Build Systems that Drive Business
June 11–12, 2018: Training
June 12–14, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

The state of statelessness

Erica Windisch (IOpipe)
4:35pm–5:15pm Thursday, June 14, 2018
Location: 230 B Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics: Systems Monitoring & Orchestration

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with microservices, serverless, or nanoservice applications

What you'll learn

  • Learn why observing this state and knowing where, how, and why that state is manipulated is important for operational security and developer concerns such as debugging


Serverless platforms enforce ephemerality and immutability in a way that demands what we commonly think of as a stateless architecture. While these are not new, the lack of visibility into underlying infrastructure reinforces the need for greater application observability.

Erica Windisch challenges the notion of statelessness and explore the necessity of observing application state for the purposes of debugging, performance optimizations, and security auditing.

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Erica Windisch


Erica Windisch founder and CTO of IOpipe, where she brings her decades of experience in building developer and operational tooling to serverless applications. Erica also has more than 16 years of experience designing and building cloud infrastructure management solutions. She was an early and longtime contributor to OpenStack and a maintainer of the Docker project.