Cloud Native and Serverless

February 25, 2021 | Virtual



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About Cloud Native and Serverless

Cloud Native and Serverless is an approach to building and running applications that exploits the advantages of the cloud computing delivery model. We will explore how Cloud Native and Serverless development is about how applications are created and deployed, not where. Join hundreds of other humans of DevOps to hear industry expert sessions, network in the lounge, and more! Meet the speakers, participate in prize drawers, and visit our interactive booths in the expo hall.

Cloud Native and Serverless Agenda

Please note this agenda is subject to change


Meet Our Speakers

Tracy Ragan
Tracy Ragan

DevOps Institute Ambassador

CEO | DeployHub

Bryan Feuling
Bryan Feuling

Solutions Architect | Harness

Marc Halcrow
Marc Halcrow

Global Development Manager | DevOps Institute

William Chia
William Chia

Senior Product Marketing Manager | GitLab

Shelby Spees
Shelby Spees

Developer Advocate |

Leonardo Murillo
Leonardo Murillo

DevOps Institute Ambassador

CTO | Qwinix Technologies

Rachel White
Rachel White

Technical Evangelist | Datadog

Pawel Piwosz
Pawel Piwosz

DevOps Institute Ambassador

Lead Systems Engineer | EPAM

Chinmay Gaikwad
Chinmay Gaikwad

Technical Evangelist | Epsagon

Ernesto Garbarino
Ernesto Garbarino

Cloud Evangelist and Account CTO | Mphasis

Robert Hostlowsky
Robert Hostlowsky

IT Senior WebDevOp Engineer | Instana

Marco Coulter
Marco Coulter

DevOps Institute Ambassador

Technical Evangelist |

Ravi Lachhman
Ravi Lachhman

Evangelist | Harness

Martyn Coupland
Martyn Coupland

DevOps Institute Ambassador

Senior Technical Consultant | Ensono

Daniel Oh
Daniel Oh

DevOps Institute Ambassador

Principal Technical Product Marketing Manager | Red Hat

Viktor Farcic
Viktor Farcic

Principal DevOps Architect | Codefresh


Tracy Ragan - CEO | DeployHub

Hermetic Deployments – the Heart of GitOps

‘Buzz word bingo’ often gets in the way of truly understanding new concepts. We have heard the term GitOps but what does it truly mean. At the core of GitOps is a process of creating an airtight deployment process that can be repeated without the potential of human interference . In other words, a single source of truth that can be versioned over time to track changes. In this session, we will explore the basic concept of GitOps and discuss the future direction and challenges of a GitOps methodology.

About Tracy

Tracy is CEO and Co-Founder of DeployHub. DeployHub is the first microservice management platform designed to facilitate the sharing, relationship mapping and deployments of microservices. Tracy is expert in configuration management and pipeline life cycle practices with a hyper focus on microservices and cloud native architecture. She currently serves as a board member of the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF) where she is the elected General Member Representative. Tracy is also the Community Director of Ortelius, the open source core of DeployHub, now a CDF Incubating Project. Tracy is a recognized evangelist in microservices and the continuous delivery pipeline.


Bryan Feuling - Solutions Architect | Harness

About Bryan

Bryan began his tech career as a Help Desk Technician for a Fortune 200 company. His experience includes Database Administration, Application Development, Automation Engineering, and more. He has worked with hundreds of companies to help them avoid the same issues, pains, and engineer burnout that he saw and still sees in the industry.


Marc Halcrow | DevOps Institute

About Marc

Marc Halcrow has been engaged in the Tech Community for over 15 years and has worked to raise market awareness around the business benefits of DevOps, SRE, Cloud Computing and related frameworks. Halcrow is currently at DevOps Institute and is involved in supporting organizations globally to leverage the many benefits of DevOps.
Previously, Halcrow supported and raised awareness as to the importance of culture and sustainable development at The World Bank.
In addition to holding various IT certifications, Halcrow has an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, The Netherlands and a degree in International Finance from The American University, Washington, DC.


William Chia - Senior Product Marketing Manager | GitLab

Intro to Cloud Native Transformation

Digital transformation is a continually evolving practice. As new digital technologies emerge, enterprises must adapt. For some, this means continuing and scaling an existing transformation. For others who are behind, the opportunity exists to leapfrog into a modern era by adopting cloud native technologies such as containers and microservices alongside implementing more traditional Agile and DevOps methodologies for software development and delivery. Learn why enterprises are moving to cloud native and how the most successful are making the change.

About William

William is a product-minded storyteller who’s been crafting both code and copy since the late 90’s. At GitLab, William leads product marketing for GitLab’s Cloud Native and GitOps use cases. Prior to joining GitLab, William’s career focused on serving technical users and buyers at companies like Twilio and Digium, the sponsor of open source Asterisk. Outside of work, you can find William cooking, practicing Taekwondo, and playing video games with his wife and three children.


Shelby Spees - Developer Advocate |

Observing Progressive Delivery: The Life of a Honeycomb Feature

Do you avoid deploying on Fridays? Does your team often have to roll back releases? Do you want to ship faster, but you fear that moving fast isn’t safe? Engineering teams often slow down when we don’t understand what’s happening. We can’t move quickly if things break all the time, or else we’ll end up with unhappy customers and burnt out engineers.

Fear not! With the right feedback loops, you can reduce these risks, empowering you to build quickly, confidently, and safely. At Honeycomb, we’ve figured out how to move fast by combining progressive delivery with the power of observability.

In this talk, I’ll introduce you to observability-driven development and how it works with feature flags. I’ll also walk through how Honeycomb’s product engineering team applies these practices to real feature development. Attendees of this talk will walk away with an understanding of observability, a new way to learn how your changes behave in production, and practical steps to tighten your own team’s feedback loops.

About Shelby

Developer Advocate and Software Engineer working to help developers have better relationships with theirservices in production. Dedicated to improving access and equity in tech as well as to helping people feel goodabout their work.


Leonardo Murillo - CTO | Qwinix Technologies

Progressive Delivery when lives are on the line

5G is a game changing technology not just for mobile users, but also for providers of telecommunication services.

Network operators are choosing cloud native architectures, containers and Kubernetes as opposed to more traditional virtualization or bare metal alternatives for their core network functions.

But what happens when you’re deploying new versions of your network function containers, while they’re handling somebody’s 911 call?

In this talk we’ll go over challenges and solutions when you must assure your deployment patterns never negatively impact mission critical services – because lives may depend on it.

About Leonardo

Leonardo Murillo is CTO at Qwinix Technologies, Founder of Cloud Native Architects, DevOps Institute Ambassador and Organizer of the CNCF Comm.

Leo brings a wide-ranging industry perspective, with over 20 years of experience building technology and leading teams all the way from Startups to Fortune 500s.

He is passionate about cloud native technologies, organizational transformation and the open source community. A believer in human potential and the transformative power of technology, Leo focuses on exploring leading edge technologies hands-on and pondering on technology strategy.”


Rachel White - Technical Evangelist | Datadog

Monitoring Serverless Applications with Datadog

Learn about serverless functions and how we can take traditional observability practices and adapt it to a serverless ecosystem.

About Rachel

Rachel White is a technologist, artist, and pretend-cyborg who is currently a Technical Evangelist @ Datadog, and member of the Node.js Community Committee. She is interested in new uses for old hardware, useless robots, VR/AR/MR, and bots. She has spoken internationally about Node.js, JavaScript, Creative Coding, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and hardware.


Pawel Piwosz - Lead Systems Engineer | EPAM

CI/CD for AWS Lambda functions

Let’s create a CI/CD pipeline for Python Lambda function, using AWS toolset.
During the presentation we will learn what really is CI/CD, and how to design simple, yet functional pipeline on AWS using… CloudFormation!

About Pawel

I have computers around me for very long time. My first contact was when I was less than 10 years old, so it gives more than 30 years. Professionally I am involved in IT industry for over 20 years. I used to work for big companies, and small startups. Currently I am working at EPAM Systems as Lead Systems Engineer, and helping the organization to grow DevOps practices. Also, I am leading the **DevOps Community Poland** and I am a member of **BIRD** (Be In Real DevOps) movement.

I strongly believe in “DevOps in Agile way”, there is no real DevOps practices without Agile.

My main focus these days is self development. I am devoted to containers, clouds, serverless, CI/CD, automation tools and monitoring, and I am helping people to understand DevOps.


Chinmay Gaikwad - Technical Evangelist | Epsagon

Creating an Observability Strategy via Distributed Tracing

Observability is becoming challenging for the DevOps and Engineering teams in the new age of the microservices and cloud-native world. In this session, we will discuss the challenges in achieving observability for modern applications and strategies to achieve them. We will explore how distributed tracing helps reduce MTTD/R, thus increasing developer velocity. Finally, we will review the steps to achieving observability at scale for modern applications.

About Chinmay

Chinmay is a Technical Evangelist at Epsagon with experience in data center and cloud technologies. Previously, he worked at companies such as Intel, IBM and early stage startups. Chinmay has a Master’s from Columbia University and an MBA from UC Berkeley. In his free time, he loves traveling and exploring new restaurants.


Ernesto Garbarino - Cloud Evangelist and Account CTO | Mphasis

Kubernetes: A Gateway Drug for Vendor Lock-in

Many organisations believe to be betting on interoperability by choosing Kubernetes rather than, what they believe to be, a proprietary platform. However, this could be a trap that can easily lead to vendor lock-in. We need to learn from history to avoid repeating the same mistake again.

About Ernesto

Ernesto Garbarino is Enterprise Architect, Cloud Evangelist and Account CTO at Mphasis, a Blackstone company. Mr. Garbarino holds an MSc in Software Engineering from University of Oxford with Distinction as well as two diplomas in Computing from the same institution. He is also the author of “Beginning Kubernetes on the Google Cloud Platform”, published by Apress.


Robert Hostlowsky - IT Senior WebDevOp Engineer | Instana

Lessons learned while running my own GraphQL Trello clone without any servers

About 3 years ago I started to run a live demo for a course about building a Trello clone with the latest technologies. This began simple with almost no effort – like playing Lego bricks.
The interesting challenge was then to deploy and maintain the live demo site on different cloud providers.
Typical problems are where to store the data, serving the web site and how to do user management. Many providers have freemium plans.
The main problem was to maintain my product and to adapt to fast changing services: e.g. updating tools and libraries, and moving from containers to serverless…
An advanced CI/CD pipeline with a solid testing strategy helped to face this challenge.
Finally adding instana for monitoring helped me find a bottleneck and improve overall performance.
I want to share my experiences to inspire others to bring their ideas to the market.

About Robert

Currently, Robert Hostlowsky is working as a developer, enabler, coach and systems engineer.
He previously published an online video course about developing a full-stack GraphQL application online-course.
He lives DevOps culture on modern cloud infrastructure, uses the latest state-of-the-art web technologies, and loves how it plays nicely together at minimum effort and cost.
He loves web technologies. Feeling to be part of the developer community he is co-organizing the JSCraftcamp, Munich.


Marco Coulter - Techical Evangelist |

Get ready to spend more on serverless than you expect, and be happy about it.

It seems common sense. Today, you pay for a server with a full stack. Tomorrow, you run just a microservice without that overhead. You will reduce your cost, right? Sorry, Jevon says you are likely to end up spending more, and that you will probably be glad you did! By stepping through IT’s history of sprawl and consolidation cycles and weaving ‘Jevon’s Paradox’ into the lessons learnt, this session prepares you for the surprise serverless microservices appearing in your cloud invoices. Learn what to prepare for and which will not work in the microservice ecology.

About Marco

As a Technical Evangelist, Marco Coulter is passionate about the experience humans have when interacting with technology. A former startup CTO, Marco has progressed from operator to leadership roles at Cisco, CSC, CA Technologies, and more recently 451 Research, where he led the data science team. He earned the nickname “the tech-whisperer” for his skills in translating business drivers for a technical audience and technical concepts for business leaders. Marco is a proud DevOps Ambassador for the DevOps Institute. When taking the rare break from technology, Marco can be found harvesting fresh vegetables from his NYC garden.


Ravi Lachhman - Evangelist | Harness

Continuous Delivery – Getting to Yes for Cloud-Native and Serverless

Nobody likes getting told no from a person or ironically today a system. As software engineers, our bread and butter depend on getting our ideas into the world aka off our laptop and into some sort of environment where more than us can access aka prod.

There is a lot of room for human and systemic no there. One of the first books I read out of school as a young consultant was Roger Fisher’s and William Ury’s Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. Continuous Delivery is as much as automating a yes as setting forth what would be a no. There are multiple Continuous Delivery methodologies that parallel the book such as “separating people from the problem” aka Continuous Delivery Automation.

In the CNCF world, there are over 1500 cards in the CNCF landscape today. Each change in each if we leverage can result in a no. There are tools out there and practices we can use. Learn what these platforms and processes try to achieve with getting us a yes for new technology!

About Ravi

Ravi Lachhman is an evangelist at Harness. Prior to Harness, Ravi was an evangelist at AppDynamics. Ravi has held various sales and engineering roles at Mesosphere, Red Hat, and IBM helping commercial and federal clients build the next generation of distributed systems. Ravi enjoys traveling the world with his stomach and is obsessed with Korean BBQ.


Martyn Coupland - Senior Technical Consultant | Ensono

Introduction to Cloud Native and Serverless in Azure

In this session, we look at the cloud native and serverless services in Microsoft Azure, what the common pitfalls are of using these services and how you can scale and deploy your cloud native applications.

About Martyn

Martyn is a Senior Azure Consultant with Ensono. He is responsible for working with clients on the implementation of their Microsoft Azure environments and strategies on DevOps. Martyn is a regular speaker at Microsoft events and community events on Azure and DevOps, giving his insight to a growing number of audiences.


Daniel Oh - Principal Technical Product Marketing Manager | Red Hat

Get Quarkus Funqy the next time you hit a Serverless dance floor!

No doubt to transition existing cloud-native microservices to serverless functions anytime for optimizing resources on Kubernetes but also scaling out the functions in a variety of FaaS/Serverless platforms at speed. However, each platform provides different APIs, syntax, and runtime restrictions to write a function that is not enjoyable works for serverless developers. Quarkus Funqy aims to provide portable Java APIs for developers to write a function and make it deployable on multiple Serverless platforms(i.e. AWS Lambda, Azure Functions, Google Cloud Functions, Knative Eventing). In this session, we’ll walk you through how Quarkus Funqy makes you(developer) dance on the Serverless floor for fun without code changes.

About Daniel

Daniel Oh is a principal technical product marketing manager at Red Hat and works CNCF ambassador / DevOps Institute ambassador as well. He’s well recognized in cloud-native app dev, senior DevOps evangelist in many open source projects and international conferences.


Viktor Farcic - Principal DevOps Architect | Codefresh

All That Developers Need Is a Browser (or How to Be More Productive by Having Less)

What would you say if I would tell you that you can be as productive with the cheapest laptop as with the one you already have? Would you believe me if I would say that there is no need for you to install an IDE, compilers, CLIs, Docker, and whatever else you might have on your laptop? How about having a full development environment created whenever you need it instead of dealing with virtual machines and whatever else might be fulfilling your development needs? What if I say that all you need is a browser and that it doesn’t matter whether you have a laptop, desktop, Chromebook, or a tablet? On top of all that, I will even claim that you can be more productive without all those things.

Watch this session to see how!

About Viktor

Viktor Farcic is a member of the Google Developer Experts and Docker Captains groups, and published author. His big passions are DevOps, Containers, Kubernetes, Microservices, Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD). He published The DevOps Toolkit Series, DevOps Paradox, and Test-Driven Java Development., as well as courses in Udemy. He is also the host of The DevOps Toolkit Series YouTube channel and a co-host of the DevOps Paradox podcast.

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