Configuration Management Panel

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Accepted Session
Long form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 1:45 – 3:30pm in Fremont

Excerpt

Configuration management tools are finally coming into their own. Powerful, automated infrastructure management is now available in a wide variety of open source tools. Tools written in different languages, using varying operational methodologies and embracing differing philosophies. Come meet some of the creators and maintainers of these cutting edge tools like cfengine, Puppet, AutomateIT, Chef, and bcfg2 and quiz them in the why and hows of their tools and the philosophies behind them.

Description

A panel discussing the landscape and evolution of open source configuration management tools like cfengine, Puppet, AutomateIT, Chef and bcfg2.

Tentative panel members are:

- Luke Kanies from Reductive Labs for Puppet
- Brendan Strejcek of Cfengine
- Adam Jacob from Opscode for Chef
- Narayan Desai of bcfg2
- Igal Koshevoy of AutomateIt

Engage with the creators and maintainers of these tools. Understand how they’ve chosen to develop their tools and why. Explore the operational models, methodologies and philosophies behind their approach to managing infrastructure.

Come and learn from the combined expertise of some of the best minds in the system administration and development communities. This promises to a lively and informative discussion about the cutting-edge of systems administration and infrastructure management tools and techniques.

Speaking experience

Speakers

  • Narayan Desai

    Argonne National Laboratory

    Biography

    Narayan Desai is a principal experimental systems engineer at Argonne National Laboratory. He specializes in system software and system management issues, specifically for very large scale parallel computing systems. He has written and spoken widely on these issues, and leads the Bcfg2 configuration management project.

    Sessions

      • Title: Configuration Management Panel
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: Fremont
      • Time: 1:453:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Configuration management tools are finally coming into their own. Powerful, automated infrastructure management is now available in a wide variety of open source tools. Tools written in different languages, using varying operational methodologies and embracing differing philosophies. Come meet some of the creators and maintainers of these cutting edge tools like cfengine, Puppet, AutomateIT, Chef, and bcfg2 and quiz them in the why and hows of their tools and the philosophies behind them.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/64">James Turnbull</a>, <a href="/users/1">Igal Koshevoy</a>, <a href="/users/306">Luke Kanies</a>, <a href="/users/333">Narayan Desai</a>, <a href="/users/202">Adam Jacob</a>, <a href="/users/362">Brendan Strejcek</a>
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    Adam Jacob

    Opscode

    Biography

    A twelve year system operations veteran, Adam is the CTO of Opscode, whose mission is to bring “Infrastructure Automation to the Masses”. He is the primary author of Chef.

    Sessions

      • Title: Configuration Management Panel
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: Fremont
      • Time: 1:453:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Configuration management tools are finally coming into their own. Powerful, automated infrastructure management is now available in a wide variety of open source tools. Tools written in different languages, using varying operational methodologies and embracing differing philosophies. Come meet some of the creators and maintainers of these cutting edge tools like cfengine, Puppet, AutomateIT, Chef, and bcfg2 and quiz them in the why and hows of their tools and the philosophies behind them.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/64">James Turnbull</a>, <a href="/users/1">Igal Koshevoy</a>, <a href="/users/306">Luke Kanies</a>, <a href="/users/333">Narayan Desai</a>, <a href="/users/202">Adam Jacob</a>, <a href="/users/362">Brendan Strejcek</a>
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    Luke Kanies

    Reductive Labs

    Biography

    Luke has been publishing and speaking on his work in Unix administration since 1997. He has focused on tool development since 2001, developing and publishing multiple simple sysadmin tools and contributing to established products like Cfengine. He founded Reductive Labs in 2005 as a response to the stagnation in sysadmin tools, to be a vehicle for changing the way we interact with and manage our computers. He founded and is the project lead for Puppet, an open-source automation framework written in Ruby, and he is always researching and developing new ways to make it easier to talk to computers on your terms. He has presented on Puppet and other tools around the world, including at OSCON, LISA, Linux.Conf.au, and FOSS.in.

    Sessions

      • Title: Configuration Management Panel
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: Fremont
      • Time: 1:453:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Configuration management tools are finally coming into their own. Powerful, automated infrastructure management is now available in a wide variety of open source tools. Tools written in different languages, using varying operational methodologies and embracing differing philosophies. Come meet some of the creators and maintainers of these cutting edge tools like cfengine, Puppet, AutomateIT, Chef, and bcfg2 and quiz them in the why and hows of their tools and the philosophies behind them.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/64">James Turnbull</a>, <a href="/users/1">Igal Koshevoy</a>, <a href="/users/306">Luke Kanies</a>, <a href="/users/333">Narayan Desai</a>, <a href="/users/202">Adam Jacob</a>, <a href="/users/362">Brendan Strejcek</a>
      • Title: Puppet Q&A
      • Track: BoF
      • Room: Burnside
      • Time: 7:008:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Ask the main Puppet developers about the state of the software, its roadmap, or anything else you’re interested in.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/306">Luke Kanies</a>, <a href="/users/64">James Turnbull</a>
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    Igal Koshevoy

    Open Source Bridge Foundation

    Biography

    Sessions

      • Title: Configuration Management Panel
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: Fremont
      • Time: 1:453:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Configuration management tools are finally coming into their own. Powerful, automated infrastructure management is now available in a wide variety of open source tools. Tools written in different languages, using varying operational methodologies and embracing differing philosophies. Come meet some of the creators and maintainers of these cutting edge tools like cfengine, Puppet, AutomateIT, Chef, and bcfg2 and quiz them in the why and hows of their tools and the philosophies behind them.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/64">James Turnbull</a>, <a href="/users/1">Igal Koshevoy</a>, <a href="/users/306">Luke Kanies</a>, <a href="/users/333">Narayan Desai</a>, <a href="/users/202">Adam Jacob</a>, <a href="/users/362">Brendan Strejcek</a>
      • Title: Effective code sprinting
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: Burnside
      • Time: 11:20am12:05pm
      • Excerpt:

        Code sprints are events where developers quickly complete coding tasks in a collaborative environment. A panel of skilled developers will share their experiences for organizing effective code sprints so you can better participate and organize your own. The panel members have organized and participated in over a hundred sprints (ranging from Django to JRuby) and used sprints as the primary way to develop community-oriented projects (e.g., Calagator). While most of the discussion will be about volunteer-run open source code sprints, many of the ideas will be readily applicable to improving development at your workplace. The panel will offer practical, actionable advice that you can use and answer your questions.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1">Igal Koshevoy</a>, <a href="/users/6">Reid Beels</a>, <a href="/users/5">Audrey Eschright</a>
      • Title: Creating conference sites with OpenConferenceWare
      • Track: BoF
      • Room: Burnside
      • Time: 8:3010:00pm
      • Excerpt:

        OpenConferenceWare is the application running this site. The software is themeable, customizable and open sourced: anyone can use it to run their own conference site. OpenConferenceWare’s developers would like to talk with users about making the software better, organizers about using it for other events, and with those interested in joining the development team.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/1">Igal Koshevoy</a>, <a href="/users/6">Reid Beels</a>
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    Biography

    Brendan Strejcek is a consultant and Unix expert. He focuses on automating systems spanning multiple nodes, particularly with Cfengine, which he has been using since 2003. He is active in the Cfengine user community and is involved with the launch of Cfengine 3, a next generation configuration management framework.

    He currently works for OANDA, an online currency brokerage based in Toronto.

    Sessions

      • Title: Configuration Management Panel
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: Fremont
      • Time: 1:453:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Configuration management tools are finally coming into their own. Powerful, automated infrastructure management is now available in a wide variety of open source tools. Tools written in different languages, using varying operational methodologies and embracing differing philosophies. Come meet some of the creators and maintainers of these cutting edge tools like cfengine, Puppet, AutomateIT, Chef, and bcfg2 and quiz them in the why and hows of their tools and the philosophies behind them.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/64">James Turnbull</a>, <a href="/users/1">Igal Koshevoy</a>, <a href="/users/306">Luke Kanies</a>, <a href="/users/333">Narayan Desai</a>, <a href="/users/202">Adam Jacob</a>, <a href="/users/362">Brendan Strejcek</a>
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    James Turnbull

    Puppet Labs

    Biography

    James is an author and open source geek. James authored the first (and thus far only) book about Puppet. He is also the author of three other books including Pro Linux System Administration, Pro Nagios 2.0, and Hardening Linux.

    For a real job, James is Director of Operations for Puppet Labs. He likes food, wine, books, photography and cats. He is not overly keen on long walks on the beach and holding hands.

    Sessions

      • Title: Configuration Management Panel
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: Fremont
      • Time: 1:453:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Configuration management tools are finally coming into their own. Powerful, automated infrastructure management is now available in a wide variety of open source tools. Tools written in different languages, using varying operational methodologies and embracing differing philosophies. Come meet some of the creators and maintainers of these cutting edge tools like cfengine, Puppet, AutomateIT, Chef, and bcfg2 and quiz them in the why and hows of their tools and the philosophies behind them.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/64">James Turnbull</a>, <a href="/users/1">Igal Koshevoy</a>, <a href="/users/306">Luke Kanies</a>, <a href="/users/333">Narayan Desai</a>, <a href="/users/202">Adam Jacob</a>, <a href="/users/362">Brendan Strejcek</a>
      • Title: Puppet Q&A
      • Track: BoF
      • Room: Burnside
      • Time: 7:008:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Ask the main Puppet developers about the state of the software, its roadmap, or anything else you’re interested in.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/306">Luke Kanies</a>, <a href="/users/64">James Turnbull</a>