Don’t Ever Change! Are Immutable Deployments Really Simpler, Faster, and Safer?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 1:35 pm2:15 pm

Rob Hirschfeld, RackN


In the cloud and container era, we’ve moved from managing systems over time to the create-destroy-recreate pattern commonly known as immutable infrastructure. These concepts are not just for containers and clouds, they can be simpler, faster and safer than traditional configuration in data center operations!

We’ll drill deep into these redeployment-based processes with examples, tooling highlights, and pragmatic pros and cons of this approach. We’ll also talk about taking immutable down to the metal.

This session is for experienced operators: we’re taking a system view and then going into the weeds.

Attendees of this session will learn the following:

  • Understanding of Immutable Infrastructure as part of a larger process
  • Requirements to create your own Immutable Infrastructure deployments
  • Benefits & Challenge of an Immutable Infra architecture
  • Applying immutable to physical infrastructure
  • Demonstration of Immutable Infrastructure using open source tools (time permitting)

Rob Hirschfeld, RackN

Rob has been in the cloud and infrastructure space for nearly 15 years from working with early ESX Betas to serving four terms on the OpenStack Foundation Board and becoming an Executive at Dell. As a co-founder of the Digital Rebar project, Rob creating a new generation of DevOps orchestration to leverage the containers and service-oriented ops. He trained as an Industrial Engineer and carries a passion for applying Lean and Agile process to software delivery.

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@conference {213068,
author = {Rob Hirschfeld},
title = {{Don{\textquoteright}t} Ever Change! Are Immutable Deployments Really Simpler, Faster, and Safer?},
year = {2018},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = mar

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