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

Running microservice environments is no free lunch

Alois Mayr (Dynatrace), Alexander Ramos (B2W digital)
1:15pm–1:55pm Thursday, 06/23/2016
Location: Ballroom E Level: Beginner
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees should have at least an introductory-level knowledge of microservice environments.


Don’t blindly buy into presentations from so-called evangelists or experts on how cool microservices are and how Docker, Mesos, Kubernetes, etc. will just “take care” of all your performance and scalability problems. Don’t forget the golden rule: there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Since the beginning of the hype around containers and microservices, several organizations have actually transformed their IT to support both legacy and new applications in a more modern environment, moving away from physical data centers toward public, private, or hybrid clouds, using new technologies that pop up every day. While certain things have gotten easier, you still need to do your homework when it comes to proper application architecture, scalability, orchestration, performance, and monitoring.

Alois Mayr and Alexander Ramos discuss the dark side of microservices so you don’t have to learn it the hard way. Alois and Alexander outline the things you should have on your to-do list when moving down the path of re-architecting your environments.

Topics include:

  • Logging strategies for troubleshooting
  • How to provide a stable (virtual) network
  • How to build monitoring as a platform feature
  • How to ensure a stable orchestration layer
  • How to do capacity planning to ensure scalability
  • How to manage and optimize service dependencies

This session is sponsored by Dynatrace.

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Alois Mayr


Alois Mayr is a technology lead for cloud and virtualization in the Dynatrace Innovation Lab. Alois is passionate about performance, scaling things, and software quality. Before joining Dynatrace, Alois was a researcher for an organization focused on software quality measurements and evaluation. He is also a speaker at conferences and performance blogger.

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Alexander Ramos

B2W digital

Alexander Ramos has been designing and implementing distributed systems for more than 10 years, with a focus on Java backend applications and Linux administration. Alexander is currently responsible for designing and running the infrastructure of B2W Digital, Latin America’s biggest ecommerce company.