Rootconf 2014

On devops and cloud infrastructure

As Developers / Managers we almost everyday think and talk about faster / shorter Software Development cycles to increase our market presence/reach. Is there a way to measure how fast we are ?

Speaking of cycle: In Cycling a term “Cadence” is used, which simply means the speed at which you pedal. Cyclists measure this in revolutions per minute, or rpm. Similar to Cadence in Cycling, the cadence of a software team is measured by how fast and how frequent you can take your software live. Can you do this on every day, every week ? Do you have the tools for the same to Scale UP ?

While we try to improve the cadence of the team we have many challenges around Infrastructure Scaling, Test Integration, Configuration Management, Monitoring for uptime, Log Management, Security of Servers, Dev-Test-Prod setups, Maintaining single source of truth for your assets, etc… And how does these changes impact team dynamics ? If you have adopted some strategies have you noticed that your team has improved? do you need more QAs or do you need more sysadmins ? do you really need those many routers, servers or backups?

Rootconf is a conference which tries to address some of the challenges we face when we fine tune our infrastructure to be able to appropriately respond to a business need, while we Scale UP our Cloud or Web Infrastructure.

Developing a good Continuous Integration/Deployment/Testing/Delivery strategy is critical to improve the cadence of your team. Infrastructure and DevOps is an upfront investment human, time & money. The challenge always is whether you’re willing to make that investment right away, or in the future at a much higher cost and effort.

Rootconf is a conference which will help you to plan and develop a strategy map for infrastructure and devops. It will show you the building blocks for reaching a strategy for Infrastructure Scaling, Continuous Integration, Deployment and Delivery.

Target audience

Rootconf is targeted at individuals, teams and companies that are seeking to scale the effectiveness of their developer teams and performance of their web stacks, thereby increase the Cadence of their software delivery.

Organizations which need a CI and CD strategy to achieve the above will find a substantial headstart in doing so, by attending Rootconf.

Venue

Workshops

14th and 15th May 2014
The Energy and Research Institute,
4th Main Rd, Domlur II Stage,
Domlur, Bangalore

Conference

16th and 17th May 2014
MLR Convention Centre,
J P Nagar 7th Phase,
Brigade Millenium campus,
Bangalore

Tickets

http://rootconf.doattend.com

Online Presence

Website | Facebook | twitter

For questions about submissions or the conference, write to support@hasgeek.com

Theme

For Rootconf 2014, we are accepting proposals for Full Talks, Crisp Talks & Flash Talks for the Conference, and proposals for hands-on 3 hour workshops on the below topics. For more information on the types of talks, please checkout the Format tab.

  1. Infrastructure Scaling & Automation
    • Treating your infrastructure as code.
    • How did you do scaling and what were your automation strategies while you were gunning for scaling.
  2. Continuous Integration
    • Tell us how you have done it for your organization ?
    • Any use case around how it impacted your development team / process.
    • Reference Tools – Jenkins, Travis CI, CruiseControl, TeamCity.
  3. Deployment
    • Tell us how you have done it for your organization ?
    • Any use case on how you reduced your deployment time ? Did you reduce your time to market your product by Adopting CD ?
    • Reference Tools – Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Salt
  4. Automating Testing
    • How much manual can be automated ?
    • How did you automate ? What tools di you use ?
    • What framework(s) did you use ?
    • Did you use heavy weight Selenium or Watir or Sahi?
    • Tools that work across heterogeneous languages (PHP, Java, C, Mobile)
  5. Security
    • Code Security
      • Trust no one - including the developer.
      • How are you testing your code ?
      • Do you run vulnerability testing part of the CI ?
      • Best Practices for secure coding
    • Server side security
    • Data at motion
      • Is internet really safe, how do you protect your data. Is HTTPS alone sufficient ?
    • Data at rest
    • Do you need to implement standards?
  6. Log monitoring and server monitoring
    • The heartbeat / lifeline of your business: tell us more about how you monitor.
    • Do you use any of these tools? Graphite, Sentry, CopperEgg, Loggly, Papertrail, Splunk, Nagios, Monit, etc..
  7. Cloud databases:
    • NoSQL Databases (DynamoDB, MongoDB, Couch)
    • The good and bad of NoSQL
    • Automation challenges of NoSQL
  8. Self-healing
    • Automatic remediation of services and servers.
    • Process Protection using Service Protector, Monit
    • Auto Scaling Groups
  9. New tools
    • Do you have more tools that makes you a better DevOps Engineer ?

Talks can submitted for the following OSes:

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Cross-platform

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vivek parihar

@vparihar

How fast can you onboard a new team member

Submitted Jan 21, 2014

Automating Development Environments with Vagrant which ends “It works on my machine” and provides a fast or an easy way to have a local dev environment that resembles production environment.

Outline

As the number of developers on a project, the number of projects in an Organization, or the complexity of a single project increases, it also becomes increasingly difficult to keep our development environments operational. From changing dependencies and differing server versions to running completely different operating systems specially windows machines of FrontEnd team, keeping the process of getting a running development environment sane and repeatable is non-trivial.
Getting the development environments identically setup can be a huge undertaking. On top of that, some people use Mac while others Use Linux or Windows. Before you know it, developers will be throwing computers through walls exhausted from constantly configuring and configuring. Windows machine devs yelling WTF is this Imagemagick , people using Mac asking which is better macports vs homebrew vs fink.

Vagrant solves all of this by introducing a common configuration format and workflow for describing and building development environments repeatably across Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux.

The cool thing about Vagrant is that you can create a full dev environment, with every tool/library required for development already installed and ready to use, then package this up (and the VM’s configuration) into a single file that you can use as a template. So, you can have one single file that you distribute to your other team member and everyone can then use the same environment to build and break … But that environment is on their own computer!

Benefits of Vagrant
1.By choosing to use Vagrant, our projects and organization gain some immediate benefits:
2.Every developer is now working within identical development environments. This eliminates a large portion of “works on my machine” issues.
3.Instead of custom READMEs per project, having to ask DevOps for help, or simply being lost, developers learn that the workflow for every project is identical: vagrant up to get a development environment, and vagrant halt (or suspend or destroy) to clean up your environment. This is just simple and small commands that every developer can do at any given point of time.

Speaker bio

Vivek Parihar - Webonise Lab, Pune
A technology evangelist, ROR geek, DevOps Missionary and a mentor - just to name a few. Started his technology journey @Webonise with mission to experiment, build and contribute to technology trends.
As VP-Engineering, he has led the team leaps and bounds across various technologies. He is a frequent speaker at conferences. To name a few:
-DevopsDay2013 -MongoDb Pune -Ruby Conf India

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