Build & maintain complex distributed systems
October 1–2, 2017: Training
October 2–4, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

How do you eat a whale? One byte at a time

Kelly Looney (Skytap)
4:45pm5:25pm Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Engineering and operations team members tasked with modernizing traditional or legacy application architectures

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience working with both traditional on-premises and cloud-based environments, Agile development, DevOps, and continuous integration and delivery

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to enable containers and existing legacy services and applications to communicate with one another and how to improve performance metrics of your service container by optimizing routine admin tasks
  • Understand the workflow and methodology changes required for intelligent container management, better hardware utilization, and increased flexibility


Kelly Looney shares an incremental approach to introducing containers into complex, distributed applications—resulting in modernization with less risk and more reward. You’ll learn how developers and operations engineers are using containers to get out of the business of managing infrastructure and into the business of delivering innovation and business value and how good up-front planning allows for a clean separation between infrastructure, platform, and service concerns. Along the way, Kelly demonstrates how to evaluate which components of your applications are best suited for containers, how to experiment safely and get fast feedback, and how to increase and scale your container adoption.

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Kelly Looney


Kelly Looney is the director of DevOps consulting at Skytap and a frequent public speaker at events like DevOps Days, as well as Skytap-hosted panels and roundtable discussions. Previously, Kelly led a large-scale Agile and DevOps transformation at in Vienna, Austria, that involved over 900 development and operations personnel. Kelly has varied experience with all types of software development and operations, across many business areas at organizations such as Capgemini, Booz Allen Hamilton and, more recently, the Agile- and DevOps-focused firms ThoughtWorks and Valtech, where he consulted with development organizations all over the world. Kelly has personally worked with such industry luminaries as Dick Gabriel, Kent Beck, Jez Humble, and Luke Hohmann. He has a great grasp of both the theory and practical problems that go along with the transition to Agile and DevOps.