September 19–20, 2016: Training
September 20–22, 2016: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Infrastructure as code might be literally impossible

Joe Damato (
11:35am–12:15pm Wednesday, 09/21/2016
Infrastructure reimagined Automation, DevOps Beekman Audience level: Beginner
Average rating: ***..
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Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of reproducibility, config management, and system administration
  • What you'll learn

  • Understand how truly complex and intertwined the systems you rely on day to day are with one another
  • Description

    Infrastructure as code might be literally impossible because none of the core open source software we use actually works. Joe Damato examines what it means for infrastructure to be represented as code, outlines some fundamental software components required for automating infrastructure using code, and discusses some interesting failure cases for these tools. Along the way, Joe highlights areas where people interested in getting involved in open source projects could make an impact that would benefit the infrastructure as code movement and provides some food for thought for infrastructure engineers as they design the next generation of tools.

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    Joe Damato

    Joe Damato is a low-level computologist who enjoys reading and writing code. Joe is the founder and CEO of, a service which makes it easy to create secure package repositories for developing and distributing software.