since optimizing cloud costs is often a point-in-time activity that requires a lot of expertise, why not leave the job to AI? Solutions like CAST AI can react to changes in resource demands or provider pricing immediately, opening the doors to greater savings without adding any extra engineering hours.

VMblog:  There will be plenty of interesting topics covered during the KubeCon keynotes and breakout sessions.  But can you take this opportunity to share your own thoughts about any big changes or directions you see for this industry?  What trends do you see?

Gil: The cloud native sector is maturing, so the industry is definitely growing in the direction of consolidation and management. There are so many interesting solutions on the market and teams are eager to use them - but combining them in one setup that works is challenging. Managing this complexity is definitely the goal of many teams today, and automation - including cloud cost optimization - is a powerful driving force of that trend too. The focus on security is increasing on all these fronts as well.

VMblog:  Do you have any tips for first time attendees that you'd like to share?

Gil: Check out the 101 tracks, you'll find a lot of curated content that's just perfect for first time attendees. Take advantage of the networking opportunities (both in-person and virtual) - there are project office hours, you can talk to the project maintainers, attend networking events, and - of course - talk to the sponsors to find out more about the cloud native landscape. And don't forget to stop by the CAST AI booth!

VMblog:  What would you say to prospective attendees who are thinking about attending KubeCon but aren't sure if it's worth it or not?

Gil: It's definitely worth attending KubeCon this year because the scene gets together after a long break, it's the first in-person event in a while. And both this and virtual events are a great opportunity to learn more about the cloud native landscape and new upcoming tech from sponsors and community contributors.

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Published Friday, October 01, 2021 8:42 AM by David Marshall
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