Build & maintain complex distributed systems
17–18 October 2017: Training
18–20 October 2017: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK

Machine learning in ops: Do I need it?

Hannah Foxwell (Server Density)
14:1014:50 Thursday, 19 October 2017
DevOps & Tools, Technical Leadership
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Beginner
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Anyone interested in the application of machine learning in operations or SRE

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of the machine learning landscape

What you'll learn

  • Understand the terminology, technologies, and use cases associated with machine learning, particularly in an infrastructure operations and SRE context
  • Learn how to use machine learning to reduce unplanned out-of-hours work


Machine learning is the new big data. Everyone is supposed to be on board, but do we understand why? As platforms become more complex and change more frequently than ever before, it’s time we stopped trying to maintain them manually. Hannah Foxwell explores the technology and real use cases for machine learning in infrastructure operations and SRE.

Hannah offers an overview of machine learning technologies, key concepts, and terminology and explains why it’s becoming increasingly important for technology professionals today—not just within the products we build and support but also in how we build and support them. By using machine learning in your operations team, you can derive insights about the health of your platforms in ways that would be too time consuming to attempt manually.

Focusing on the human elements of IT operations and SRE, Hannah shares both real-world and hypothetical machine learning use cases that help you understand the health of your technology platforms, predict problems before they become incidents, and help us all to sleep better at night.

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Hannah Foxwell

Server Density

Hannah Foxwell is a product manager at Server Density. She’s also a human ops champion, hug ops evangelist, and recovering DevOps consultant. Hannah believes that the health of your infrastructure is not just about hardware, software, automation, and uptime; it also includes the health and well-being of your team.