Get Ready, RackN is heading to Interop ITX

Next week our co-founders are headed to Las Vegas for Interop ITX. Both are speaking and are available to meet to discuss our technology, DevOps, etc. If you are interested in meeting please contact me to setup a time.  I would also like to acknowledge Rob Hirschfeld’s role as a Review Board member for the DevOps track.

Rob Hirschfeld is participating in a discussion panel and individual talk and Greg Althaus is running a 90 minute hands-on lab on immutable deployments.


DevOps vs SRE vs Cloud Native

Speaker:                       Rob Hirschfeld
Date and Time:           Wednesday, May 2 from 1:00 – 1:50 pm
Location:                      Grand Ballroom G
Track:                            DevOps

DevOps is under attack because developers don’t want to mess with infrastructure. They will happily own their code into production but want to use platforms instead of raw automation. That’s changing the landscape that we understand as DevOps with both architecture concepts (CloudNative) and process redefinition (SRE).

Our speaker has been creating leading edge infrastructure and cloud automation platforms for over 15 years. His recent work in Kubernetes operations has lead to the conclusion that containers and related platforms have changed the way we should be thinking about DevOps and controlling infrastructure. The rise of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) is part of that redefinition of operations vs development roles in organizations.

In this talk, we’ll explore this trend and discuss concrete ways to cope with the coming changes. We’ll look at the reasons while SRE is attractive and get specific about ways that teams can bootstrap their efforts and keep their DevOps Fu strong.

Immutable Deployments: Taking Physical Infrastructure from Automation to Autonomy

Speakers:                                Greg Althaus
Date and Time:                      Wednesday, May 2 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location:                                 Montego C
Track:                                       Infrastructure
Format:                                    Hands-On-Session

Physical Infrastructure is the critical underpinning of every data center; however, it’s been very difficult to automate and manage. In this hands-on session, we’ll review the latest in physical layer automation that uses Cloud Native DevOps processes and tooling to make server (re)provisioning fully automatic.

Attendees will be guided through a full automation provisioning cycle using a mix of technologies including Terraform and Digital Rebar. We’ll use cloud based physical servers from for the test cycle so that attendees get to work with real infrastructure even from the session.

By the end of the session, you’ll be able to setup your own data center provisioning infrastructure, create a pool of deployed servers, allocate those servers using Infrastructure as Code processes. Advanced students may be able to create and deploy complete images using locally captured images.

This session has a limited amount of seating, so an RSVP is required. Please RSVP here.

From What to How: Getting Started and Making Progress with DevOps

Speakers:                                Damon Edwards, Jayne Groll, Rob Hirschfeld, Mandy Hubbard
Date and Time:                      Thursday, May 3 from 1:00 – 1:50 pm
Location:                                 Grand Ballroom G
Track:                                       DevOps

Organizations are recognizing the benefits of DevOps but making strides toward implementation and meting goals may be more difficult than it seems. This panel discussion with multiple DevOps experts and practitioners will explores practices and principles attendees can apply to their own DevOps implementations, as well as metrics to put into place to track success. Track Chair Jayne Groll will moderate the discussion.


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