Build Systems that Drive Business
30–31 Oct 2018: Training
31 Oct–2 Nov 2018: Tutorials & Conference
London, UK

Systems Architecture & Infrastructure
Build and implement large-scale systems

As you adopt new architectures, DevOps principles, and cloud technologies like serverless, how does this change your systems infrastructure? We'll examine serverless concepts, storage systems, and how your applications deal with state management. We'll also explore scaling resources to meet demand, and how network, traffic management, and edge computing and management are key to application performance and latency.

We'll help you solve your toughest challenges with real-world advice from leaders in the field who have grappled with the same problems you're facing today. Like how to:

  • Implement a migration strategy at a massive scale
  • Architect a system to automatically identify and anticipate resource utilization bottlenecks using live traffic
  • Manage secrets on real hardware
  • Improve cache locality and optimize delivery
  • Handle scalability challenges for large distributed systems
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14:0017:30 Wednesday, 31 October 2018
DevOps and SRE
Location: Buckingham Room - Palace Suite Level: Intermediate
Kief Morris (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 4 ratings)
Kief Morris shares patterns and examples of Terraform projects using pipelines, automated tests, and loosely integrated stacks to enable a continuous flow of changes and improvements. Read more.
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14:0017:30 Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Building Secure Systems
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Intermediate
Mandi Walls (Chef)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Mandi Walls offers an introduction to working with and creating comprehensive security and compliance profiles with InSpec—a human-readable language for creating and operating security and compliance profiles for your infrastructure. Read more.
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11:2012:00 Thursday, 1 November 2018
Microservices and Containers
Location: King's Suite - Sandringham Level: Intermediate
Simon Lasselsberger (Runtastic GmbH)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Simon Lasselsberger shares diagrams that illustrate the evolution of the architecture of the eight-year-old Runtastic microservice backend. Read more.
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11:2012:00 Thursday, 1 November 2018
Distributed Data
Location: Buckingham Room - Palace Suite Level: Intermediate
Ben Stopford (Confluent)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
Ben Stopford explains how an event stream—stored in a replayable log—can be used as a source of truth, incorporating the retentive properties of a database in a system designed to share data across many teams, cloud providers, or geographies. Read more.
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11:2012:00 Thursday, 1 November 2018
Monitoring, Observability, and Performance
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Intermediate
Marcus Barczak (Fastly)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
How might your organization navigate a move from traditional push-based monitoring to a pull-based system? Marcus Barczak explains how Fastly migrated to Prometheus for its infrastructure and application monitoring. Read more.
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11:2012:00 Friday, 2 November 2018
Distributed Systems
Location: Buckingham Room - Palace Suite Level: Beginner
Ria Bhatia (Microsoft)
Average rating: ***..
(3.20, 5 ratings)
Join Ria Bhatia to learn what "distributed application" actually means and explore the day-one gains you get as a developer or operator. You'll discover what makes an application distributed as Ria leads a live-coding session to build an app from scratch. Read more.
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13:1513:55 Friday, 2 November 2018
Kubernetes
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Intermediate
Bridget Lane (Gannett | USA Today), Marcelo Mandolesi (Gannett | USA Today)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
Bridget Lane and Marcelo Mandolesi share the USA TODAY NETWORK's two-year journey learning, migrating to, and running Kubernetes, exploring the hidden costs, expectations broken, the company's process of evangelizing, and why they would do it all over again. Read more.
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15:4016:20 Friday, 2 November 2018
Kubernetes
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Intermediate
Sarah Wells (Financial Times)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 3 ratings)
The Financial Times recently migrated its content platform to Kubernetes. Join Sarah Wells to find out what it takes to migrate 150+ microservices from one container stack to another without affecting the existing production users and while the rest of your teams are working on delivering new functionality. Read more.
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15:4016:20 Friday, 2 November 2018
Building Secure Systems
Location: Park Suite (St. James / Regents) Level: Intermediate
Sabree Blackmon (Scytale)
Sabree Blackmon offers an overview of the SPIFFE and SPIRE projects, which provide an open standard and toolchain for trusted communication in modern cloud computing environments, and explains how they are being used as a foundation for other infrastructure tools, including Hashicorp Vault, Lyft's Envoy, and Istio. Read more.
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15:4016:20 Friday, 2 November 2018
Systems Engineering and Architecture
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite Level: Beginner
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 2 ratings)
Launched 10 years ago, the BBC's iPlayer on TV has become the largest iPlayer platform. David Buckhurst and Ross Wilson explore the evolution of the BBC's TV application architecture, from the early days courting different native technologies to the development of an open source library and standards-based platform that supports multiple BBC applications across thousands of TVs. Read more.
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15:4016:20 Friday, 2 November 2018
Distributed Systems
Location: Buckingham Room - Palace Suite Level: Intermediate
Ellen Korbes (garden.io)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
The popularity of Kubernetes has brought distributed systems to the masses, disrupting the way developers code, build, test, and deploy. Ellen Körbes offers an overview of the Garden framework, a free, open source toolset aimed at bringing monolith simplicity now to the multiservice world. Read more.
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16:3517:15 Friday, 2 November 2018
Distributed Systems, Systems Engineering and Architecture
Location: Buckingham Room - Palace Suite Level: Intermediate
John Doran (Phorest)
Average rating: *....
(1.50, 2 ratings)
Phorest's platform hit huge scaling issues as its business grew. John Doran shares the ups and downs of coping with a rapidly scaling product and explains how the system got into that state of distress, what Phorest could have done earlier to avoid it, and how the company addressed the problem by adapting a continuous improvement mindset, using distributed architecture, Docker, and AWS. Read more.