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Schedule for the conference on 24 November is published.

Why SRE Conf?

When any organization goes from product market fit or beta test phase to production rollout, or from first x customers to 10x or 100x customers and starts scaling, they typically start running into challenges with systems stability and resiliency. These challenges change with every phase of growth. So does the need for having a SRE team and/or a DevOps team, and the role these teams play.
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to what roles these teams should play, and which tools various teams should use to track the metrics and processes involved. But there are some common building blocks that apply in similar (and different) ways and forms for most teams. The idea of the SRE Conference is to get together and to know about these building blocks, share and learn about the themes that fall under the SRE umbrella.

SRE Conf tracks

SRE Conf is a two-track conference. The track, “Culture, career and Evolution” is more focused on leadership, team, and organizational topics while the “Stories from the Trenches” track will cover real-world scenarios, and lessons learned which will help engineers and engineering teams to upskill themselves by understanding experiences from their industry peers.

Culture, career, and evolution

  1. SRE v/s DevOps v/s Platform Engineering teams in organizations.
  2. Hiring and building SRE teams.
  3. Blameless postmortems.
  4. Role of AI in SRE/DevOps/Platforms.
  5. FinOps and cost optimization.
  6. SRE Anti-patterns

Stories from the trenches:

  1. Incident management.
  2. Change management.
  3. Scalability and performance.
  4. SLA/SLO and golden signals.
  5. Security and DevSecOps.
  6. Systems and networking.

Key takeaways for participants

  1. Improved understanding of organizational needs and requirements.
  2. Enhanced optimization skills.
  3. Networking opportunities.
  4. Knowledge sharing and community building.

Who should participate

  • Members of SRE, DevOps or platform teams.
  • A software developer or manager who is responsible for services running on any cloud platform or on-prem data center.
  • Technology leader of an engineering team that manages critical systems which should have minimal to zero downtime.

Speaking

If you are interested in speaking at the conference, submit your talk idea here. The editors - Sarika Atri, Safeer CM and Saurabh Hirani - will review your talk description and give feedback.

Speakers will also receive feedback and assistance during rehearsals from past speakers such as Sitaram Shelke.

Guidelines for speaking, speaker honorarium policy, and travel grant policy details are published here.

About the editors

This conference themes were set up by Sarika Atri and Safeer CM. Together with Saurabh Hirani, the three editors have:

  1. Reviewed the talks.
  2. Set up the editorial workflow.
  3. Finalized talk selections.
  4. Curated the schedule.

Sarika Atri is Software Architect with over twenty years experience in the industry. Sarika was reviewer for Rootconf Cloud Costs Optimization conference held in July 2023.
Safeer CM is Senior Staff SRE at Flipkart. He is author of Architecting Cloud-Native Serverless Solutions published by Packt.
Saurabh Hirani is former editor of Rootconf, and a passionate member of the community. Saurabh is SRE at Last9.io,. He has a keen interest in mentoring speakers.

Become a Rootconf Member to join

SRE Conf is a community-funded conference. It will be held in-person. Attendance is open to Rootconf members only. Support this conference with a membership. If you have questions about participation, post a comment here.

Sponsorship

Sponsorship slots are open for:

  1. Tool and solutions providers.
  2. Companies interested in tech branding for hiring.

Email sponsorship queries to sales@hasgeek.com

Contact information

Join the Rootconf Telegram group at https://t.me/rootconf or follow @rootconf on Twitter.
For inquiries, contact Rootconf at +91-7676332020.

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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

Accepting submissions

Not accepting submissions

The themes for SRE Conf are explained here Submission structure guidelines If you are interested in speaking at the conference, note the following guidelines for making a submission: Abstract - share a short abstract (of 500-1,000 words) describing the talk and why someone should attend it. Vague a… expand

The themes for SRE Conf are explained here

Submission structure guidelines

If you are interested in speaking at the conference, note the following guidelines for making a submission:

  1. Abstract - share a short abstract (of 500-1,000 words) describing the talk and why someone should attend it. Vague abstract is one of the main reasons why talks get rejected. Spend time thinking about what are you sharing and why are those learnings important.
  2. Overview video - A short (<= 2 min) video expanding on the abstract to showcase. Think elevator pitch, and what specific areas will you address in your talk.
  3. If you already have slides, please share them. If this is a repeat talk of a previous one done by you, please call it out and share links.
  4. You can also strengthen your case by sharing links to your previous talks, blog posts or interesting GitHub repos that you feel back up your pitch as a speaker.
  5. Basis the above criteria, your talk will be evaluated. Watch your submission for comments from editors, and for status updates.

Some good reference submission guidelines.

  1. https://www.usenix.org/conference/srecon20americas/proposal-guidelines
  2. https://us.pycon.org/2023/speaking/guidelines/

Preference will be given to talk experiential talks such as case studies, journeyman stories and implementation stories.

The call for submissions will close on 30 September. Talks will be selected on a rolling basis, as individuals make submissions.

If you have questions about submitting a talk or speaking at the conference, post a comment here

Travel for outstation - domestic and international - speakers

Rootconf is a community funded organization. Individuals join as members and contribute to the community’s monetary pool. The current community pool doesn’t provide for travel grants for SRE Conf.
Speakers may note the following:

  • Speakers (or their companies) can fund their travel and accommodation for the conference in exchange for sponsorship credits.
  • Speakers delivering talks as part of sponsored talks will have to cover their own travel and accommodation. This will not be counted as part of sponsorship credits.

Speaker honorarium

SRE Conf is funded by the Rootconf membership pool. Speakers will be paid an honorarium of Rs. 3,000 provided funds are available from the community pool. If a talk has two speakers, the honorarium amount will be split between two speakers.
Honorarium will be paid after the conference is completed, subject to funds being available from the community’s pool.

Preeti

Deep dive into analyzing high cardinality metrics

Introduction Metrics are the fundamental unit of time series databases (TSDB). They consist of labels which denote dimensions e.g. http_status_code, url, etc. Critical insights require metrics to have both breadth (e.g. large number of labels) and depth (e.g. each label having a large number of unique values). This makes up metric cardinality. Higher cardinality == deeper insights. This talk will… more
  • 4 comments
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 30 Sep 2023

Biju Chacko

Hacking Organisations -- From SRE to SRE Manager

Short Abstract Most SREs consider the manager track at some point. But while it’s easy to read about the technical and project management aspects of being an SRE Manager there’s very little about the reality of the day to day job. more
  • 1 comment
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 27 Oct 2023
Jaideep Khandelwal

Jaideep Khandelwal

Cost Optimization: Not my infrastructure, but my architecture is the culprit.

Come economic winter and as Infrastructure engineer your calendar is booked for multiple meetings/calls titled “Optimising Cloud Cost”. I am sure it sounds familiar. Everyone in the engineering teams prioritises cutting the cloud cost. But this is often a reactive and partial approach. Why? As an observation, we only optimise what is visible to us and pluck low-hanging fruits. What we often need … more
  • 1 comment
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 21 Oct 2023

Anush Arvind

No downtime migration of stateful servers

In an era defined by continuous innovation and relentless user expectations, the significance of seamless transitions cannot be overstated. Today, we delve into the intricate landscape of stateful server migration and its pivotal role in ensuring uninterrupted service delivery. more
  • 3 comments
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 23 Aug 2023
Chinmay Naik

Chinmay Naik

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Lessons learned while managing a Terabyte scale database for three nines of uptime

Title Lessons learned while self-managing Terabyte scale database for three nines of uptime more
  • 1 comment
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 16 Oct 2023

Harsh Mittal Speaker

The power of adaptation: lessons from crafting malleable systems

Failures are part of the tech landscape, inevitable and unstoppable. No matter how much you prepare, failures will happen. Sure, a well-organized SOP can speed up recovery time, but what you really need is the ability to bounce back when things go haywire. more
  • 0 comments
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 15 Nov 2023
Sreeram Venkitesh

Sreeram Venkitesh

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Scaling neetoDeploy from zero to production - Building, maintaining and optimizing our cloud deployment platform

At BigBinary, we’ve been building neetoDeploy for the past one year. more
  • 2 comments
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 27 Oct 2023

Ravindra Harish

SRE: "Toil Reduction" through Communication/Collaboration/Coordination!

Among the fundamental pillars of the SRE practice and framework, “Toil Reduction” is one that gives SREs a kick for rightly serving both the left (engineering) and right (operations) parties of the product. It reflects the principles for which Google introduced SRE in the first place. As they famously said, “Put a software engineer in front of an operational problem and see how the paradigm chang… more
  • 6 comments
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 19 Sep 2023

Raadhikaa Srinivasan

Shell based architecture for maintaining High Availability

High availability is critical for tech companies to meet user expectations, maintain business operations, honor SLAs, gain a competitive edge and scale operations in their services or products. Maintaining high availability requires implementing a robust architecture. It is a challenge faced by every multi-tenant tech company that has grown larger over the past years, in terms of number of custom… more
  • 4 comments
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 30 Sep 2023

Vineeth Chandran

Exploring Flipkart's Hybrid Cloud Billing and Optimisation Platform

Amidst the constantly changing e-commerce landscape, Flipkart is swiftly integrating hybrid cloud solutions to achieve the optimal mix of scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. more
  • 1 comment
  • Submitted
  • 27 Oct 2023

Biju Chacko

How to Hire SREs

Short Abstract One of the biggest challenges of leading SREs is increasing capacity to respond to business need. Demand almost always outstrips supply. Hiring is usually the fastest solution but only if it is planned and executed well. more
  • 1 comment
  • Submitted
  • 27 Oct 2023

siddharth shashikar

Multi-tenant observability for cloud-native stack - What, why, and how

Abstract Observability is the key tenet of running a multi-tenant Kubernetes environment. In this talk, I’ll cover the what, why, and how of setting up multi-tenant Observability using open-source tools. This multi-tenant system supported 800+ B2B customers across multiple public clouds and private data centers. more
  • 1 comment
  • Submitted
  • 25 Oct 2023

Ashutosh Agrawal Speaker

SRE for time-sensitive events like live streaming cricket in India!

SRE for time-sensitive events like live streaming cricket in India! more
  • 1 comment
  • Submitted
  • 01 Nov 2023

Vineeth Vadrevu

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Beyond Proxy: Authentication, Hybrid Cloud Connectivity & Encryption using Apache Traffic Server

Beyond Proxy: Authentication, Hybrid Cloud Connectivity & Encryption using Apache Traffic Server. Apache Traffic Server software is a fast, scalable and extensible HTTP/1.1 & HTTP/2 compliant caching forward and reverse proxy server. Its opensource and used by several major CDNs and content owners. Due to the nature and scale of Hadoop Big Data, some crucial use-cases present unique challenges; s… more
  • 1 comment
  • Under evaluation
  • 13 Oct 2023

Anush Arvind

SRE's learnings from incidents to build a robust test driven infrastructure development framework

In the rapidly evolving landscape of Software as a Service (SaaS) products, the core infrastructure serves as the backbone that upholds user experiences, reliability, and scalability. As demands on SaaS products grow, the need for a robust and agile development approach becomes paramount. Enter Test-Driven Development (TDD) - a methodology renowned for its effectiveness in software development, y… more
  • 2 comments
  • Submitted
  • 23 Aug 2023

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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