SRE Conf 2023
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SRE Conf 2023

Availability and reliability 24/7- the SRE life



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.


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,. 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 slots are open for:

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

Email sponsorship queries to

Contact information

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For inquiries, contact Rootconf at +91-7676332020.

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No downtime migration of stateful servers

Submitted Aug 23, 2023

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.

The Challenge of Stateful Servers:

Stateful servers lie at the heart of SaaS products, holding precious user data, session information, and configurations. Migrating such servers while maintaining business continuity poses a formidable challenge. Unlike stateless components, stateful servers are not merely binaries; they encapsulate users’ interactions, preferences, and experiences. The traditional downtime-laden migrations, no longer sustainable, are against the seamless experience users demand.

The Value of Zero-Downtime Migration:

Zero-downtime migration embodies the core principle of user-centricity. It’s not merely about preserving uptime; it’s about safeguarding user satisfaction, trust, and loyalty. By ensuring no disruptions, SaaS providers demonstrate their commitment to users, reinforcing the belief that their data is secure and their experiences uninterrupted. The intrinsic alignment between zero-downtime migration and business sustainability underscores the paramount importance of adopting this approach.

Benefits Amplified:

Enhanced User Experience: Maintaining service availability during migration fosters positive user perceptions, loyalty, and reduces the risk of churn.
Business Continuity: Zero-downtime migration averts revenue losses, safeguards reputation, and reinforces the SaaS provider’s reliability.
Minimal Impact on Workflows: Users can continue their tasks without disruption, boosting productivity and operational efficiency.
Regulatory Compliance: Data-sensitive industries benefit from migration methods that minimize compliance risks.
Innovation Acceleration: A reliable migration strategy empowers teams to focus on innovation rather than firefighting.

As architects of modern SaaS products, we’re entrusted with the task of orchestrating technology transitions with a human touch. Embracing zero-downtime migration for stateful servers isn’t just a choice; it’s an imperative. It’s an acknowledgment that technology serves humans, not the other way around. It’s a declaration that no user should ever experience service disruption due to our technological advancements. It’s a commitment to the promise that innovation won’t come at the cost of user satisfaction. This talk will focus on how freshservice’s stateful servers were migrated from third party to in house with zero downtime.


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