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Wednesday, September 24 • 5:10pm - 6:00pm
Tools and Virtualization to Manage our Operations at Puppet Labs - Cody Herriges, Puppet Labs

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Puppet Labs Technical Operations Team delivers base infrastructure building blocks and services to the rest of the company for everything from core networking to web hosting and application management. There are two main approaches to reducing the overhead and complexity of managing heterogeneous infrastructure; standardization and automation, each one can be pursued to varying degrees. We are a team of diverse backgrounds so while we may standardize on a technology we do so on a case by case basis taking into consideration the strengths and weaknesses of each technology. Plus when you are a company that builds tools for managing infrastructure you can't just be an expert in VMware products or AWS based architectures, you have to be comfortable no matter where you tread. This has led us to an infrastructure with eight different virtualization platforms, four different cloud providers, and many hardware vendors.

This talk will address the problem of delivering an efficient infrastructure on a top of a highly heterogeneous virtualinfrastructure. We'll present the criteria Operations has began following when selecting a new platform and how this criteria is enabling us to pare back and confidently remove some legacy platforms. When is it appropriate to not automate, if ever? How does Puppet Labs™ tools help pull our automation hurdle down and allow us to focus on providing end user value.

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Cody Herriges

Operations Engineer, Puppet Labs
Cody started his career in the world of higher education infrastructure management. A world full of complicated sets of software never meant to be consumed by the average end user. Keeping all these stacks of software in-line was only possible through automation. The longer he worked... Read More →

Wednesday September 24, 2014 5:10pm - 6:00pm
Golden Gate B B2

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