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.



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


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


Online Presence

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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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Benjamin Kero


Quick Prototyping with LXC and Puppet

Submitted Apr 14, 2014

My object for this presentation is to inform people about how they can better use container technologies to save time and resources compared to virtual machines, which in turn makes things such as continuous integration testing faster, and which can save them money on unnecessary resource usage. They’ll also be able to understand the difference between Docker and LXC, and when it appropriate to use either tool.

In addition, I’d like participants to leave the session with an understanding of what configuration management is, and how it can be used to automate or simplify some of their day-to-day activities.

I would also like to leave the participants with a basic understanding of how Linux cgroups and LXC work, and the ability to modify LXC templates to better suit their environment.


Within the last 5 years, virtualization has taken the IT industry by storm. There is rarely a shop that doesn’t use virtualization in some way, and almost everybody can benefit from using it in their infrastructure. A more recent technology that is just starting to gain traction is the use of containers.

In this talk I will cover the concept of containers, several popular examples of container software, and go over how easy they are to use.

In particular I will focus on LXC, one that is quickly growing to be the de facto standard in container technology; and how one might use it to great advantage in to solve problems like:

  • continuous integration strategies
  • quick prototyping
  • low-overhead “beautiful snowflakes”
  • temporary resource allocation

I’ll also cover in depth how to use modify LXC in conjunction with Puppet to test development and deployment of configuration management for your infrastructure. Using a system such as this allows very easy dev-test-production models for shops which might be resource-constrained.

Using these strategies, teams inside of Mozilla have been able to duplicate more similar dev/test/prod environments locally for ease of bug duplication, and have used it to free compute resources from the overhead of virtual machines.

Given enough time I’ll go into related technologies such as CoreOS and Docker, and when it is appropriate to use these technologies to solve your problem.


Eyes and ears

Speaker bio

Ben is a senior systems administrator for Mozilla’s Release Engineering team, giving him the opportunity to explore scaling service offerings to hundreds of millions of users. At Mozilla, Ben has been able to take the skills he’s learned from a decade of software project hosting and apply them to at-scale applications, especially in the realms of revision control systems, virtualization clusters, monitoring syste
ms, and configuration management.

Ben attended Oregon State University in the United States, where he received a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration. While there he busied himself with student organizations such as the university’s Linux Users Group holding the position of Official Safety Officer, and as part of the Open Source Education Lab, which aims to integrate open source software and ideologies into the uniersity cirricu

Ben is a graduate of the OSU Open Source Lab, where he spent half a decade as a community systems administrator for hundreds of free/open source software projects.


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Rootconf is a community-funded platform for activities and discussions on the following topics: Site Reliability Engineering (SRE). Infrastructure costs, including Cloud Costs - and optimization. Security - including Cloud Security. more