Miniconf on Cloud Server Management (Mumbai)

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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Ambar Seksena

Ansible and Terraform for configuration management on AWS

Submitted Nov 5, 2017

This workshop will get you acquainted with Ansible: a powerful, popular CM (Configuration Management) framework and Terraform: Hashicorp’s popular infrastructure-as-code tool. These are mostly cloud-agnostic tools but we will be focusing on AWS for this workshop.


  • We will kick-start with a short demo: we’ll use Ansible’s agent-less server orchestration capabilities to solve a common DevOps problem. We’ll then learn some ad-hoc Ansible commands that deliver immediate utility with almost no learning curve. Next, we’ll write a basic Ansible playbook that accomplishes something relatively small but significant. We’ll move on to more advanced Ansible topics as time permits: roles, vars, handlers, templates, tags, managing dynamic cloud inventory (e.g. in an ASG), using Ansible-Vault and Ansible-Galaxy. If there’s time, we’ll show you how to write your own Ansible module.

  • We’ll next move onto Terraform, starting with the basics again - the “dev loop” of init, plan, apply, destroy. We’ll run through the same basic single-VM example using Terraform HCL. We’ll take about tfstate files and how to manage state, how to externalize config.

  • We’ll show a quick demo of bringing up an entire environment consisting of possibly multiple stacks with Terraform and then configuring it with Ansible.

  • Ansible vs Terraform vs CloudFormation vs ...

  • Some typical use-cases for these tools, which tool to use when

  • Tips on debugging Ansible and Terraform

  • Some best practices and gotchas when using these tools


No prior knowledge of either Ansible or Terraform is required, as we will start from scratch. Some familiarity with AWS (or any other cloud) will be helpful.
Laptops are required as the instruction will mostly be hands-on.
Python 2.7+ (or 3.x) must be installed beforehand.
Please install Ansible (preferably using pip install ansible)
Please install Terraform (

Speaker bio

Ambar: Principal Engineer at CloudCover. Whether making code or breaking code, he loves to “automate ALL the things!”
Akshay: Software Dev and Top Nerd at CloudCover.
Deepak: DevOps Maverick at CloudCover with oodles of Ansible, Terraform and SRE experience.


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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