Build resilient systems at scale
May 27–29, 2015 • Santa Clara, CA

New ways to deploy and manage applications at scale

Kelsey Hightower (Google)
11:50am–12:30pm Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Mission City Ballroom B1
Average rating: ****.
(4.64, 11 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

General knowledge of open source development. Relevant for developers and system administrators.


The last decade belonged to virtual machines and the next one belongs to containers.

Virtualization led to an explosion in the number of machines in our infrastructure, and we were all caught off guard. It turns out that those shell scripts did not scale after all. Lucky for us configuration management swooped in to save the day.

But a new challenge is on the horizon. We are moving away from node-based infrastructures where hostnames are chosen with care. Gone are the days of pinning one service to a specific host and wearing a pager in case that host goes down.

Containers enable a service to run on any host at any time. Traditional tools are starting to show cracks, because they were not designed for this level of application portability. Now is the time to look at new ways to deploy and manage applications at scale.

CoreOS is a new Linux distribution designed specifically for application containers and running them at scale. This talk will examine all the major components of CoreOS including etcd, fleet, docker, and systemd; and how these components work together to solve the problems of today and tomorrow.

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Kelsey Hightower


Kelsey Hightower is an open source advocate who is helping to build and advocate a modern way to run Linux servers at CoreOS. As an engineer, Kelsey enjoys building simple tools that make people smile. He is a regular contributor to Google’s Kubernetes project. When he is not slinging Go code, you can catch him giving technical workshops covering everything from programming and system administration to CoreOS.

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Danny Viti
06/01/2015 5:17am PDT

Great demo / presentation, hope the slides or video are going to be posted.

Paul Henry
06/01/2015 2:41am PDT

Agree with Michael, it was an excellent presentation…Thank you.

Michael McGillivray
05/29/2015 5:59am PDT

Fantastic presentation! Very easy to follow along and grasp the concepts.