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KubeCon 2021 Q&A: Slim.AI Will Showcase How to Deliver the Ultimate Developer Experience and How DevOps Can Get Code to Production Faster


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

Read this exclusive KubeCon pre-show interview between VMblog and Pieter van Noordennen, Senior Director of Growth at Slim.AI, a startup focused on creating better developer experiences for cloud-native application development.

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VMblog:  Tell us briefly what problem you're aiming to solve, perhaps starting with the concept of container optimization.

Pieter van Noordennen:  Slim.AI offers solutions that automatically optimize the composition and construction of containerized applications, improve build and deploy cycles, and provide deep insight to application behavior and performance. With Slim, developers can gain control over containerized app size, performance, cost, security and deployment times without specialized knowledge. Developers can focus on writing great code, maintain high velocity and easily "build, run and own" their apps with low overhead and DevOps burden.

Essentially, with Slim core DevOps teams can get code to production faster, enabling them to scale effectively, remain agile, and facilitate maximum developer productivity.

VMblog:  With KubeCon happening this week-in person again for the first time in two years - what will you be talking about at your booth?

Noordennen:  One of the big things we'll be talking about is the study we just finished in which we profiled the top 100 containers on Docker Hub from the point of view of the developer starting a project. We applied an array of proprietary and open-source tools, combined with the insights we've gleaned from talking to the container experts who use our DockerSlim open-source. We wanted to know: Is the container going to be easy to use? Is it efficient? Is it safe? Will it cause issues when I ship my application? We had some surprising takeaways and some findings that made perfect sense. We're releasing the report during KubeCon and believe it's going to be of great interest to container enthusiasts as we look at the tremendous growth of use cases on the horizon.

VMblog:  There's a lot of chatter at KubeCon about "shift left."  You have a rather unique view of this trend.  Talk to us about what you see as the promise of shift-left, and where it can go wrong if done carelessly.

Noordennen:  At Slim we want to deliver the ultimate developer experience. Our tools empower developers to streamline software delivery across multiple deployment contexts, going from code to deployed containers in minutes regardless of whether it's in their local environment, cloud sandbox, test environment or production. We understand the sometimes conflicting priorities developers face, and we're here to solve for that. Most companies don't have the resources for streamlining the developer experience. That's where we come in.

An example would be our design partner, PaymentWorks. Slim is building a new developer experience platform (as-a-service) that will enable PaymentWorks developers to quickly build and stand-up production-ready services with the same efficiency and agility as those highly invested, larger organizations provide for their developers.  But with Slim.AI, PaymentWorks expends only a small fraction of the costs and resources required to enjoy these benefits.

This case study highlights the vast benefits of partnering with We look forward to sharing more details of our work with this client and others at KubeCon this year.

VMblog:  Enterprise adoption of containers is accelerating, and there are lots of issues impacting app devs, infrastructure operators, and line-of-business leaders as a result.  What are the macro trends that you're hoping to explore further at this KubeCon?

Noordennen:  The use of containers has been exploding. They have shown to be the standard environment for application development with the massive developer adoption of cloud native apps and containerized workflows. All-time pulls on Docker Hub have nearly tripled, from 130 billion to 318 billion between 2020 and 2021 alone, and Docker Hub only houses half of the world's containers. The container landscape continues to get more complex, more specialized, and more difficult to secure. At Slim.AI we are focused on container best practices and developer experience. We've developed tools to help application developers create, build, deploy and run their cloud native apps with zero friction, complexity and waste.

Published Tuesday, October 12, 2021 7:33 AM by David Marshall
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