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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.

Countdown challenge | Prepare for stackconf in 7 steps

Only one more week until stackconf online starts! We have prepared a 7 steps day-by-day guide to help you get perfectly ready for the event. Here are our challenges for you:

07: Buy Ticket

It’s 7 days till stackconf online. Welcome to day one of our preparation challenge! The first thing you wanna do, to make sure not to miss anything, is register for the event! After your registration you will receive your conference pass and all important information about how the event works from our Events Team.

06: Study Schedule

Now that you have your ticket, you might want to dive a little deeper into the program. Take a look at the schedule, figure out which talks and topics meet your interests best, and which speaker you definetely have to have on your personal agenda. Define your personal stackconf highlights!

05: Prepare Questions

You’ve defined your highlights now. What is it that interests you most about these topics? Is it just a general curiosity about something new to you? Or have you been struggling with specific issues? Write your thoughts and questions down! You will get a chance to chat with the experts. Be prepared! Make notes on what you’ve always wanted to know, but never dared to ask!

04: Invite Colleagues

Where do your questions come from? Is it all issues that you alone have to deal with? Or do they affect the work of your whole team? Is it even something that you’ve been discussing with certain colleagues over and over again? You should definitely invite your fellows to join stackconf too! Send them an invitation!

03: Set Your Stage

stackconf is online. Means you will sit at home or at your desk at work. Prepare your own stage. Get nice light, banish what might distract you. You want to have it comfi: Get your favourite chair, delicious snacks… You might wanna do a video chat: Position a nice plant in the background, or impress other attendees with the newest edition of current IT literature. Set your own stage!

02: Share with Friends

Now you have access, you have an overview, you’ve your questions and your friends, you are mentally and physically prepared. Let your followers know on your social media channels: “I attend #stackconf online! This week, June 16 – 18, 2020. Who else is there? Hope to see you!”

01: Meditate

And now, you are perfectly good to go! Time to sit back, relax and clear your mind. There is nothing more to do today. See you soon!

Get posted on the latest expert knowledge on open source infrastructure solutions! We look forward to seeing you online at stackconf, June 16 – 18, 2020.
More information, tickets and FAQ at stackconf.eu.

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Senior Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 bei NETWAYS. Mit ihren Spezialgebieten Texte/Konzepte, Branding und PR ist sie für Tone of Voice und Wording von NETWAYS und Icinga verantwortlich. Davor war sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene spannenden Geschichten auf der Spur. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Ihre innere Mitte findet sie beim Klettern und Yoga.

Your Benefits. Or: How you make the most out of stackconf 2020

The core of stackconf is of course the line-up of speakers and the talks & topics in the schedule. I have given you some hints on main topics & highlights on our agenda in my last blogpost. But equally important for a conference is the surrounding festivities and chances to network and interact. We’ve got it all! Here is what’s in for you at stackconf:

Stream and Learn

You are the binge watching kind of person? Voilà! One stream, three days. All stackconf talks have been recorded in advance and will be presented in a single track over the course of three days from June 16 – 18, 2020. And you don’t even have to have a guilty conscience. It’s all education!

  • Learn how to deploy and automate your infrastructure
  • Learn about cutting-edge solutions in the spectrum of container, hybrid and cloud technologies
  • Learn about bridging the gap between development, testing and operations
  • Gain a deeper understanding of open source infrastructure solutions

Chat and Network

In various chat channels you have the opportunity to join discussions or meet someone in private. Exchange with like-minded people! Stay connected!

  • Chat with the experts. They answer your questions live during their talk.
  • Get ready to mingle. Join the conversation in the hallway channel.
  • Spice up open & moderated discussions with your thoughts. The topic-related channels thrive with your comments.
  • Meet friends and fellow infrastructure experts in private chats. Video calls are possible.

Play and Have Fun

A community evening will take place at the second conference day – Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

  • Meet the community and network with new and old friends.
  • Continue conversations from before.
  • Play one of our community games and set the highscore.
  • Enjoy for the sake of enjoying.

I hope, I could convince you to take part! 😉 If you have any questions don’t hestitate to contact our Events Team: events@netways.de
We are happy to see you online at stackconf, June 16 – 18, 2020.

More information: stackconf.eu
Schedule: stackconf.eu/schedule
Tickets: stackconf.eu/tickets

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Senior Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 bei NETWAYS. Mit ihren Spezialgebieten Texte/Konzepte, Branding und PR ist sie für Tone of Voice und Wording von NETWAYS und Icinga verantwortlich. Davor war sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene spannenden Geschichten auf der Spur. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Ihre innere Mitte findet sie beim Klettern und Yoga.

stackconf online: stream, chat, network

stackconf is coming! We have crafted an inspiring agenda for you! Here are some highlights that you surely don’t wanna miss.

Hybrid cloud environments

Hybrid cloud environments were never easy and mostly just an idea. With Kubernetes though it is easy to deploy your infrastructure on premise and to a cloud provider.

This is where you learn more about hybrid cloud environments:

Containers

Increased portability makes containers so powerful. A big plus is that it can prevent a vendor lock-in. Applications running in containers can be deployed easily to multiple different operating systems and hardware platforms.

Learn more about containers in these talks:

Agile methods & continuous integration

Good IT is not possible with just the right tool. It is important that you have your communication and processes in shape. DevOps, agile, you name it always comes down to communication and transparency. Tear down silos to make your IT infrastructure and business as fast and efficient as possible.

Get to know agile methods and continuous integration practices in these talks:

And we have even more for you: Find the full schedule at stackconf.eu/schedule.

This is how it works: stream, chat, network

All the recorded talks will be presented in a single track over the course of three days from June 16 – 18, 2020. You can easily attend and watch!

Just watching, or what? Of course not! stackconf is a highly interactive online event – if you want it to be! Chat with the experts. Spice up open discussions with your thoughts in the hallway channel and in various topic-related channels. Meet friends and fellow infrastructure experts in private chats. Plus, there might be one or another challenge or gaming opportunity.

Short: There is plenty of opportunity to learn and have fun!

Fruitful discussions and hardest questions

While you watch a talk in the stream the speaker will be present in a parallel live chat to answer your questions. Feel free to comment the presentation, add your thoughts to it and ask your hardest questions! We are looking forward to a fruitful and inspiring exchange of ideas.

During lunch break a moderated discussion will take place. Join in and contribute to it. There will be additional room for networking and informal get-together during the community evening at the second conference day – Wednesday, June 17, 2020. We’ll continue the topic-related discussions, and open the gaming arena, where you can compare your gaming skills.

Stay up to date

Get posted on the latest expert knowledge on open source infrastructure solutions! We look forward to seeing you online at stackconf.

stackconf online takes place June 16 – 18, 2020. More: stackconf.eu

Julia Hornung
Julia Hornung
Senior Marketing Manager

Julia ist seit Juni 2018 bei NETWAYS. Mit ihren Spezialgebieten Texte/Konzepte, Branding und PR ist sie für Tone of Voice und Wording von NETWAYS und Icinga verantwortlich. Davor war sie als Journalistin und in der freien Theaterszene spannenden Geschichten auf der Spur. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt gutem Storytelling, klarer Sprache und ausgefeilten Texten. Ihre innere Mitte findet sie beim Klettern und Yoga.

Veranstaltungen

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Icinga 2 Fundamentals Training | Online

March 2 @ 09:00 - March 5 @ 17:00
Tue 09

Ansible Fundamentals Training | Online

March 9 @ 09:00 - March 11 @ 17:00
Fri 12

Ansible AWX (Tower) Training | Online

March 12 @ 09:00 - 17:00
Tue 23

GitLab Advanced Training | Online

March 23 @ 08:00 - March 25 @ 17:00
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Ansible Advanced Training | Online

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