So you’ve deployed your app, launched your site, and gone live in prod. Awesome. But what happens when people actually use it, when you find out where your IaaS rate-limits you, and when you can’t just throw (virtual) hardware at your software problems? In a talk equally useful whether you’re dockering all the Dockers, going serverless with lambda functions, or scaling beyond what you’ve seen before, Bridget Kromhout, Timothy Gross, Charity Majors, and John Vincent explore the practical realities in that vast, uncharted space between “waiting for the change control board is probably fine” and “we just implemented a novel time series data store in our spare time.” If you’re coming to this panel, you’re probably well past the former, while the latter remains strictly aspirational.
Come chat with cheerfully cynical operations professionals who’ve put in a nonzero number of hours on the pager and still can joke about it. They’re trying the new stuff themselves (and some have even run it in production), and they can dispel myths (NoOps is not a thing; serverless still has servers), answer questions (spoiler alert: the answer is “it depends”), and provide the kind of high-quality infotainment you expect of such a seriously named panel.
Bridget Kromhout is a principal technologist for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if “cloud” can be considered tangible). After years in site reliability operations (most recently at DramaFever), Bridget traded in on-call for more travel. A frequent speaker at tech conferences, she helps organize the AWS and DevOps meetups at home in Minneapolis, serves on the program committee for Velocity, and acts as a global core organizer for DevOpsDays. Bridget podcasts at Arrested DevOps, occasionally blogs at Bridgetkromhout.com, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.
Timothy Gross is a product manager for Joyent, providers of the Triton Elastic Container Service. Tim previously ran ops at DramaFever, where he and his scrappy team ran Docker in production to serve a few million fans their daily dose of dramas, documentaries, and gross-out horror movies. In a previous life, Tim was an architect (buildings, not software). He took the leap into programming and operations after he discovered he could automate away almost everything boring in his life.
Charity Majors is the cofounder and CTO of Honeycomb, a new startup focused on mining machine data. Previously, Charity ran infrastructure at Parse and was an engineering manager at Facebook. She also worked with the RocksDB team to build and deploy the world’s first Mongo + Rocks in production. Charity likes single malt scotch.
John Vincent is an enterprise FFSSSM engineer, corporate bikeshed artist, systems yak shaver, and cloud cuckoo land engineer.
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