Ten-year Journey to 10,000 Production Machines

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 4:00 pm4:45 pm

Rob Hirschfeld, RackN


What does it take to scale to provisioning and automation management to 10,000 machines? We'll cover a decade of improvements starting from humble wrappers on a Chef with a 50 machine limit, through API optimizations to multi-threaded maintenance systems and shared indexes that handle 10,000 concurrent operations.

Rob Hirschfeld, RackN

Do you keep wondering why building automation is so hard and even harder to share as a community? That really bugs Rob too! He has been creating software to collaboratively automate infrastructure for over 20 years. His latest startup, RackN, focuses on providing Distributed IaC automation and abstraction layers for provisioning Cloud, Edge and Enterprise data centers. He is also building a forward looking operator community at the2030.cloud with weekly DevOps and future hallway-type discussions.

SREcon22 Americas Open Access Sponsored by Blameless

@conference {278148,
author = {Rob Hirschfeld},
title = {Ten-year Journey to 10,000 Production Machines},
year = {2022},
address = {San Francisco, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = mar,

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