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Learn about building system and configuration management tools from Tom Hatch

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For July's presentation night at SF Python, let's hear from someone with ten years of using and building system and configuration management tools.


DevOps is essentially the business of efficiently and effectively building Internet and clouds and keeping it all running. Tom Hatch, SaltStack founder and CTO, spent years as a cloud builder and in the process used most of the open source tools available today. But those tools weren't fast or scalable enough, and he thought they should be much easier to use. So Tom created Salt from his basement with the idea to create a new breed of tools for data center automation, beyond just configuration management. These new tools are built for the speed and scale of any cloud and to help automate management of the entire data center stack.

In this presentation, Tom will compare alternatives to help select a tool best suited for the job. He will also show how to use Salt to quickly deploy infrastructure and applications at web scale using Python-based technology. And Tom will provide a sneak peak at the new, unique SaltStack multi-master and prereq capabilities inspired by organizations like LinkedIn.

Speaker Bio:

Tom is the creator and principal architect of SaltStack. His years of experience as principle cloud architect for Beyond Oblivion, software engineer for Applied Signal Technology, and systems admin for provided real-world insights into requirements of the modern data center not met by existing tools. Tom’s knowledge and hands-on experience with dozens of new and old infrastructure management technologies helped to established the vision for Salt. Today, Tom is one of the most active contributors in the open-source community, and is widely regarded as rising star. For his work on Salt, in 2012 Tom received the Black Duck “Rookie of the Year” award and was named to the GitHub Octoverse Top 10 list for the project with the highest number of unique contributors sharing the list with other notable projects like Ruby and OpenStack.


6:15p - Check-in and mingle, with Pizza and Beer provided by our generous sponsor Yelp!

7:00p - Welcome and announcements

7:10p - 3-4 Lightning Talks (5 minutes each)

7:30p - Featured Talk

8:15p - Q & A and more mingling, ping pong, pool

9:30p - Doors close. Late owls continue on to Thirsty Bear

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