Today’s operations teams are under more pressure than ever. The cumulative effect of continuous agile releases, DevOps, cloud infrastructure, containers, security, and other factors have created a fluid, dynamically changing environment for ops teams that makes it challenging to keep enterprise infrastructure up and running. Modern operations teams need to quickly detect and resolve incidents and performance issues to keep their business running optimally, so they can spend more time optimizing and improving their systems.
That’s the basic premise behind the Operating Dynamic Infrastructure track at FutureStack16, coming to San Francisco November 16 and 17. Along with the other three FutureStack tracks (New Relic 101, Developing Breakthrough Customer Experiences, and Analytics for Everyone), Operating Dynamic Infrastructure was designed to create a compelling and valuable FutureStack16 experience for attendees with a wide range of interests and experience. Primarily designed for ops and DevOps teams (along with developers and business decision-makers), the track focuses on how to keep your modern software running, from advanced APM sessions to an exclusive deep dive into the recently released New Relic Infrastructure.
A star-studded roster
The track’s list of speakers includes such New Relic partners as Amazon Web Services and customers like Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Gannett, Concur, and more. In addition, New Relic experts including Vice President of Product Management Jim Stoneham, Principal Cloud Architect Lee Atchison, Site Reliability Engineer Alice Goldfuss, Product Manager Karishma Irani, Senior Software Engineer Matt Wagner, and more will offer our own advice and perspective. Plus, attendees will get advanced, hands-on training from New Relic’s corps of training professionals.
The cloud changes everything
Cloud infrastructure platforms like AWS are powerful tools to help companies focus on building apps and bringing new products to market more quickly. That said, dynamic cloud-based infrastructures brings a whole new set of issues for operations teams. Traditional server-monitoring dashboards aren’t very helpful in hybrid environments where ops needs to manage and optimize a mix of legacy static servers in addition to the geographically distributed dynamic instances—all in real time.
The Operating Dynamic Infrastructure track is designed to help you address the challenges of this brave new world. Ops teams need a single source of the truth for determining what went wrong if something breaks—either due to an intentional change or as an automated output of a process. Traditional server-monitoring tools cannot monitor dynamic cloud infrastructure, which can put the core application in jeopardy. This paradigm will be further explored by Terry Wise, AWS’ Vice President of Global Alliances, Ecosystem and Channels, in his session “Reinventing Your Business with AWS.” Terry will investigate how companies like Autodesk, for example, have thrived using AWS services to scale their modern applications.
A deep dive into New Relic Infrastructure
To tackle these new needs, New Relic Infrastructure is designed to make it easier than ever to gain complete visibility into your dynamic infrastructure and how it’s changing in real time. Our own Jim Stoneham and Al Kemner, Principal Engineer, Platform as a Service, at Gannett, will demonstrate how it works in their presentation “New Relic Infrastructure Intro: Increasing Mean Time Between Loss of Sleep.”
Want more? In their session “How to Get a Handle on Your Changing Configurations with New Relic Infrastructure,” Karishma Irani and Matt Wagner from our product team will dig into the data and metrics you need to collect and demonstrate how New Relic’s AWS integration provides a tag-driven view of your cloud environments. They’ll even show you how New Relic Infrastructure enables you to view system metrics alongside Docker containers and application metrics.
Of course, there’s more to successful infrastructure management than having the right tools. Roles matter, too—from the “rock star” always rolling out a new demo or installing a new technology in your stack, to the “builder” making it reliable and scalable, to the “janitor” who cleans up all the messes and writes the documentation. But in Alice Goldfuss’ session on “Your Team of Rockstars, Builders, and Janitors: You’re Doing It Wrong,” you’ll learn why pigeonholing team members into these roles can cause problems. Instead, see the productivity benefits of having every contributor embody all these roles as needed.
By nature, using dynamic infrastructure presents new opportunities for innovation, and new best practices and ideas pop up as often as new AWS services. So the Operating Dynamic Infrastructure track includes multiple New Relic customers sharing their experiences and discoveries using dynamic infrastructure. In the session “Major League Baseball Advanced Media—Winning a High-Stakes Game,” for example, MLBAM CTO Joe Inzerillo will outline how Major League Baseball’s digital media unit uses New Relic to monitor the effects of changes in its infrastructure, and quickly ascertain what’s behind them.
If you work in ops or DevOps, you won’t want to miss the Operating Dynamic Infrastructure track at FutureStack 16. It’s your ticket to learning how to optimize your organization’s infrastructure as quickly, easily, and efficiently as possible.
Learn more about the Operating Dynamic Infrastructure track and the rest of FutureStack at SanFrancisco.FutureStack.io. Register here before we sell out! And follow FutureStack on Twitter @NewRelic #FS16SF.
Check out photos from last year’s FutureStack15 event.
Note: Event dates, participants, and topics are subject to change without notice.