Engineering the Future of Software
November 13–14, 2016: Training
November 14–16, 2016: Tutorials & Conference
San Francisco, CA

How can you scale it if you don't trust it?

David Blank-Edelman (Microsoft)
3:50pm–4:40pm Wednesday, 11/16/2016
Location: California West Level: Intermediate
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Prerequisite knowledge

  • Basic security experience
  • An understanding of how security might play at scale

What you'll learn

  • Explore an approach that will create trust in the systems you build


When you scale up an infrastructure, it is crucial that you can trust you have the right resources in play and the right code deployed and that information can only flow in a secure manner. When you scale the organization, trust is required among all of the people responsible for coding, testing, deploying, and managing the applications that power the business.

With all of the chatter around scaling, you would think someone would have told you the key ingredient necessary for creating and fostering the required trust. Unfortunately, it is very easy to get to the end of the diving board, right on the edge of jumping into something like a hybrid cloud deployment, before you realize you need to figure this out on your own.

David N. Blank-Edelman discusses some concrete ways you can engineer trust into the system you are building or operating so that it works well for cloud-native and legacy applications (complete with examples). By the end of his talk, you’ll have a good idea of the decision and enforcement points you’ll need to consider to be able to create a system and an organization that can scale.

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David Blank-Edelman


David has over thirty years of experience in the SRE/DevOps/sysadmin field in large multiplatform environments, currently working for Microsoft as a Senior Cloud Operations Advocate focusing on Site Reliability Engineering. He is the author of the O’Reilly Otter book (Automating Systems Administration with Perl) and the curator/editor of the O’Reilly book Seeking SRE: Conversations about Running Production Systems at Scale. David is one of the co-founders of the global SREcon conference series.