Conferences and Public Speaking

speaker3Sometimes I speak at professional technology and Open Source conferences, mostly about Sysadmin, DevOps, IT infrastructure automation and Open Source.  Below you can find a mostly up-to-date list of talks I’ve given and links to slides or video.

 

 


EuroPython 2017
Rimini, Italy – July 2017
Skynet your Infrastructure with QUADS

Abstract and Schedule here
2017-06-10 Anfiteatro 1 @ 12:10pm

Video

Slides

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DevOps Pro 2017
Vilnius, Lithuania – April 2017
Skynet your Infrastructure with QUADS + Foreman

Abstract and Schedule here.
2017-04-06 Hall 1 @ 2:35pm

Video

Slides

DevOps Pro Vilnius 2017 – QUADS

 


DevConf 2017
Brno, Czech Republic – January 2017
Skynet your Infrastructure with QUADS + Foreman

The very small 2-person DevOps team within Red Hat Performance/Scale Engineering has developed a set of Open Source Python-based systems and network automation provisioning tools designed to end-to-end automate the provisioning of large-scale systems and network switches using tools like Foreman, Ansible, and other Open Source bits.

QUADS – or “quick and dirty scheduler” allows a normally overburdened DevOps warrior to fully automate large swaths of systems and network devices based on a schedule, even set systems provisioning to fire off in the future so they can focus on important things like Netflix and popcorn or not reading your emails while your datacenter burns in an inferno of rapid, automated skynet provisioning. QUADS will also auto-generate up-to-date infrastructure documentation, track scheduling, systems assignments and more.

In this talk we’ll show you how we’re using QUADS (backed by Foreman) to empower rapid, meaningful performance and scale testing of Red Hat products and technologies. While QUADS is a new project and under constant development, the design approach to handling large-scale systems provisioning as well as the current codebase is consumable for others interested in improving the efficiency and level of automation within their infrastructure.

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Full talk video (slides + audio)

 


OpenStack Summit 2016 (Ocata)
Barcelona, Spain – October 2016
OpenStack Scale and Performance Testing with Browbeat

Browbeat is an Open Source framework focused on scale, performance and tuning of a deployed OpenStack cloud.  It can provide the following benefits to operators, developers and businesses running OpenStack.

  • Create and orchestrate workloads for performance and scale testing.
  • Automate deployment of common collection and data analysis tools.
  • Identify potential configuration problems and highlight some optimal tuning value
  • Make run-to-run, cloud-to-cloud and build-to-build comparisons by sending test result data bundled with metadata about the cloud to Elasticsearch and visualize via Kibana
  • Provide performance data metrics and results based on Rally and other common tools like Grafana
  • Analyze and tune your Cloud for optimal performance.

In this talk you’ll hear from core Browbeat developers around how you can leverage it for your OpenStack deployment along with a demonstration showcasing some of the useful features.

OpenStack Scale and Performance Testing with Browbeat

 


OpenStack Summit 2016 (Ocata)
Barcelona, Spain – October 2016
Trystack: The Free OpenStack Community Sandbox

The OpenStack Foundation and several generous corporate sponsors (including Red Hat, Dell, Cisco, and NetApp) have deployed TryStack.org, a free way for folks to learn more about OpenStack and it’s capabilities. TryStack is a public, production OpenStack instance and the maintainers have learned a great deal about maintenance, upgrades, automation and gotchas around running a large public cloud (25,000 users, 5,000 active users per release).

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OpenStack Summit 2016 (Newton)
Austin, Texas – April 2016
Trystack, the free OpenStack Sandbox for Earth

At the OpenStack summit we will provide an architectural deep-dive, showcase and case study of Trystack.org, the free, public OpenStack sandbox:

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OpenStack Summit 2016 (Newton)
Austin, Texas – April 2016
Deploy Microservices on OpenStack using Kubernetes, Docker, Flannel and etcd.

We have provided a hands-on live workshop around deploying microservices on OpenStack, using Trystack.org as the backend and harnessing Kubernetes, Docker and Flannel for management and orchestration.

OpenStack.org Workshop Link

 


Devconf 2016
Brno, Czech Republic – February 2016
TryStack: The Free OpenStack Sandbox for Planet Earth

The OpenStack Foundation and several generous corporate sponsors (including Red Hat, Dell, Cisco, and NetApp) have deployed TryStack.org, a free way for folks to learn more about OpenStack and it’s capabilities. TryStack is a public, production OpenStack instance and the maintainers have learned a great deal about maintenance, upgrades, automation and gotchas around running a large public cloud on RDO OpenStack and RHEL.

Objectives
· The history of Trystack
· Give insight into deployment architecture and underlying components
· Demonstration of the various capabilities of TryStack
· Overview and sharing of post-deployment ops tooling and automation
· Talk about the roadmap of how TryStack is evolving with OpenStack

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IDC Cloud Conference EMEA
Prague, Czech Republic – September 2014
OpenStack as the Enterprise Cloud: Benefits, Usage, Adoption

OpenStack is the fastest growing Open Source Cloud computing project
in the world, adopted and contributed to by the biggest names in IT
and software.

In this talk we will discuss how OpenStack is disrupting the private,
hybrid and public Cloud landscape.  Poised to be a $3.3 Billion USD market by
2018, OpenStack is being used by thousands of small companies to large
Enterprise hosting entities to service Cloud and IaaS needs.

We will cover what OpenStack is, how it’s designed and how it’s being
used in the enterprise.  We will dive into how IaaS is revolutionising the IT landscape enabling developers and IT solutions providers with Cloud self-service,
automation and management of virtual resources.

We will also cover how OpenStack fits into brown field deployments and
works alongside other major Virtualization technologies.

Lastly we’ll cover how you can get started with OpenStack for free
both on your laptop, via any of the free public OpenStack environments
available or in your business.

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Red Hat Summit 2014
San Francisco, California – April 2014
Deploying Scalable Cloud Infrastructure using Red Hat Linux OpenStack Platform

Architecture deep dive of Red Hat’s OpenStack Scale Lab, a multi-purpose, 220-node deployment recently designed and built for internal and external OpenStack, Hadoop, and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization development, continuous integration, and scale testing.

You’ll learn about the design, deployment, and automation aspects using Red Hat Linux Enterprise OpenStack Platform, Foreman, Red Hat Storage Server, Puppet, and other open source tools and APIs to deliver a full-featured, flexible cloud environment that services multiple use cases backed by re-usable, elastic resources. You’ll also hear experiences and lessons learned from conception, design, deployment, and current usage.

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Devconf 2012
Brno, Czech Republic – February 2012
Deploying OSS Collaboration Solutions using RHEV, Zimbra and Netapp iSCSI

In this talk you’ll hear about Red Hat addresses the challenge of exponential growth by using Open Source Collaboration tools and how you can look to adopt a similar strategy to alleviate cost and provide greater value inside your organization.

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IBM Edge
Orlando, Florida – June 2012
XIV Architecture, SAN Performance and Tuning at Red Hat

In this talk you’ll hear about the SAN design and architecture Red Hat utilizes with the IBM XIV SAN storage platform for critical applications demanding high-performance and throughput.  We will also focus on SAN performance tuning with Fibre Channel inside a Cisco MDS series fabric switched environment, best practices and benchmarking.

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