• Service Mesh: Beyond the hype
    Service meshes undoubtedly bring in a lot of value for managing and operationalizing your production micro services. With all new technologies there is a lot of hype and it’s easy to miss the operational considerations that need to be factored into a technology decision. This month, a speaker from Aporeto will discuss this and cover (1) Operational benefits of service meshes (2) Considerations of where and when services meshes are applicable to your applications. We will dive into some performance trade-offs you will need to make and provide some data to consider when making these trade-offs (3) Considerations when deploying a service mesh in hybrid cloud or multi-cluster environments (4) Security policy governance for your service mesh and non-mesh environments ---- Bio: Ariful Huq - Director of Product Management, Aporeto Ariful has 13 years of experience in developing, launching and operationalizing enterprise security solutions and SaaS services for growth and startup companies. At Aporeto Ariful leads product management. Before joining Aporeto he was leading cloud products at Viptela - a cloud delivered SD WAN solution acquired by Cisco. ---- BayLISA meetings are scheduled for 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month. BayLISA includes system and network administrators across a range of skill levels. BayLISA meets to discuss topics of interest to system administrators and managers. The meetings are free and open to the public. We always welcome presentation topics and volunteer speakers. Use the "Contact us" link on this page to get in touch with BayLISA's directors.

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  • Oct Dbl Header: PingCAPs "Intro to TiDB" & iXsystems "TrueOS as a build platform
    For October, we have a two for one treat, no tricks involved! First up will be Kevin Xu from PingCAP presenting, "Introducing TiDB: an open-source MySQL compatible Distributed Database that Handles Hybrid Data Workloads" His talk will introduce TiDB's architecture, technology, key use cases, a deep-dive user story with Mobike, one of the largest bikesharing platforms in the world, and a live demo of how to deploy TiDB in a cloud-native environment. Next up to bat will be iXsystem's Kris Moorse to talk about, "Using TrueOS as a platform to build your own FreeBSD based project". Over the course of 10 years working on various FreeBSD related projects, including PC-BSD, TrueOS, FreeNAS, TrueNAS I've discovered that they all end to have one thing in common. Each of them ends up implementing their own vastly different build-system. And this isn't unique to just iX projects, we've seen the same from most other FreeBSD vendors, large and small. At the end of the day, everybody ends up wrapping the traditional 'buildworld' steps into some other framework which takes that output, builds some subset of the ports tree and then emits ISO and upgrade files. Enter package base. This got me thinking, is there some way the FreeBSD build system could be enhanced so that it was powerful enough, and also abstract enough to possibly allow vendors to avoid the hassle of having to all be re-inventing the wheel. This talk will cover some of the changes we've made in TrueOS which takes package base to the next level, and integrates a better user-defined JSON framework for defining build jobs of both base and ports software. ---- Bios: From PingCAP: Kevin Xu is the General Manager of U.S. at PingCAP, the team behind TiDB. He studied CS and Law at Stanford and used to work in the White House in a previous life. He codes in Python, Javascript, and (more recently) Rust. From iXsystems: Kris Moore is the original founder of the PC-BSD project, now TrueOS, former co-host of BSDNow, and now VP of Engineering at iXsystems. He lives in the Knoxville Tennessee area, where he oversees FreeNAS, TrueNAS and other upcoming iX projects. When he's not working, he enjoys hanging out at home with his wife and 5 kids. ---- BayLISA meetings are scheduled for 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month. BayLISA includes system and network administrators across a range of skill levels. BayLISA meets to discuss topics of interest to system administrators and managers. The meetings are free and open to the public. We always welcome presentation topics and volunteer speakers. Use the "Contact us" link on this page to get in touch with BayLISA's directors.

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  • Overview of DMTF Redfish and SNIA Swordfish
    The DMTF Redfish and SNIA Swordfish specifications work together to provide a unified approach for the management of servers and storage in hyperscale and cloud infrastructure environments, making it easier for IT administrators to integrate scalable solutions into their data centers. SNIA Swordfish is an extension of the DMTF Redfish specification, so the same easy-to-use RESTful interface is used, along with JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) and Open Data Protocol (OData), to seamlessly manage storage equipment and storage services in addition to servers. ------- Bios: * John Leung An active member of the DMTF since 2004, and currently the DMTF Vice-Chair of the Board and Vice President of Alliances. He works for Intel Corporation as a Principal Engineer in the Data Center Group, and is formerly of Sun Microsystems and Auspex Systems. John has over 35 years in the computer industry: architecting, designing and coding. * Philip Kufeldt, Technical Counsel Member of SNIA, is currently working with academia and industry to develop new smart autonomous storage standards, called Eusocial Storage. He spent the last 18 months as Director of Storage Standards at Huawei Technologies where he focused on scalable storage management, NVMe, and new key value and smart media based storage standards. He has over 25 years of experience in storage, software and systems. ------- Our meetings are scheduled for 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month. BayLISA includes system and network administrators across a range of skill levels. BayLISA meets to discuss topics of interest to system administrators and managers. The meetings are free and open to the public. We always welcome presentation topics and volunteer speakers. Use the "Contact us" link on this page to get in touch with BayLISA's directors.

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  • Linkedin’s Software Defined Firewall: DFW2
    To scale horizontally Linkedin is leveraging in-house built Software Defined Firewall, DFW2. DFW2 is a rewrite of the original Distributed Firewall that was originally implemented 2 years ago. Combining lessons learned from previous iteration of DFW with python and host based firewalls, DFW2 builds on increased security protections, scalability and monitoring. This presentation is a follow up from ‘Linkedin’s Distributed Firewall’ presentation made at Lisa 17: https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa17/conference-program/presentation/svoboda Included in this presentation will be lessons learned, decisions for a rewrite, our progress and implementation of a critical piece in an running environment. ---- Speaker Bios: * Vladimir (Walter) Marchuk: Walter is a software engineer at Linkedin’s Production Infrastructure Engineering. Originally a Perl and PHP enthusiast, he transitioned to Python at Linkedin. Walter’s passion is automation through code, brainstorming complex solutions and their implementation. * Andreas Zaugg: Andy is a System Engineer, who's been working in the system automation space for as long as he can remember. Passionate about all things open source and enjoys automating everything. ---- BayLISA includes system and network administrators across a range of skill levels. BayLISA meets to discuss topics of interest to system administrators and managers. The meetings are free and open to the public. We always welcome presentation topics and volunteer speakers. Use the "Contact us" link on this page to get in touch with BayLISA's directors.

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  • DevOps & DataOps - Automate Microservices and Data Services Anywhere
    Most modern applications consist of two types of workloads: microservices for the business logic, today usually deployed in containers, and multiple third party data services to transport, analyze, and store data. The major cloud providers offer proprietary managed services for these components, but for deployments that need to run on a mix of cloud, datacenter and edge locations they aren’t an option. Some of the most popular open source tools for these components are Kubernetes, Apache Kafka, Spark and Cassandra, but managing them yourself requires deep knowledge of each technology. In this talk, Tobi Knaup will demo how System Administrators can use Mesosphere DC/OS to deliver these open source technologies “as-a-Service” on any cloud, datacenter or edge location with a high level of automation, while maintaining architectural control. ----- Bio: Tobi Knaup was one of the first engineers and tech lead at Airbnb where he wrote large parts of the infrastructure, scaled the site to millions of users, and built a world class engineering team. He is currently CTO and co-founder of Mesosphere. ----- Our meetings are scheduled for 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month. BayLISA includes system and network administrators across a range of skill levels. BayLISA meets to discuss topics of interest to system administrators and managers. The meetings are free and open to the public. We always welcome presentation topics and volunteer speakers. Use the "Contact us" link on this page to get in touch with BayLISA's directors.

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  • Double Feature: Talks on Plan9 & Evolute
    For June, we will have a double header: Ori Bernstein talking about Plan9 and Kristopher Francisco from Evolute. ----- Ori Bernstein will be presenting "Not Dead, Just Resting: Plan 9 in 2018". what has happened since Bell Labs, the current status of Plan9, and an overview of the various distributions (9legagcy, Harvey, 9front), in particular focusing more on 9front and some of the new and neat additions made from there. There will be an overview of how Plan9 is put together, showing how some things that are clunky, or impossible, under unix, can be done with Plan9's simple, uniform interfaces, and taking a deeper look into how some interesting software is put together on Plan9. Depending on conditions, there will be a live demo. ----- Kristopher Francisco will be presenting on "Scaling Infrastructure with Layer 7". With the advancement of the enterprise cloud, from public cloud to the introduction of Internet Scale Containerization, enabling the next generation of large scale functions is critical to both infrastructure and application environments. These two lines, traditionally separated by technology constructs and organizational bounds is being further transcended as we move into the next generation of application and scalable architecture -- containers. His talk will explore the advancements of moving core infrastructure layer functions to their Layer 7 counterparts. With the innovation of infrastructure as code, this presentation will walk through not only the infrastructure dependencies in new cloud technologies (e.g. containers), but speak to how the enterprise can achieve the notion of automation, idempotence and ephemerality of workloads leveraging existing applications -- including their core functions responding to infrastructure and application changes. ---- Bios: Kristopher Francisco is revolutionizing cloud infrastructure as the Founder and technology lead at Evolute. He created new cloud architectures with the world’s most admired technology company (Apple) and the world’s largest technology challenge (Chevron). His contributions to open source (e.g., docker-stats) and other core projects power Evolute and are used throughout the industry. ----- BayLISA includes system and network administrators across a range of skill levels. BayLISA meets to discuss topics of interest to system administrators and managers. The meetings are free and open to the public. We always welcome presentation topics and volunteer speakers. Use the "Contact us" link on this page to get in touch with BayLISA's directors.

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  • Double Feature: End-to-end security for microservices & Quit wasting $ in Cloud
    Double Feature - Aporeto & Kumulus Kumulus: Quit wasting your money on cloud Abstract: The cloud has been an incredibly powerful tool, enhancing developers effectiveness, and in many cases accelerating time to market for those services and capabilities most sought after by the enterprise. And yet, the cloud also amplifies inefficiencies in the development process that waste resources, even when they appear infinite. We'll look at where these inefficiencies stem from, and some tools and models to combat them, whether in the public cloud or in a private setting. Bio: With over 20 years of experience as a systems reliability engineer, and a focus on automating not only application deployments but the underlying infrastructure as well, Robert brings a wealth of knowledge to the full application enablement stack. He has applied this knowledge in fields from high-performance computing to high-frequency trading environments, and everything in between. Robert also holds patents in network, data center, and application performance and scale enhancements. He is a founding partner at Kumulus Technologies, a DevOps, Systems Reliability Engineering and cloud computing consultancy. Additionally, Robert is an incurable photography nerd and has been known to stay up until dawn in remote locations to capture celestial time-lapses. Aporeto: End-to-end security for microservices Applications are at the core of business transformation. The speed of innovation is driving ever increasing need for new development methodologies, application architecture and cloud native infrastructure. In this talk, Aporeto will discuss best practices around securing your microservices. Bio: Ariful Huq - Director of Product Management, Aporeto Ariful has 13 years of experience in developing, launching and operationalizing enterprise security solutions and SaaS services for growth and startup companies. At Aporeto Ariful leads product management. Before joining Aporeto he was leading cloud products at Viptela - a cloud delivered SD WAN solution acquired by Cisco. ----- BayLISA meetings are scheduled for 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month. BayLISA includes system and network administrators across a range of skill levels. BayLISA meets to discuss topics of interest to system administrators and managers. The meetings are free and open to the public. We always welcome presentation topics and volunteer speakers. Use the "Contact us" link on this page to get in touch with BayLISA's directors.

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  • Composable Infrastructure - What it Means for the Data Center
    Composable Infrastructure is an emerging class of products for data center efficiency. This month's speaker will cover the evolution of Composable Infrastructure, a survey of the various vendors, and an introduction to the specific details and application focus of DriveScale. ---- Speaker Bio: Tom Lyon is a computing systems architect, a serial entrepreneur and a kernel hacker. Prior to founding DriveScale, Tom was founder and Chief Scientist of Nuova Systems, a start-up that led a new architectural approach to systems and networking. Nuova was acquired in 2008 by Cisco, whose highly successful UCS servers and Nexus switches are based on Nuova’s technology. He was also founder and CTO of two other technology companies. Netillion, Inc. was an early promoter of memory-over-network technology. At Ipsilon Networks, Tom invented IP Switching. Ipsilon was acquired by Nokia and provided the IP routing technology for many mobile network backbones. As employee #8 at Sun Microsystems, Tom was there from the beginning, where he contributed to the UNIX kernel, created the SunLink product family, and was one of the NFS and SPARC architects. He started his Silicon Valley career at Amdahl Corp., where he was a software architect responsible for creating Amdahl’s UNIX for mainframes technology. Tom holds numerous U.S. patents in system interconnects, memory systems, and storage. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University. ---- BayLISA includes system and network administrators across a range of skill levels. BayLISA meets to discuss topics of interest to system administrators and managers. The meetings are free and open to the public. Our meetings are scheduled for 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month. We always welcome presentation topics and volunteer speakers. Use the "Contact us" link on this page to get in touch with BayLISA's directors.

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  • Learning from the Fire Department: Experiences with Incident Command for IT
    Leading companies such as Google, Heroku, and PagerDuty have developed successful incident management practices based on the public safety world's Incident Command System (ICS) Brent Chapman will be presenting a talk that offers key lessons learned by those organizations, along with a few war stories. The key lessons that will be discussed include: * Incident response is a critical SRE capability * We need to explicitly distinguish between "normal" and "emergency" operations * ICS principles apply well to our incidents * Simple modifications to public safety ICS practices make it better for our needs * Certain communications tools are more effective for incident response * Checklists are very powerful and under-appreciated tools * Blameless postmortems are a key to improving incident response * Senior managers can inadvertently disrupt incident response just by showing up Speaker Bio: Brent Chapman is an expert at emergency management and at helping organizations prepare for and learn from emergencies, working from a strong background in IT infrastructure and site reliability engineering (SRE). While Brent was part of the legendary SRE organization at Google, he created and launched the Incident Management at Google (IMAG) system that is now used throughout the company for emergency management. Brent is also a former air search and rescue pilot and incident commander, an emergency dispatcher and dispatch supervisor for major art & music festivals and events, and a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member and instructor. ------- Our meetings are scheduled for 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month. BayLISA includes system and network administrators across a range of skill levels. BayLISA meets to discuss topics of interest to system administrators and managers. The meetings are free and open to the public. We always welcome presentation topics and volunteer speakers. Use the "Contact us" link on this page to get in touch with BayLISA's directors.

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  • Building a Big Data Stack on Kubernetes
    Event Description There is growing interest in running Apache Spark natively on Kubernetes (see https://github.com/apache-spark-on-k8s/spark). This meeup will discuss how to build a big data stack on Kubernetes. Specifically, you will learn how Spark scheduler can still provide HDFS data locality on Kubernetes by discovering the mapping of Kubernetes containers to physical nodes to HDFS datanode daemons. You’ll also learn how you can provide Spark with the high availability of the critical HDFS namenode service when running HDFS in Kubernetes. Presenter Pepperdata Founder and CTO, Sean Suchter Speaker Bio Sean is the co-founder and CTO of Pepperdata. Previously, Sean was the founding GM of Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Search Technology Center, where he led the integration of Facebook and Twitter content into Bing search. Prior to Microsoft, Sean managed the Yahoo Search Technology team, the first production user of Hadoop. Sean joined Yahoo through the acquisition of Inktomi, and holds a B.S. in Engineering and Applied Science from Caltech. Agenda • 7:00pm: Doors open, networking, snacking • 7:30pm: Start presentation • 8:15pm: Conclusion + Q and A Pepperdata: DevOps for Big Data Pepperdata products enable developers to rapidly debug, optimize, and understand production Big Data applications while also enabling operators to diagnose and automatically solve performance problems in production multi-tenant clusters. Pepperdata products bring critical performance feedback to every phase of the DevOps cycle for Big Data. A growing list of Fortune 200 companies are Pepperdata customers. They trust Pepperdata to ensure that Big Data applications consistently and predictably deliver business critical solutions. Pepperdata products are certified on all Big Data distributions, with support for both MapReduce and Spark. Pepperdata supports clusters running on-premise and in the cloud. Learn more at www.pepperdata.com. About Baylisa BayLISA stands for: Bay Area Large Installation System Administrators. BayLISA is the premiere system administration user group in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in the very early 90s after the fourth Large Installation System Administration (LISA) conference, BayLISA has supported and educated systems, network, storage, virtualization, and other technology professionals in the Bay Area for over 20 years. We use Meetup to coordinate meeting attendance, announcements, and reminders. We have our official organizational presence on the web, including links to membership, sponsorship, and mailing lists, at www.baylisa.org (http://www.baylisa.org/).

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