Native Spring on Kubernetes

Spring has been the driving force behind enterprise Java for nearly two decades and continues to adapt, grow, and innovate. Native Images are the next chapter of Spring’s innovation journey, in the Kubernetes and Serverless world.

GraalVM is a project started several years ago by Oracle and allows you to ahead-of-time compile Java code to a standalone executable, a “native image”.

How can you build Native Spring Boot applications with GraalVM on Kubernetes or a Serverless environment, optimized to start faster and consuming fewer resources such as memory and CPU?

This hands-on workshop is designed to provide you with timely information for understanding ahead-of-time compilation, native images, how to build them, use-cases for their application, trade-offs and pitfalls, areas which can trip you up when adopting in the form of discrete, individually executable steps.

An implementation of each step is being made available via a Github repository, which you would run during the session. The workshop does not assume any prior knowledge of ahead-of-time compilation and native images, and we will review key concepts as part of the workshop.

Spring Native - everything you need to know to use Native compiled Java in your spring 6.x / Spring Boot 3.x application

  • Technical overview of Spring Native
  • How Ahead of Time Compilation (AOT) in Spring Works
  • AOT impact on non-native JVM based apps
  • How to use Spring Native hints to integrate third-party libraries that might not have full Native support
  • How to create shareable spring Native hint libraries
  • How to migrate an existing Spring application to Native
  • Workarounds for common issues up when migrating to Native
  • How to choose when to use Native when not to use Native
  • Best practices for using spring native in your applications

We will be using Spring Boot 3.x and Spring 6.x for this workshop, as they will be the planned current versions at the time of this workshop, together with the latest stable version of GraalVM. If versions are being upgraded before the time of this workshop as planned, we will be using the latest versions available at that time.


Adib Saikali

Principal Platform Architect @VMware Tanzu

Adib Saikali is a global field principal solutions engineer at VMware Tanzu, focused on helping VMware’s largest customers design and build cloud native applications and platforms using Spring and Kubernetes. Adib is the author of “Securing Cloud Applications” a book that teaches application developers the fundamental security technologies and protocols required to secure cloud native applications. Over the past 25 years Adib has worked at startups and global enterprises on numerous software systems in a variety of roles, from software developer, architect, agile coach, and CTO. He has developed a 360-degree view of what it takes to build software systems quickly, efficiently, and economically. Adib’s favourite quote is “live like you are going to die tomorrow, learn like you are going to live forever” attributed to Mahatma Gandhi.

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Dan Dobrin

Enterprise App Mod Architect @Google Cloud

Dan Dobrin is an Enterprise App Modernization Architect in Google Cloud, helping customer teams adopt modern cloud-native patterns, practices and technologies in Google Cloud, including GKE, Cloud Run, Cloud Functions, Native Images, Spring, EDA, DevUX, production-readiness and serverless optimization. 

Prior to joining Google Cloud, he has built highly scalable, low-latency, flexible frameworks for technology, security and financial services organizations. An avid learner, he’s always looking for the next practical idea to experiment with and share with customers.

When he leaves his gadgets behind, you’ll find him hiking, running or biking.

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Friday Oct 28 / 01:00PM PDT ( 3 hours)


Level beginner


Serverless Java Kubernetes