This week we are attending PuppetConf, an operation conference put on by PuppetLabs in Porland, Oregon, There are descriptions of the tracks below but if you can't be here for the event they are going to be streamed live. "Tickets" to the online streaming are free and you can register to view them through EventBrite.
The PuppetLabs team has graciously included David Nalley and I as part of the program but there are a ton of great presenters attending for the following tracks if you can't make it to Portland, I highly recommend you tune in remotely. Here's a taste of the program:
- Cloud Computing
- Industry leaders from Facebook, Citrix, Eucalyptus, Cloud.com, Cloudera, Redhat, and jclouds guide you through the benefits of various cloud infrastructures and PaaS services, setting up a public or private cloud environment, and a "how-to" for managing large EC2 infrastructures with Puppet. At lunch, a panel session moderated by GigaOM analyst and blogger Derrick Harris will provide an insightful look to the future of cloud computing.
- DevOps has been described as a new practice, the codification of how smart people have always run IT, a buzz word, and a meme that has jumped the shark. One thing is clear: the term incites discussion wherever it goes. We intend PuppetConf to be no different and have gathered some of the DevOps luminaries to present. This includes John Willis and Damen Edwards, hosts of the DevOps Cafe podcast, and John Vincent, avid blogger, developer of Noah and Director of Operations at Vertical Acuity. Bringing the Dev side to the table are: Deepak Giridharagopal, Principal Engineer for Dell, and Kit Plummer, Chief Solutions Architect for MaestroDev.
- Puppet 201
- For those of you who are already experienced Puppet users, we offer a track addressing advanced topics. The track covers integrating with other tools, building your own Puppet subcommands with the Faces API, and talks aimed at bringing you up to speed with using and developing MCollective for orchestration. Advanced users from Google, Media Temple, and eBay will be dishing out expert advice on extending Puppet to fit a customized infrastructure.
- Puppet 101
- We will be presenting a range of introductory level talks aimed at getting you started with Puppet. Early adopter of Puppet, Digant Kasundra, will be presenting on Puppet best practices and will share his years of experience managing an infrastructure at Stanford. Martin Englund of VMWare plans to outline the steps it takes to transition Puppet into a large enterprise, taking you from building a proof of concept to working with Puppet Labs.