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Operating at scale with puppet by separating data from code

Managing over 10k nodes brings unique challenges, one of them is managing all data in a scalable way, but solving the scalability issue isn't enough. The data must be available and manageable in a user friendly way. This talk is about how we successfully implemented a solution using Hiera, Redis, Sensu, Rails and Grape that made us capable of managing the infrastructure without altering puppet manifests and providing our customers with the ability to not only manage their own data but also build their own applications to manage their infrastructure using our API.


Speaker's Bio's:

Carla Souza
Co-Founder of Puppet Brazil community, Carla Souza currently works for Reliant Security as a Senior Engineer. She has Bachelor in Computer Science from Universidade Federal de Campina Grande in Brazil, 7 years of experience in Unix systems administration and is the author of Puppet Virt module.


Richard Newman
As Managing Partner of Reliant, Richard Newman is responsible for the Company’s day-to-day operations, as well as its strategic direction. A technologist at heart, Richard has more than 15 years of experience in applications and infrastructure. A lead party in five successful start-ups, along with extensive experience consulting to numerous retailers, he is adept at working with both small and large organizations. His technical expertise extends to LANs, WANS, voice and data systems, wireless networks, enterprise storage and SANs, enterprise server platforms, legacy environments and information security. In addition to network and systems design, Richard has worked extensively creating software applications and brings a disciplined approach to Reliant’s product development efforts. Richard graduated in 1991 from Columbia University in New York City.


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  • Robert M.

    Hey everyone, the video is being uploaded to YouTube and will be viewable here: http://youtu.be/H-QDOte1cg8

    October 15, 2013

  • Doug G.

    We'll be opening the doors at 6:30, and the talk will start at 7:00. So that we don't disturb everyone else working in the office, please don't show up too much before 6:30.

    September 26, 2013

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