17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK

Said no CEO ever: Things that don't matter in the cloud

Casey West (Pivotal)
16:05–16:45 Monday, 17/10/2016
Location: Sandringham Level: Beginner
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A general understanding of the cloud, distributed systems, and the pain inherent in them

What you'll learn

  • Gain a rich and holistic perspective on the state of open source, cloud-native software
  • Explore the pros and cons of multiple technologies in solving the complex problems of large-scale software


Cloud adoption has made some aspects of our jobs irrelevant, but this is a good thing. . . .Well, it’s a good thing as long as we know what doesn’t matter anymore. (“Doesn’t matter” really means “solved problem.”) It’s critically important to avoid spending time and resources on solved problems. If you’re new to the cloud, it might surprise you just how many problems are considered solved at this point.

Casey West explores many of the technical skills no longer required in an operationally mature, cloud-based organization; Casey explains why each skill is no longer worth doing manually and offers a collection of open source software solutions that require minimal human effort. If you’re a sysadmin curious about the cloud or part of an organization with an initiative to move to the cloud, this talk will save you time and money. You’ll be a hero in your organization—move fast, reduce risk, and stand on the shoulders of giants.

Topics include:

  • Linux system administration
  • Security patching host operating systems
  • Configuring DNS
  • Load balancing
  • Generating and managing credentials
  • Baking golden images
  • Building and running containers
  • Deploying applications
  • Monitoring services
  • Recovering from failure
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Casey West


Working in Internet infrastructure, web app security, and design taught Casey West to be a paranoid, UX-oriented, problem-solving Internet plumber. His earliest contributions to Perl live on to this day on your Mac. Casey’s speaking and writing topics range from open source communities and culture to technical architecture and automation tips and tricks. Casey wears the mantle of principal technologist focused on Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry platform and lives in Pittsburgh, where he’s raising three sarcastic children.