Build Systems that Drive Business
Sep 30–Oct 1, 2018: Training
Oct 1–3, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

The container operator's manual

Alice Goldfuss (GitHub)
1:30pm–2:10pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Microservices and Containers
Location: Sutton South/Regent Parlor Level: Beginner
Secondary topics:  Systems Architecture & Infrastructure
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 8 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Understand how containers could fit into your own architecture and what you need to do to make that rollout a reality


Containers have been the future for five years now, featured on the stage of every major distributed systems conference in the world. But beyond the hype and the swag is a real technical solution, with real technical challenges, used for real problems at scale. And for the companies and engineers looking to adopt this solution, there’s little content on what awaits them.

Containers can be a great infrastructure solution, but no one should drive them without a manual. Alice Goldfuss discusses some of the advantages and disadvantages of running containers in production at scale. You’ll learn why you should use containers, why you shouldn’t, and the trade-offs required at both the technical and human levels for implementing them. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how containers could fit into your own architecture and what you need to do to make that rollout a reality.

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Alice Goldfuss


Alice Goldfuss is a systems punk currently helping GitHub run its cutting-edge container platform. She loves kernel crashes, memory design, and performance hacks. Alice has consulted on some books, including Docker: Up & Running, Effective DevOps, and Site Reliability Engineering: Volume 2, presented at some conferences, such as SREcon, Velocity, and Container Summit, and run some others, including LISA17 and devopsdays Portland. You can follow her on Twitter, but you’ll probably regret it.