The Art of the Laptop Cluster


October 18th at 6:00 PM


Sixth Floor
206 6th Ave Des Moines, IA

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NOTE: The date is much earlier in the month than normal. Also, we will be on the 6th floor of Gravitate.


David Blank-Edelman, a Technical Evangelist at Apcera.


Are you sitting in front of a cluster right now? Surely you are typing at a laptop running a cluster just like the ones you have in production. And the process of moving your efforts from the laptop up to production, is it silky smooth? Maybe not. Let’s talk about why.


When Docker burst on the scene in 2013, one promise that excited both developers and operations people alike was the idea that a dev would create a container on her laptop that could then be shipped right up to production. Three years later, most people have realized that it may not be that simple.

In a world where we are building microservices and distributed systems, how can you ensure that the laptop you are typing at now is a step towards production-ready software and not a distraction from it? Let’s get deep down and dirty into the art of constructing useful clusters on our primary development/operations control machines and the challenges we face in the process.


This talk will given by David Blank-Edelman. David is the Technical Evangelist at Apcera. He has spent thirty years in the systems administration/DevOps/SRE field in large multiplatform environments including Brandeis University, Cambridge Technology Group, MIT Media Laboratory and Northeastern University. He is the author of the O’Reilly Otter book (Automating System Administration with Perl) and is a frequent invited speaker at conferences in the field. David is honored to serve on the USENIX Board of Directors where he helped to re-engineer the LISA conference and co-found the global SREcon conferences. He prefers to pronounce Evangelist with a hard ‘g’.

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