DevOps Exchange August

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For all of you who've had your holidays or didn't manage to make it away this summer (like me!) we've organized another great DevOps Exchange with some amazing speakers, and free beer/pizza afterwards to meet and discuss.

For those of you lucky enough to still be on holiday, the meetup will be recorded and online afterwards as usual!

Talk 1: Service Discovery for DevOps (Vik Bhatti - Beamly)

What is service discovery? In the modern world of containers and highly distributed systems, service discovery is mentioned time and time again, but details on how and why it should be implemented are pretty thin. In this talk I will walk through the trials and tribulations of how Beamly has approached the problem, and how the solutions have changed over the past 3 years as the architecture as grown.

Bio: Vik is Senior Platform Engineer at Beamly, and has over 10 years experience working in backend software and infrastructure engineering within high profile startups. Focused on 'automating all the things’, at Beamly Vik has helped build its industry-leading platform to enable rapid scalability and availability, without compromising on developer productivity. In his own time he pursues his own startup side projects. He can be found on twitter as @otaku_coder and at

Talk 2: A look at GKE and Kubernetes (Rich Harvey - Ngineered)

A practical look at Google's new container platform GKE and its integration with Kubernetes. Covering the basics of how to get started with a live demo launching Nginx containers and connecting them to load balancers, using kubectl.

Talk 3: Working at DevOps Ground Zero (Chris Jackson - Pearson)

In the beginning there was nothing... No, really, nothing. This talk is a snapshot of the first six months of working in a 150-year old Enterprise and my drive to establish new working practices, seed the through processes, organisational structure and beliefs that support DevOps and get senior leadership to buy into an approach that gives you the opportunity to prove you are right and break traditional decision making cycles. This talk will be an honest, sometimes humorous, sometimes terrifying account of what it is like to build DevOps from zero which highlights good suggestions and patterns for people in similar situations but also the huge achievement associated with progress on this kind of work.

Bio: After spending 8.5 years at Rackspace serving as an Account Manager, Architect and CTO, he helped build the next-generation service model targeted at automation and clients building DevOps known as the Rackspace DevOps & Automation portfolio. After this amount of time telling customers how easy this cloud malarkey was, , Chris decided to test his own advice by striking out into the Enterprise space with Pearson, the home of Digital Learning. Since February 2016, Chris is the Director of Platform Delivery and Operations which is a fancy way of saying he looks after a global team of engineers responsible for all the stuff between Operating System and Application for an estate of 30,000+ instances. Chris has over 15 years of experience in IT and performed his first break-fix aged 13 when he accidentally snapped an important cable when he took the cover of his dad's first home PC.


6:30pm: Arrive
7-8pm: Three 15 minute talks
8-9pm: Beers and Pizza
9pm onwards: Local pub