Training: June 20–21, 2016
Tutorials: June 21, 2016
Keynotes & Sessions: June 22–23, 2016
Santa Clara, CA

Minimum viable platform

Casey West (Pivotal)
1:15pm–1:55pm Wednesday, 06/22/2016
First time at Velocity Santa Clara, Infrastructure reimagined
Location: Ballroom AB Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.43, 7 ratings)

Platforms: either you have one, or you’re building one. Drawing on observations made over the years, Casey West explores in detail six high-level characteristics common to operationally mature production environments:

  • Routing and load balancing
  • Backing services broker
  • Infrastructure orchestration
  • Health management, monitoring, and recovery
  • Immutable artifact repository
  • Log aggregation

Casey then demonstrates these capabilities—including infrastructure and application life-cycle management, deployment, autoprovisioning backing services, and failure recovery—in an interactive, live exposition. You’ll see what life is like for teams who have the operational maturity of a minimum viable platform. These characteristics serve as a rubric for anyone building their own production platform composed of unstructured components or choosing an integrated, structured platform from the many options available.

The demonstration will use the open source Cloud Foundry platform.

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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.