Mike Place

SaltStack,  USA

Mike Place works a director of Engineering at SaltStack- one of the world’s leading open-source automation platforms. He is professional open-source developer, focusing on event-driven architecture and configuration management, who is also a frequent keynoter and spoker at various conferences.

Topic: Systems Automation: Past, Present and Future

From the earliest days of computing, we’ve used automation to manage systems. The idea that we can use automation tooling to manage fleets of machines has evolved and grown as our infrastructures have changed and complexity has exploded. This talk, from the engineering director at SaltStack – a leading open-source effort to push the limits of systems automation – will talk about what automation has brought to our systems and to work and where’s it’s fallen short. We’ll look at the modern landscape of tooling to see what we’re doing well and where we might be coming up short. We’ll ask questions that should make us all think about the proper role of automation the systems that we manage and how we can best use automation in a DevOps world – and beyond.

Level: Level 2 – Intermediate material. Assumes knowledge and provides specific details about the topic.