Rootconf 2017

On service reliability

Submit proposals for flash talks

Rootconf is on 11-12 May. If you have:

  1. Tips and tricks for simplifying infrastructure management and maintenance;
  2. Experiences with new tools to share;
  3. Cool demos;

then propose a flash talk here, or on the spot, at the venue.

The flash talk session is on 11 May, from 17:20-18:20. We have room for about 12 flash talks. Each presentation should be no more than 5 minutes.

A final note of caution when presenting at flash talks: we have a code of conduct at the conference. You must refrain from making remarks that may be perceived as sexist or derogatory. If you want to double check your presentation, contact Sandhya Ramesh, Karthik B. or Zainab Bawa at the venue.

Theme

The theme for the 2017 edition is service reliability. The conference will feature talks on state of the art deployment strategies and appropriate monitoring technologies at different scales. Rootconf this year will broadly cover topics like toil, on-call, outage handling, and post-mortem analysis. We are inviting presentation proposals from academics and practitioners on these topics.

Rootconf aims to appeal to the widest possible range of DevOps practitioners: from embryonic startups to the largest established enterprises. We are keen to schedule presentations that appeal both to attendees’ current needs as well as their future aspirations.

About the Conference

Rootconf is India’s principal conference where systems and operations engineers share real world knowledge about building reliable systems. We are now accepting submissions for our next edition which will take place in Bangalore on 11-12 May 2017.

Topics for Round 2 of the CfP were:

  1. Capacity planning.
  2. Deploying microservices, and issues concerning monitoring and reliability of microservices.
  3. Deployment and orchestration of container based infrastructures.
  4. Open tracing.

Topics for Round 1 of the CfP were:

  1. Monitoring strategies
  2. Deployment strategies
  3. Capacity planning
  4. Automation beyond deployment and monitoring
  5. Eliminating toil
  6. On-call outage handling
  7. Postmortem / root cause analysis
  8. Incident response

Format

Rootconf is a three track conference:

We are inviting proposals for:

  • Full-length 40-minute talks – which cover conceptual topics and include case studies.
  • Crisp 15-minute how-to talks or introduction to a new technology.
  • Sponsored sessions, of 15 minutes and 40 minutes duration (limited slots available; subject to editorial scrutiny and approval). Hands-on workshop sessions of 3 and 6 hour duration where participants follow the instructors on their laptops.

Selection Process

Proposals will be filtered and shortlisted by an Editorial Panel. Please make sure to add links to videos / slide decks when submitting proposals. This will help us understand your speaking experience and delivery style. Blurbs or blog posts covering the relevance of a particular problem statement and how it is tackled will help the Editorial Panel better judge your proposals. We might contact you to ask if you’d like to repost your content on the official conference blog.

We expect you to submit an outline of your proposed talk, either in the form of a mind map or a text document or draft slides within two weeks of submitting your proposal.

Selection Process Flowchart

You can check back on this page for the status of your proposal. We will notify you if we either move your proposal to the next round or if we reject it. Selected speakers must participate in one or two rounds of rehearsals before the conference. This is mandatory and helps you to prepare well for the conference.

A speaker is NOT confirmed a slot unless we explicitly mention so in an email or over any other medium of communication.

There is only one speaker per session. Entry is free for selected speakers.

Travel Grants

As our budget is limited, we prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. HasGeek provides these limited grants where applicable:

  • Two grants covering travel and accommodation for international speakers.
  • Three grants covering travel and accommodation for domestic speakers.

Grants will be made available to speakers delivering full sessions (40 minutes or longer).
*Speaker travel grants will be given in the order of preference to students, women, persons of non-binary genders, and speakers from Asia and Africa.

Commitment to Open Source

HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like for it to be available under a permissive open source licence. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licences (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognise that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support us in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a “sponsored session”.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for submitting proposals: 10 April, 2017
  • Final conference schedule: 15 April 2017
  • Conference dates: 11-12 May, 2017

Contact

For more information about speaking proposals, tickets and sponsorships, contact info@hasgeek.com or call +91-7676332020.


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Ritesh Modi

@riteshm

Control it like IaaS, scale it like PaaS

Submitted Feb 7, 2017

IaaS provides complete control and flexibility over infrastructure on cloud while PaaS provides seamless scalability. PaaS can help scaling up and out automatically based on configured triggers. How good it would be to have a way to deploy virtual machines on cloud and manage it like PaaS by scaling in or out based on your own defined triggers. Virtual machine Scale Sets(VMSS) on Azure provides such a paradigm. VMSS allows to provision Linux or windows virtual machines as a set and manages them together. This provides massive scalability to applications while keeping the costs under check. In this session, we will understand the principles of VMSS, provision compute resources as a set, deploy and run application on them attached to load balancer. Moreover, it will show how to configure scaling up and down of compute resources using custom definitions. The VMSS compute resources will be provisioned and tested using scripts and templates that adheres to infrastructure as code practices. VMSS not only makes applications highly scalable but also highly available.

Outline

• What are Virtual machine Scale Sets? (2 mins)

• Advantages and importance of VMSS? (3 mins)

• Building a Scale Set using template (5 min)

• Load Balancing a Scale Set (10 min)

• Operational validation of a scale Set (5 min)

• Auto-Scale in and out a scale Set (10 min)

• QnA (5 min)

Speaker bio

Ritesh is technology architect and Senior Technology Evangelist with Microsoft having 14+ years of experience in industry. He is a known Industry leader, published author and well know speaker at multiple national and international events. He’s an expert on Azure, DevOps, Bots, Cognitive, IOT, PowerShell, SharePoint, SQL Server and System Center. He has co-authored a book titled “Introducing Windows Server 2016 technical Preview” along with Windows Server team. He is currently writing a Book on DevOps to be published in march this year. He has spoken at multiple conferences including TechEd and PowerShell Asia conference and is a published author for MSDN magazine. He has more than a decade of experience in building and deploying enterprise solutions for customers. He blogs at http://automationnext.wordpress.com and can be followed on Twitter @automationnext.

Links

Slides

https://github.com/riteshmodi123/Presentations/blob/master/VMSS.pptx

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