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Learn from John Willis

John Willis, @botchagalupe on Twitter, is going to be up from Atlanta to speak to the group.

John has been involved in DevOps from the early days and has been one of DevOps primary promoters. He is currently involved in a new startup, Stateless Networks, where he's doing software defined networking working. His talk is going to cover DevOps and the impact it can have on the networking world (this is a great follow on to Jeremy's talk, but you don't need to have attended that talk to get value from this one). 

We're at Bronto this time. Doors open at 6:45pm, as usual. Pizza, soda, beer, and water will be provided.

I look forward to seeing everyone who can make it out.

More details on John's talk and his bio are below.

- Mark


Alice In Wonderland - Devops and Openstack Networking 

Around 6 years ago I started working with some tools that focused on software engineering collaboration and automation for operations. At the time products like CFEngine and Puppet were the two main tools promoting this new way of doing operations and sharing within operations and software development. A year later Chef was born and I was fortunate enough to join Opscode as the 9th employee as an evangelist preaching this disruptive form of collaboration and automation. At the time a majority of IT infrastructure was managed by what I called the “Bob’s” of the world. Bob’s scripts, Bob’s directories and Bob to death do us part. Trying to explain to Bob the benefits of collaboration and software engineering principles was a hard fought battle over the years. One of the compelling events that helped propel these ideas (what we now call Devops) was cloud computing in the form of IaaS for compute resources. Fast forward to 2014 and these infrastructure automation and collaboration battles still exist but the battles are far less bloody. Now a new war is emerging in the network operations and engineering space. The same argument for network operations adopting these principles is the same as system ops; however, now the new compelling events are network virtualization and Software Defined Networks in cloud infrastructures. Cloud engineers and network operations are dealing with the complexities of managing a new breed of software based network gear like Arista, Cumulus and Insieme along with virtualized network infrastructure like Openvswitch, Openflow, OpenDaylight and NSX. Configuration tools are starting to get more sophisticated on these virtualized networks doing things like automated VLAN to Port mapping and basic system hardening. Chef and Puppet both have introduced primitives supporting platforms like Arista and Cumulus Networks. Help me start the discussion of what Devops and Openstack Networking really could mean.

John Willis is the VP of Customer Enablement for Stateless Networks. Willis, a 30-year systems management veteran, joined Stateless Networks from Dell where he was Chief DevOps evangelist. Willis, a noted expert on agile philosophies in systems management, came to Dell as part of their Enstratius acquisition. At Enstratius, Willis was the VP of Customer Enablement responsible for product support and services for the multi-cloud management platform. During his career, he has held positions at Opscode and also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award-winning IBM business partner specializing in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems. He is also co author of the “Devops Cookbook” and the upcoming “Network Operations” published by O”Reilly.

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  • Magnus H.

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • Ameet

    Good topic and great speaker. Looking forward to more such presentations. Thanks to John ,Mark and Bronto Software

    2 · May 23, 2014

  • Chris M.

    Great topic and of course great speaker

    May 23, 2014

  • Brian G.

    Another explanation of SDN for @StevenTardy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60tjA-VHVfg&list=UU-Y6jUuAIg49dRBbBNf_S7w. Once we get to a point where networking paradigms align to what we've seen on the server, then we can begin to apply similar types of automation/config-mgmt.

    May 22, 2014

  • Brian D.

    Great presentation, I very much enjoyed the post-presentation follow-up discussions as well.

    May 22, 2014

  • Mark H.

    Pretty good for an old Tivoli guy.

    May 22, 2014

  • Steven T.

    Great talk! devops is a great movement and an obvious progression, but definitely a mindset reversal.

    Given SDN could be defined as "remote switch configuration"... We have had this for 15+ years. It's called SNMP. How is a name change going to magically make things better? Will need ($vendor/$model specific) translations from the common/abstracted "SDN DSL" to something each switch can understand. Each $vendor isn't going to have the exact same programmatic interface just because it is called SDN. How is SDN going to succeed where SNMP has failed?

    May 22, 2014

  • Jonathan M.

    Great talk, inspired me

    May 21, 2014

  • Valerie P.

    Inspiring. Thank you for continuing to bring high-quality talks to our area.

    May 21, 2014

  • Melissa C.

    Great to see everyone tonight! Don't forget to check out www.bronto.com/careers! be sure to check out our life in engineering - brontonation - youtube videos too!

    1 · May 21, 2014

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