Miniconf on Cloud Server Management (Chennai)

On costs, scaling and securing cloud servers

##About the event

Cloud server management brings with it as many challenges as it offers conveniences. It is time to unbundle questions about:

  1. Resource allocation: how best to allocate manpower, time, money and infrastructure capacity?
  2. Scaling: how best to utilize capacity in the present, and factors involved in planning for the future?
  3. Security: which scenarios must you plan for, and how best to secure your data, applications and systems?

##Who should submit a talk

If you:

  1. Work with cloud servers,
  2. Plan and manage infrastructure,
  3. Make decisions on technology and architecture for your organization,

submit a talk for any of the three events in this series.


Each event is single-day, with about 4-5 short and long talks, 2-3 demos, one BOF, and a three-hour workshop on configuration management.

We are accepting proposals for:

  • 30-minute talks – which cover conceptual topics and case studies.
  • Crisp 15-minute talks – on new tools and techniques in cloud server management.
  • 5-10 min demos.
  • Birds of Feather (BOF) sessions, led by 1-3 persons from the community, on a relevant topic.
  • 3-hour hands-on workshops on configuration management.

##Selection process

Proposals will be shortlisted and reviewed by an editorial team consisting of practitioners from the community. Make sure your abstract contains the following information:

  1. Key insights you will present, or takeaways for the audience.
  2. Overall flow of the content.

You must submit links to videos of talks you have delivered in the past, or record and upload a two-min self-recorded video explaining what your talk is about, and why is it relevant for this event.

Also consider submitting links to:

  1. A detailed outline, or
  2. Mindmap, explaining the structure of the talk, or
  3. Draft slides

along with your proposal.

##Honorarium for selected speakers; travel grants

Selected speakers and workshop instructors will receive an honorarium of Rs. 3,000 each, at the end of their talk. Confirmed speakers and instructors also get a pass to the conference and networking dinner. We do not provide free passes for speakers’ colleagues and spouses.

Travel grants are available for domestic speakers. We evaluate each case on its merits, giving preference to women, people of non-binary gender, and Africans.
If you require a grant, request it when you submit your proposal in the field where you add your location. Rootconf Miniconf is funded through ticket purchases and sponsorships; travel grant budgets vary.

##Important dates

Cloud Sever Management Miniconf in Chennai: 25 November, 2017
Cloud Sever Management Miniconf in Mumbai: 8 December, 2017
Cloud Sever Management Miniconf in Delhi: 9 December, 2017

##Contact details:
For more information about speaking, Rootconf, the Miniconf series, sponsorships, tickets, or any other information contact or call 7676332020.

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Aayush Kumar


PLUTUS : Serverless monitoring and alerting of costs incurred on AWS

Submitted Nov 8, 2017

We at Indix, a Data as a Service company, are building world’s largest cloud catalog for structured marketplace product information. Our scale of data is in TBs which we deliver to our customers through APIs and Bulk Feeds. We use resources on AWS cloud extensively which comes at a significant cost.

As our infrastructure scaled, we realised cost optimisation on AWS cloud as an important operational challege. We adopted most of the standard best practices for controlling costs which reduced our cloud costs to a large extent. However, one of our biggest challenge was to keep track of costs which were incurred on account of unexpected or unknown events like rapid upscaling/downscaling of Autoscaling Groups, untracked Hadoop jobs with a potential to incur huge data transfer costs, ondemand EC2 instances which are not in use and ofcourse human erros.

This is where we built “Plutus”, a near real time cost monitoring tool, where we could programatically monitor cost on each and every AWS resource and get alerted when a set threshold cost is crossed for a resource on daily/weekly basis. Post deploying this, we are now able to keep track of the cost incurred by all our systems which definitely gives us a tight control over our monthly AWS expenses.

In this talk, I’ll talk about our learnings on cost optimisation, the strategies on AWS we follow at Indix, architecture and implentation of Plutus, it’s direct impact on AWS costs and it’s future scope of being a full fledged open source project.


  1. Introduction
  2. AWS cost control best practices
  3. Need for building Plutus despite of all the cost control measures
  4. Plutus architecture how it works.
  5. Impact of Plutus and future scope.

Speaker bio

Aayush Kumar works as an Infrastructure and DevOps Engineer at Indix. Focuses on automating the unautomated and is always curious to understand systems if not contribute to it.



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