OSMC 2020 | GET ON STAGE!

Hey folks, listen up!

OSMC’s call for papers is about to close. So prepare yourselves for the big monitoring stage and submit your paper.
We are looking for the latest trends, how-tos, case studies, best practices, future developments and anything that can help practitioners in their daily work. You can read more about CfP 2020 here.

The conference is aimed at professionals from the open source monitoring scene. The Open Source Monitoring Conference OSMC is about networking and meeting the international community. The lecture program provides up-to-date expert knowledge, and the workshops offer deep insights into various specialist areas. At the Hackathon, you build together with like-minded people on the project you always wanted to tackle.

So be there when the international open source scene meets in November at the monitoring hotspot Nuremberg! The conference will take place for the 15th time from November 16 to 19. You can find the ticket details here.

What are you waiting for? See you!

Pamela Drescher
Pamela Drescher
Head of Marketing

Pamela hat im Dezember 2015 das Marketing bei NETWAYS übernommen. Sie ist für die Corporate Identity unserer Veranstaltungen sowie von NETWAYS insgesamt verantwortlich. Die enge Zusammenarbeit mit Events ergibt sich aus dem Umstand heraus, dass sie vor ein paar Jahren mit Markus zusammen die Eventsabteilung geleitet hat und diese äußerst vorzügliche Zusammenarbeit nun auch die Bereiche Events und Marketing noch enger verknüpft. Privat ist sie Anführerin einer vier Mitglieder starken Katzenhorde, was ihr den absolut...

stackconf 2020: Archives now online

We would like to thank all participants and speakers for three great conference days! This year’s online edition of stackconf was a great, extraordinary and absolutely exciting experience for us. We hope that you enjoyed the event as much as we did.

The conference archives are now online. Browse through all slides, video recordings and photos. Go back in time if you’ve been there and refreshen your memory. Or get yourself a picture of the topics and highlights if you couldn’t be there.

We look forward to seeing you in person next year! Don’t forget to mark your calendar: stackconf | June 14 and 15, 2021 | Berlin

Pamela Drescher
Pamela Drescher
Head of Marketing

Pamela hat im Dezember 2015 das Marketing bei NETWAYS übernommen. Sie ist für die Corporate Identity unserer Veranstaltungen sowie von NETWAYS insgesamt verantwortlich. Die enge Zusammenarbeit mit Events ergibt sich aus dem Umstand heraus, dass sie vor ein paar Jahren mit Markus zusammen die Eventsabteilung geleitet hat und diese äußerst vorzügliche Zusammenarbeit nun auch die Bereiche Events und Marketing noch enger verknüpft. Privat ist sie Anführerin einer vier Mitglieder starken Katzenhorde, was ihr den absolut...

stackconf online recap: from deep dive to offbeat and back

stackconf: in-person or online? In the beginning of the year, this was the most talked about question in the NETWAYS Events Team. In March it became quite clear. We have not really had a choice in this one: If we wanted stackconf 2020 to happen, we had to hold it online. Soon we realized though that what was born from necessity also carried a big chance. The chance to try something new, to leave the comfort zone.

Really overwhelming and convincing us that we were on the right path, was the support of the many of our speakers. Having handed in their talks when stackconf was still planned as taking place in Berlin, they sticked to their contribution for the online event too. Even though we extended stackconf with one more day.

Which path to take? Take them all!

Three days was the amount we needed to make sure to be able to show all presentations in just one track.

In this way we have freed our participants from extremely difficult decisions: Should I watch this or that talk? What interests me more: The Path to a Serverless-native era with Kubernetes? Or: The Path to OpenSource DBaaS with Kubernetes? No, you could just stay wherever you were and follow the first path first and the second path later. You could watch all talks in one row over the course of our three conference days. And during talks, which were pre-recorded and streamed, you could even get your questions directly answered by the speaker in the live chat.

What happened in between the presentations was surely worth to follow. The breaks were partly as enlightening as the talks, and for long stretches it was very exhilarating too.

From deep dive to offbeat and back

In charge of the break program: Our CEO Bernd Erk and Christian Stein, responsible for our NETWAYS webinars. The two made a wonderful team of moderators that brought us to and through discussions about challenges in our own industry, announced talks, welcomed speakers, and entertained us with wonderfully offbeat topics in best webcast manner. From favourite movies, to sustainability, to technical matters. The attendees had fun participating in the „Hallway Chat“ – being it hardest question or random stuff. Another fun part was the community evening playing Mario Kart.

This or that? That was the question in the small polls in our Twitter channel @NetwaysEvents. And the winners are awesome (88.9%), Kubernetes (90%), Remote Work (100%), YouTube (75%), Building (75%), Meeting in-person (62.5%), Cloud ( 71.4%), VxLAN & VLAN (50/50), Elastic (81.8%), Batman (55%) and DevOps (80%).

Thanks to all who joined our small survey. And of course and above all: Thanks to all of you who joined stackconf online! It was a blast! See you in 2021 for stackconf, this time hopefully in-person again in Berlin. Save the date: June 14 & 15, 2021.

If you are interested in reading about the talks and seeing some pictures, read more here:

stackconf online – Recap of Day 01

stackconf online – Recap of Day 02

stackconf online – Recap of Day 03

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Senior Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 Mitglied der NETWAYS Family. Vor ihrer Zeit in unserem Marketing Team hat sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene gearbeitet. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Privat widmet sie sich dem Klettern und ihrer Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin.

stackconf online – Recap of Day 03

The final day of stackconf online has now come to a close. It has been a wonderful three days full of interesting talks, fun commentary and lots of learning!

Before I dive into the events of day 03, I want to shed some light on the evening event of day 02, which was all about socialising over long distances via the medium of video games:

For the evening event Christian and Bernd streamed Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Switch with an open party, so everyone could join in. We had a bunch of fun races and chats. Different people who were at the location took turns playing. 

Wonderful Morning at Day 03

Starting into day 03 with three cups of coffee, as is customary after the night of the evening event, we got some useful tips about integrating security into DevOps. Jose Ortega talked about integrating security into iteration and pipeline application development with containers and how to secure development environments on top of general best practices.

Ignat Korchagin followed up with his talk “Speeding up Linux disk encryption”. He started off with the basics on encryption, explaining the different kinds and their pros and cons and built up from there explaining more in depth how one should secure ones’ data with LUKS/dm-encrypt.

Next up was Pooja Purswani, with her talk “WebThings: Let’s Make Your Things Smarter“. Contrary to what the title would lead you to believe, she pays special attention to the privacy risks in the web and smart devices. Pooja offers a way out with the current decentralised IoT project from Mozilla which focuses on improving interoperability, privacy and security through standardization.

Containers, Accessibility and Bare Metal Automation

After a short and entertaining break about electric scooters and how docker changed the world, Michel Schildmeijer took over the wheel with his talk “Replace your Docker based Containers with Cri-o Kata Containers for better security”. He gives us insights into the technology of kata containers and how they enable you to have all of the advantages of docker containers, with the added benefits of a more secure environment.

After the lunch break, the ignite talks provided a nice lightweight way back into the conference with their short and informative nature.
The first one “Opensource in Advanced Research Computing, How Canada did it !” by Mohamed Elsakhawy gave us an insight into how Canada’s Advanced Research Computing organizations deal with open source software.
Followed by my talk titled “Flying Blind – Accessibility in our Tools” where I tried to raise some awareness for visually impaired individuals and how they interact with the web.

 

 

The first full length talk after the break was submitted by Rain Leander. The title “Leveraging Procedural Knowledge: From Riding a Bike to Bare Metal Automation” already gives a good idea over what the talk was about: The rate at which people in IT have to deal with new tools and ideas is absolutely insane. The viewers learnt about how to engage with new technologies in an easier manner, by looking at what kind of knowledge you take over from other technologies.

The longer break here was again filled with interesting discourse about a diverse range of topics like horses, twitter voice posts and eco friendliness that were discussed with the audience via chat.

Keycloak and Managed Kubernetes made it round

“Securing Infrastructure with Keycloak” by Rahul Bajaj was all about authentication and authorisation and identity preservation. Rahul explained the different bits and pieces of Single Sign On technologies and the different layers involved. He also demonstrated how he implemented the stack in the Foreman project.

Joerg Schad presented “Challenges in Building Multi-Cloud-Provider Platform with Managed Kubernetes”. A lot of cloud services emerged over time, and building your service cloud-agnostic has grown increasingly difficult. Today, most cloud providers support Kubernetes based platforms. The talk tackled some of the issues you could encounter and how to avoid them.

All in all, I would say that the stackconf online was a really nice conference and managed to capture the spirit of a NETWAYS event rather well, despite there not being a physical location. If you haven’t been able to attend the conference live yourself, you can check out the recordings on YouTube. They should be uploaded soon!

Feu Mourek
Feu Mourek
Developer Advocate

Feu verbrachte seine Kindheit im schönen Steigerwald und kämpfte sich bis zum Abitur durch die Schule. Seit September 2016 unterstützt es die Development Abteilung bei NETWAYS als Developer und UX Designer und Community Mensch. Seine Freizeit verbringt es hauptsächlich in den virtuellen Welten von 'Dota 2' und diversen anderen Games, seine jogging Runden an der Pegnitz zu drehen, oder damit, mit Freunden und Kollegen Brett- und Pen and Paper Rollenspiele zu spielen.

stackconf online – Recap of Day 02

On day 2 of stackconf we were again warmly welcomed and perfectly guided through the day by our webinar guru Christian Stein who was of course joined by CEO Bernd Erk. And no, we are not sponsored by the Muppet Show. 😉 At this point, again a big thank you to all our speakers for their great contributions and to all our participants who filled the chat channels with facts and a lot of life and fun!

Today we also had many talks from great speakers! So let’s see what we were able to learn… 🙂

Day 02 started with Testing in Production

Jorge Marín started day 2 with his talk “Testing in production: Ideas, experiences, limits, roadblocks” giving a broad overview on how testing can be realized even in productive environments. Jorge started off by doing a little poll about testing and I guess that many people recognized themselves in the quesions. And no, even if he works at Dyson, we will not get a discount!

Right after we were able to join Michael Coté looking into Kubernetes: “The blinking cursor or kubernetes for people who aren´t supposed to use it”. After an entertaining introduction to his subject, Michael talked about the most important thing: How to get from the basic idea to the product by using the options that containers and CI/CD offer us. Then we were taken to a basic introduction to Kubernetes which was especially useful for beginners and a good refresher for users.

 

Sayantika Banik introduced us to debugging Django with her talk “Let’s Debug Django like pro” and made her introductory promise true by sharing really useful tips and tricks. But not only did Sayantika show debugging techniques, but she also introduced us to logging and what we would want to log. In the end, while doing a live demo she created an overview of her debug findings.

Kubernetes, Concord, COBOL…

After a well deserved lunch break, Abhijeet Kasurde talked about “Ansiblizing your VMware REST API” and started off with a short introduction to Ansible. He furthermore gave an overview of the VMware REST API and continued with Ansible modules for VMware. Then again, spot at Kubernetes: Pranav Parikh led us through “Scalable testing infrastructure with Kubernetes and Concord”.  He emphasized that with a high number of deployments each day, it is not possible to keep up quality and stability without thorough testing. Therefore he introduced us to their testing engine Concord and their way of CI/CD with their Concord plugin for Kubernetes.

This was followed by two ignite talks that brought some nice variety into day 2’s program: Petar Radosavljevic did 5 minutes on “Infrastructure-level solutions for modern Microservices” and was joined by Daniel Neuberger giving his opinion on “Data&Service Quality First!”.

All COBOL fans were then introduced to “COBOL on Kubernetes” by JJ Ashgar. COBOL has been around since the 50ies and is still being used in mainframe environments, e. g. by government or financial institutions. First step of JJ’s talk was introducing us to the ETL pipeline which is used for integrating COBOL into Kubernetes. Want to have a look yourself? Join JJ on github.com/jjashgar/COBOL-on-k8s!

Real Continuous Deployment

Nicolas Frankel gave his talk about “Real Continuous Deployment of JVM applications” by taking us into an experiment. First he introduced us to Hazelcast and its products and then we had a look at Continuous Integration and its components. He also did a deeper introduction to Hazelcast Jet which is set upon Hazelcast IMDG and is an Apache 2 Open Source JAR that can for example be used as a library improving your batching and streaming.

OpenStack was followed up by changing again to Kubernetes with Peter Zaitsev and his talk “The Path to OpenSource DBaaS with Kubernetes”. After a short recap of the beginnings of Open Source and how to install Open Source software, Peter showed us how to make access and usability of Open Source easier. Currently it is easiest to deploy it in the cloud. Therefore we went on to an example of Database as a Service as promised in the title. Good scalability and high availability are two benefits mentioned.

And last but not least, our well known colleague Florian Wiethoff from Braintower concluded day 2 by talking about “SecDevOps in der Cloud”. He took the chance to emphasize on te shared responsability between customer and cloud provider. Furthermore he introduced us to the special requirements of banks that include for example redundancy and access control. His recommendation for MULTICLOUD (Sec)DevOps is using Terraform as a basis.

I hope you are as much looking forward to tomorrow as me! See you all tomorrow!

Nicole Frosch
Nicole Frosch
Sales Engineer

Ihr Interesse für die IT kam bei Nicole in ihrer Zeit als Übersetzerin mit dem Fachgebiet Technik. Seit 2010 sammelt sie bereits Erfahrungen im Support und der Administration von Storagesystemen beim ZDF in Mainz. Ab September 2016 startete Sie Ihre Ausbildung zur Fachinformatikerin für Systemintegration bei NETWAYS, wo sie vor allem das Arbeiten mit Linux und freier Software reizt. In ihrer Freizeit überschüttet Sie Ihren Hund mit Liebe, kocht viel Gesundes, werkelt im Garten, liest...

stackconf online – Recap of Day 01

It finally happened – after months of preparation, today was the first day of the very first stackconf online!

Getting Started

For the most attendees, online conferences are a new experience too. The Events team of NETWAYS did a great job in picking up every attendee and providing all the required information just in time. Besides the link to the conference stream, attendees received login data to attend multiple live chats. Starting Day 1 at stackconf felt almost like entering a conference venue. People were gathering in the chat rooms already, socializing and networking. Christian and Bernd, the moderators of this event, provided a warm welcome to everyone and introduced us to the day – not leaving any questions open.

Then the time came for the first talk of the day. David Pilato from Elastic started his session about visualizing threats. During that, David gave insights how the Elastic Stack is used to collect metrics that are relevant to security issues in your environment. The whole talk was a great summary of the capabilities Elastic provides in the SIEM field. One part that stuck out was Auditbeat. Even though it exists for more than two years now, it seems like the tool does not get the attention it deserves. Chatting with the speaker during his talk (which was pre-recorded) is definitely a huge benefit of online conferences. Attendees got their questions answered immediately by the speaker and discussed with other attendees at the same time.

The first talk was a really nice warm-up for the day, followed by a short break. With a fresh and warm coffee in my hands I followed the moderators discussion about monitoring in general and how enterprises are transitioning from restricting access to certain data to departments to being more open and collaborative within the whole company.

stackconf continued with the next talks by Paolo Mainardi about the path to a Serverless era with Kubernetes and another talk by Jan-Henrik Peter about CI/CD Integration Testing.

After Lunch

After the lunch break stackconf continued with Ignite talks. Personally, Ignites are my favourite part of every conference. An Ignite talk differs from a regular talk mainly in the duration. These kind of talks take only five minutes. The clue is that the slides rotate automatically – 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide. The speaker is required to have a really good timing. The advantage for the audience is that there’s no time wasted, speakers have to come to the point very fast! The format is really entertaining and fun to watch. The Ignite talks of today included topics about why monitoring is a critical mess, how operators can work together with developers on infrastructure requirements and how you can build your own S3 storage.

Monika Khanna continued with her talk about keeping your customers happy and satisfied. I was glad Monika’s session made it into the program, even though stackconf is a lot about very technical topics. Keeping customers satisfied is a challenge many of us face on a daily basis. Monika shared great insights and tips on how we all can get better here.

During many sessions of the day it became very clear that Kubernetes is still on the rise. This years stackconf speakers shared different stories and insights about different Kubernetes topics. Paul Stack shared some details about Pulumi, a fairly new product which aims to help operators handle infrastructure as software. Other tools like Puppet, Chef and Ansible share the same goal. The special feature about Pulumi is that it allows you to actually write code in different programming languages like Python, DotNet or Go. Writing actual code may seem much more complicated, but the folks of Pulumi manage to provide many useful libraries for different languages. Pulumi becomes extremely useful when you have to meet very special requirements, such as calling multiple APIs and combining different platforms. For me, Pulumi is like a mix of Terraform and Puppet – but with the advantage of the flexibility of a real programming language.

Day 01 – Conclusion

I admit that I was sceptical about loosing the socializing and networking part which a regular conference has. stackconf online demonstrated today that you still can hang out with your peers and have different discussions without meeting them in person. The talks presented today were mixed nicely so there was no risk of boredom at any point. My personal highlight were the two moderators, Christian and Bernd. They managed to guide us through the day with a lot of fun and side stories. Looking forward to tomorrow!

Blerim Sheqa
Blerim Sheqa
Product Manager

Blerim ist seit 2013 bei NETWAYS und seitdem schon viel in der Firma rum gekommen. Neben dem Support und diversen internen Projekten hat er auch im Team Infrastruktur tatkräftig mitgewirkt. Hin und wieder lässt er sich auch den ein oder anderen Consulting Termin nicht entgehen. Inzwischen ist Blerim als Product Manager für Icinga tätig und kümmert sich dort auch um die Partner.