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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Ganesh Hegde

@xgt008

Cost Optimizations on AWS: Spend where it really matters

Submitted Jan 27, 2017

Modern startups need to focus on infrastructure optimization without compromising on performance, availability and redundancy to make sure they are efficiently capitalizing on their limited budgets. This talk aims to provide a brief rundown on this based on AWS infrastructure.

Outline

Premise

With infrastructure budgets being a critical component of modern web companies and most of the firms going cloud completely or partially, cost optimization with minimal production impact gains more importance than ever before.
The talk will explore:

  • Some less explored paths for cost savings on AWS without spending additionally
  • Case studies on problems faced when engineering for lower costs

Cost On Optimization on AWS : A practical guide

  • Cost is an afterthought. Shouldn’t be
  • Cloud cost overruns - 5 symptoms
  • Know your enemies
    • Know where exactly are you burning money
    • Using AWS Billing Dashboard to breakdown resource usage
    • Limitations of AWS instance types
  • Docker! Docker! Docker!
    • Impact of Dockerization on your budget
    • Using Docker to optimize resource usage of your hosts
  • Shift to Cheaper regions!
    • Deciding between Latency vs Cost for cheaper regions
    • Headaches to avoid when handling multiple regions
    • Benefits of using a denser region
  • Can you use Spot Fleet?
    • Deciding payloads that can be on Spot Fleet
    • Spot Fleet’s and their limitations
  • Leveraging your CDN to reduce your infra
    • Caching API responses to reduce your infrastructure load
    • Serving assets from S3 wherever possible
    • Caveats
  • Do you really need third party providers?
    • Deciding the right answer for third party cost optimization services
  • Test setup shouldn’t be burning a hole in your pocket
    • Do you really need HA in your test bed 24/7
    • “Production Parity in Test” Greatest fallacies of our generation
  • Reserved Instances Strategies
    • If all fails….

Case Studies

  • Leverage AWS Lambda
    • Use AWS Lambda to intelligently handle compute resources for random, asymmetric workloads using cloudwatch, SQS and boto3
  • Handling resources on non business hours
    • Save on your resources without tampering your developer’s peace of mind using Python, boto3 and Google Sheets API

Requirements

Intermediate to Advanced knowledge of AWS or equivalent concepts in GCP/Azure
Basic to Intermediate knowledge of Linux
Intermediate knowledge of SRE/DevOps concepts

Speaker bio

Senior Software Engineer at Urban Ladder

Slides

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1eTzebUtEXWdxyv4Gl_n7rgQSNunQxYzM9uX8BbgwWVo/present

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