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Mark Burgess presents DevOps and The Future of Configuration Management

  • May 25, 2011 · 7:00 PM
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Mark Burgess is the founder, chairman, CTO and principal author of Cfengine. He is Professor of Network and System Administration at Oslo University College and has led the way in theory and practice of automation and policy based management for 20 years. In the 1990s he underlined the importance of idempotent, autonomous desired state management ("convergence") and formalised cooperative systems in the 2000s ("promise theory"). He is the author of numerous books and papers on Network and System Administration and has won several prizes for his work.

Check out his blog here: http://www.iu.hio.no/~mark/index.html

Check out Cfengine here: http://www.cfengine.org/

 

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  • Alex F.

    Excellent presentation, many thanks to Mr. Burgess for finding time to stop by, and to nycdevops meetup organizers for making this happen.

    May 26, 2011

  • keith o.

    Mark Burgess is a good presenter who was very intelligent and entertaining as a speaker. I would go to another presentation made by Mark and his experience as a professor comes through during his talk. Mark did an excellent job presenting the theory and logic behind CFEngine but did not go any specifics about CFENgine until after the presentation was done.

    May 26, 2011

  • Alexis L.

    I loved the lecture but wished the demo had taken place earlier and was prepared. Starting from first principles is great in a book, less so in a presentation I've discovered.

    May 26, 2011

  • Greg D.

    Whoever planned and organized this meetup is gd genius

    May 26, 2011

  • Francis K.

    Seriously refreshing, a very forward thinking presentation. I would like to see more of this type of discussion. An excellent marriage of academia and industry, bringing together the best elements of both (and leaving behind the worst). And the metaphoric imagery was stellar and very convincing. A++!

    May 26, 2011

  • Francis K.

    Sorry, obviously I meant "Back to The Future". Clearly.

    May 24, 2011

  • Francis K.

    Fascinating also is that the face of Immunology has changed significantly since '98. This meetup should just be renamed to "The Future".

    May 24, 2011

  • Francis K.

    Published 1998! Actually starting a rotation this week in DNA nanocomputing - modeling of biology as computer systems, so we have bidirectional convergence here: http://bit.ly/me5TpX .. I'm focusing on distributed computation and automation (all very related). Awesome - this stuff is what keeps me up at night.

    May 24, 2011

  • Sean O.

    Francis, that's where the concept of convergence comes into play: http://www.usenix.org/event/lisa98/full_papers/burgess/burgess.pdf

    1 · May 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're running a related event the next day (Percona Live, http://www.percona.com/live/, an intensive MySQL conference). We could offer a couple free Percona Live tickets to be given away at this meetup, to entice people to attend! Let me know if you want 'em.

    May 24, 2011

  • Francis K.

    Huh - very interesting. And a really nice (Springer) publication list. Posted the related paper on cfengine for anyone interested:
    http://wongburger.bio.nyu.edu/~fkirigin/media/mburgess-springer-2002.pdf
    "Some authors have likened such mechanisms to the need for a generic immune system" .. I was _just_discussing this level of immune system modeling earlier this week. Good stuff!

    May 18, 2011

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