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Reflections on 2019 USENIX Conference on Operational Machine Learning (OpML ’19)

By Kurt Andersen, USENIX Liaison to OpML ’19.

On May 20th, USENIX was excited to hold the very first Operational Machine Learning conference: OpML ’19. As over 220 attendees gathered that morning, it became clear that this is a topic which affects a lot of different organizations, and that a lot of work in the domain is in progress in both industry and academia.

Diversity @ Enigma

By Ben Adida & Franzi Roesner.

How Instagram is scaling its infrastructure across the ocean

Scaling up your infrastructure is especially challenging when the next data center is on another continent.

By sherryxiao from Opensource.com.

In 2014, two years after Instagram joined Facebook, Instagram's engineering team moved the company's infrastructure from Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers to Facebook's data centers. Facebook has multiple data centers across the United States and Europe but, until recently, Instagram used only U.S. data centers.

4-phase approach for taking over large, messy IT systems

Hit the ground running with these strategies and toolsets for ops teams taking over complex infrastructure.

By stevemushero from Opensource.com.

Everyone loves building shiny, new systems using the latest technologies and especially the most modern DevOps tools. But that's not the reality for lots of operations teams, especially those running larger systems with millions of users and old, complex infrastructure.

We already have nice things, and other reasons not to write in-house ops tools

Let's look at the pitfalls of writing in-house ops tools, the circumstances that justify it, and how to do it better.

By vishuzdelishuz from Opensource.com.

What is an SRE and how does it relate to DevOps?

The SRE role is common in large enterprises, but smaller businesses need it, too.

By craig5 from Opensource.com.

An introduction to Ansible Operators in Kubernetes

The new Operator SDK makes it easy to create a Kubernetes controller to deploy and manage a service or application in a cluster.

By mhrivnak from Opensource.com.

For years, Ansible has been a go-to choice for infrastructure automation. As Kubernetes adoption has skyrocketed, Ansible has continued to shine in the emerging container orchestration ecosystem.

An Opportunity to Share Your Opinion: Take Our 15 Minute Survey

If I had to pick one thing that is the most readily apparent during my first year at USENIX, it is the high-caliber people who are involved with the organization.

From the staff to the Board of Directors, through the program committees, to our members and conference attendees, I have had overwhelmingly positive and thoughtful interactions with all those whom I’ve encountered.

A strong, committed community like this has valuable opinions to offer us, and so we have put together a survey to solicit those opinions.

LISA18 Wishlist: Talks and tutorials we’d like to see

By Elizabeth K. Joseph and Brendan Gregg

Join us for 3 days in Nashville at LISA18! Read more about this year’s conference and the CFP, due Thursday, May 24.

The Program Committee for LISA18 has spent the past few months reaching out to potential speakers and reviewing their submissions to ultimately build a strong, diverse line-up of topics for the this year’s LISA program.

Throughout this process, we have noticed a few gaps, so we’ve put together the following wish list of topics we’d love to see covered.