I hear you thinking, “is this yet another session about doing cloud native development?”. Well.. yes, sort of, but we promise it’s going to be a good one - or so we think :).  
In this session we’re going to talk (and demo!) about what it means to be a good Cloud Citizen - which is more than merely putting an application in a container and deploying it. To optimize your (Java) application's performance and resilience in the cloud, it is essential to consider factors such as providing real-time health status through fine-grained metrics. You’ll also need to ensure fast startup, and avoid excessive resource consumption within the cluster. 
Being a good Cloud Citizen also involves streamlining configuration, deployment and upgrade processes. By integrating these tasks seamlessly, the application can facilitate smooth deployments and upgrades, which will lead to more efficiency and ease of management. 
Join us in this session and embark on a journey to develop a perfect(ish) Cloud Native Java Application with Quarkus. This journey will encompass a comprehensive understanding of both the development and operational perspectives, aiming to optimize applications for the cloud environment. You will get an overview of the Kubernetes basics from a Java developer’s perspective and learn step-by-step how to get your application production ready on Kubernetes.
Kevin Dubois
Red Hat
Kevin is a software engineer and international speaker talking mostly about Java, Quarkus and Cloud Native Development & Deployment practices. He currently works as developer advocate at Red Hat, on a mission to supercharge developer joy and productivity using Open Source as the guiding light. He previously worked as a (Lead) Software Engineer at a variety of organizations across the world ranging from small startups to large US enterprises and even government agencies. 
Kevin is actively involved in Open Source communities, contributing to projects such as Quarkus, Knative, Apache Camel, and Podman; and as committee member of the Belgian CNCF Chapter as well as the Belgian JUG.
Kevin speaks English, Dutch, French and Italian fluently and is currently based in Belgium, having lived in Italy and the USA as well.
Alex Soto
Red Hat
Alex Soto is a Director of Developer Experience at Red Hat. He is passionate about the Java world, software automation and he believes in the open-source software model. 
Alex has co-authored four books "Testing Java Microservices," "Quarkus Cookbook," "Kubernetes Secrets Management," and "GitOps Cookbook." Additionally, Alex actively contributes to various open-source projects, further fostering collaboration and innovation.
Recognized as a Java Champion since 2017, Alex is an esteemed international speaker, sharing his knowledge and expertise at conferences and events worldwide. He also serves as a radio collaborator at Onda Cero and imparts sessions as a teacher at Salle URL University.
For the latest updates and insights into the Kubernetes and Java world, follow Alex on Twitter (@alexsotob).