Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

Hands-on with Containerized Infrastructure Services

Shannon Williams (Rancher Labs), Darren Shepherd (Rancher Labs)
1:45pm–2:25pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Ballroom E
Level: Intermediate

Who is this presentation for?

DevOps Teams, IT Architects, Application Architects, Infrastructure Architects

Prerequisite knowledge

Some understanding of container concepts

What you'll learn

Containers are not only reshaping applications but also infrastructure. With new portable infrastructure services, storage and networking can be as portable as apps. How these services work with container orchestration tools like Kuberentes, Swarm and Mesos.


Containers have become popular in-part because of their portability. However, while a Docker image is easy to launch on almost any Linux host, as soon as you tie it to infrastructure, it becomes much less portable. In this talk, we will be looking at how infrastructure for containers is evolving, and an emerging class of containerized infrastructure services providing services such as networking, storage, and load balancing.

In this session, we’ll also look at how containerized infrastructure service are deployed as part of container orchestration tools, such as Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, and Mesos. We’ll compare the different container infrastructure standards that have emerged, including LibNetwork and CNI for networking, and Docker Volumes and FlexVols for storage.

Best of all, this session will be demo driven and will show you how to build and deploy containerized infrastructure services across different types of infrastructure and different orchestration tools. In general, we’ll be demoing open source tools such as Calico, Weave, Gluster and other types of networking and storage software that can be deployed in conjunction with your application.

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Shannon Williams

Rancher Labs

Shannon Williams is a co-founder at Rancher Labs, a company focused on building open source software for operating containers in production. Shannon has spent his career at technology start-ups, working with visionary customers to embrace next generation technologies like cloud computing, identity management, and security.

Prior to starting Rancher, Shannon was a founder and VP of Sales at, a pioneer in Cloud Computing. In 2011 was acquired by Citrix Systems, after which he spent three years as Vice President of Market Development for Citrix’s cloud platforms business unit. Over six years working in Cloud Computing, Shannon lead teams that built hundreds of computing clouds, including many of the world’s largest at companies such as BT, AutoDesk, Disney, Datapipe, Apple, Zynga, and KT.

Shannon is a frequent speaker, and has spoken around the world about the impact of open source software, cloud computing, information security and entrepreneurship.

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Darren Shepherd

Rancher Labs

Darren is a co-founder and Chief Architect of Rancher Labs. Prior to Rancher, Darren was Sr. Principal Engineer at Citrix where he worked on CloudStack, OpenStack, Docker and building the next generation of infrastructure orchestration technology. Prior to joining Citrix, Darren worked at GoDaddy, where he designed and lead a team that implemented both public and private IaaS clouds. Darren has been writing software since he got his first 286 when he was 10, and is happiest when he’s stuffed in a closet banging away in anything but Java. Darren specializes in building systems to reliably control completely unreliable systems. Darren has a B.S. from California State University, Northridge.

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