As organizations adopt new technologies like cloud or IoT, the need for codification and automation quickly becomes apparent. No longer can engineers create individual servers with shell commands or click through a GUI to provision machines. To add more complexity to the equation, many vendors offer proprietary services and interfaces that need to be integrated into each application. This new cloud-and-iot-based world demands automation across the entire stack.
Oddly enough, these problems are not new - infrastructure management is constantly being redefined. Are we re-inventing the wheel? This talk discusses the journey of manual servers, codifying machines as code, immutable infrastructure, infrastructure as code, security as code, and applications as code, but what's next? What's the "next big thing" that will revolutionize the systems administration and DevOps space?
Seth Vargo is a Developer Advocate at Google.
Previously he worked at HashiCorp, Chef Software, CustomInk, and a few Pittsburgh-based startups. He is the author of Learning Chef and passionate about reducing inequality in technology. When he is not writing, working on open source, teaching, or speaking at conferences, Seth enjoys spending time with his friends and advising non-profits.
Curious for more? Be sure to watch his talk on building epic open source tools, the HarshiCorp way.