ANSIBLEFEST RETURNS TO LONDON

We’re excited to bring AnsibleFest back to London on June 22. For the second year in a row we will host our one-day conference at the InterContinental London - The O2. Join hundreds of users, developers and industry partners for more Ansible content than ever before.

In addition to a general session with automation insights, Ansible product updates and industry thought leadership, the conference will feature four content tracks. Whether you're interested in Solutions, Tech Deep Dives, Ansible Essentials or Network Automation, there is a track for you.

AnsibleFest provides you the knowledge, best practices and connections you need to transform your business through IT automation with Ansible. Attendees include DevOps engineers, operations engineers, open source fans, systems engineers, system administrators, operations staff, release engineers, network engineers and security professionals.

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1 Waterview Drive
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AGENDA & SESSIONS

9:00-9:45AM

The Automated Enterprise

Organizations today must respond to ever-increasing competition and the sheer pace of innovation.  For IT teams, this means delivering faster, at greater scale, and more efficiently.

These same demands drive application developers to create new applications and deliver them faster. This places further stress on the IT Operations team tasked with providing a scalable, on-demand infrastructure that can service developers and the business.

No longer can IT leaders consider only, “What is our management strategy?”

Now IT leaders must consider, “What is our automation strategy?”

In this keynote session, hear from Justin Nemmers, Product Owner of Ansible by Red Hat, about how automation can help transform IT operations for the next generation of IT management.

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Justin Nemmers, Product Owner, Ansible

9:45-10:15AM

Product Highlights

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Greg DeKoenigsberg, Head of Community, Ansible
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Jason McKerr, Director of Engineering, Ansible
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Peter Sprygada, Senior Principal Engineer, Ansible
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Bill Nottingham, Senior Principal Product Manager, Ansible

11:15AM-12:00PM

Efficiency and Effectiveness Through DevOps

The British Army has recently migrated to a cloud technology stack and implemented modern DevOps and Continuous Integration (CI) methodologies within the organisation. In late 2016 Ansible Tower was deployed to provide automation and orchestration capabilities within the Army's private cloud environment. Ansible has enabled an enhanced level of control over both production and CI platforms, simplified complex tasks (thus enabling delegation) and minimised downtime.

In this talk, you will hear from Lt Col Dorian Seabrook, Head of Software Delivery, and Aidan Beeson, Linux Technical Architect, about the Army's DevOps and Continuous Integration journey. Topics will include:
  • Why Ansible was selected as their defacto automation platform for managing their Red Hat Linux systems
  • How Ansible Tower provides a powerful, yet user-friendly, graphical interface with the required inbuilt security and access management capabilities
  • How Ansible integrates with the virtual infrastructure and enables the DevOps and CI methodologies to flourish
  • What type of time-savings and cost-savings effects they have experienced

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Aidan Beeson, IAS Linux Technical Architect, British Army


1:00-1:45PM

A Year with Ansible

Based on Ross Barnie's recent blog posts on Ansible, he'll be talking about his experience over the last year, peppered with stories of things that worked well, things that didn't, and a cautionary tale on over-enthusiastic abstraction. He'll also be discussing how using Ansible has enabled more discussion, more transparency and more easily maintained server administration at tictoc. Primarily aimed at beginners, but may get a chuckle or two from experienced Ansible users or system administrators.
Ross Barnie, Developer, tictoc Digital

2:00-2:45PM

Automating Your Infrastructure with Ansible

Ansible is one of the newest players to the Configuration Management System scene, but comes with very powerful features and big momentum. This talk will start with an overview of what Ansible is and how it works. Then, you will learn how Ansible can help improve the quality and the speed of your deployments as well as the ability to manage your systems after the deployment.

Fabio Alessandro Locati, Senior Consultant, Red Hat

3:00-3:45PM

Ten Things I Hate About You: Manage Windows Like Linux with Ansible

Few questions induce fear into the heart of a Linux admin more than, "Hey, can you manage these Windows servers?" Ansible is simple, secure, and agentless Windows management with the exact same tools, language, and philosophy used for Linux hosts. In this talk you'll learn about Windows host connectivity with Ansible, easy automation of Windows management tasks and how Ansible overlays Powershell.

Matt Davis
Matt Davis, Senior Principal Software Engineer, Ansible

4:00-4:45PM

Installing and Configuring Ansible Tower Clusters

This talk will show you how to install and configure Ansible Tower in a clustered configuration. It will go into detail on how to plan for capacity, managing failover, adding and removing nodes, and managing multiple Towers behind a Load Balancer. You'll also learn how Tower distributes jobs, and how running a Tower Cluster can actually make your jobs run faster.

Matt Jones
Matt Jones, Principal Software Engineer, Ansible

1:00-1:45PM

How We Migrated a Large Scale Financial Trading Platform to the Cloud

A journey of how a large-scale financial trading platform transitioned from alternative technologies into Ansible and Ansible Tower to control their fleet of Windows and Linux hosts in AWS and perform complex deployments in a repeatable and secured way in AWS in less than a year, going from 0 to 1500 hosts in multiple AWS regions.

Peter Murray, DevOps Engineer

2:00-2:45PM

Running Ansible at Scale

In this session you will learn the human, technical and policy-driven factors it takes to run Ansible at scale. The session will also cover software development lifecycle for writing, testing and releasing Ansible code into various environments. Ansible Tower plays a crucial role in automation at scale and the problems Tower solves will be covered in detail.

Sam Doran
Sam Doran, Senior Automation Consultant, Ansible

3:00-3:45PM

Ansible is in our DNA: Automation at Illumina

Illumina turns genetic data into actionable information - at true petabyte scale. Their first UK deployment involved shipping encrypted backups from production systems in California, followed by weeks of trial and error reconfigurations until everything worked. This talk is about how they made the transition from big hand-crafted environments to inventory driven automation that manages over 20 AWS accounts in 3 different regions, alongside hardware datacenter environments. Supporting scientific research and precision medicine initiatives often presents regulatory and data sovereignty challenges they can only meet because of that transition. This talk is about what they did right, what they did wrong, and how they made it less scary when people ask "So, how long will it take to build three more environments in a new place?”

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Nikki Bailey, Systems Automation Engineer, Illumina

4:00-4:45PM

ING – Continuous Delivery As a Service

ING is well on its way to become a true Agile DevOps IT organization. Over the last years they have implemented a standardized Continuous Delivery pipeline, which they provide to their global IT teams as a service (CDaaS). This means all DevOps teams across the globe use the same central source code repository, the same artifact repository, and the same integrated release and deployment automation tools. However, one size fits all is never the case in a global and diverse enterprise as ING. In order to have standardization, rationalization yet flexibility to adapt to the complex multi-tier, multi-component, monolith application deployments and still reap the benefits of central delivery pipeline, they required a flexible and highly customizable deployment automation solution. In this talk, ING would like to share how they integrated Ansible Tower into their bank-wide Continuous Delivery pipeline, to offer flexible and powerful server configuration and deployment capabilities to their DevOps teams, while making the entire application delivery cycle secure, auditable and as standardized as possible. They will touch on topics such as the cultural and organizational challenges, technical implementation, seamless integration using Tower APIs, as well as the integration with the automated infrastructure provisioning pipeline.
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Ashutosh Sahu, Product Owner, ING
Arnab Sinha, Solution Architect, ING

1:00-1:45PM

Automated Management of Shared Secrets with Ansible

The chicken-and-egg-ness of storing shared-secrets securely is particularly problematic in corporate environments. Combining Ansible and HashiCorp Vault, you will learn how to deploy tiered applications with auto-generated credentials, and store the secrets in Vault. This makes automated rotation of application credentials practical, dropping credential-ttl to hours rather than weeks, months, or never. The second half of the talk will walk through submitting a PR for the Ansible lookup plugin for HashiCorp Vault, adding ldap authentication functionality. The speaker's motivation for this session is to lower the barrier for DevOps engineers to use secure shared-secret storage. His message is that a few lines of code is often all it takes to scratch your particular itch. The ability to extend Ansible is an important skill for your DevOps team.

Doug Bridgens
Doug Bridgens, DevOps Engineer, Far Oeuf

2:00-2:45PM

Automating Your Business Application's REST API with Ansible

In times of limited time, money, staff and overall resources, automation is essential for any IT operation to stay competitive. But too often automation focuses solely on single servers - only deploying software and configuration. But today's data center automation needs to integrate servers, services and applications with each other. And with Ansible you can answer to this challenge. In this session, you will learn how you can use Ansible to talk to your business application's REST API - and to develop your own Ansible modules doing just that. The presentation starts with how to talk to generic REST APIs with existing Ansible modules digging through best practices and common challenges and finally showing how to write your own module to manage your business application' REST API.

Roland Wolters, Solutions Architect, Red Hat

3:00-3:45PM

Automating Oracle RAC Deployments with Ansible

Many companies rely on Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) in their production systems since they provide proven, reliable and highly available database services. But Oracle RACs are also very difficult to install, configure, maintain, require skilled Oracle DBAs and the installation takes ages.

For rapid growth companies these type of dependencies represent a major challenge. How to speed up Oracle RAC installation from 1 week to 1 hour? How to remove the dependency on experts? How to improve consistency and control in production systems? Learn how Ansible helped Verimatrix, Inc. to approach challenges in quickly growing Telco market and stay on top of the competition.
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Tomas Sykora, Principal Services Engineer, Verimatrix

4:00-4:45PM

From Dockerfiles to Ansible Container

Lessons learnt from turning a docker-compose & Dockerfile based project into ansible-container. In this session you will see: real examples, real problems, maybe solutions, hopefully solutions, and most importantly: why ansible-container is so awesome.

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Tomas Tomecek, Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat

1:00-1:45PM

Ansible for Networks: Beyond Static Templates

During a recent consulting project with a large Canadian ISP focused on network automation, Arctiq embarked on a journey to re-evaluate how Juniper routers were provisioned. Up until now all of the Ansible for networks publications and development seemed to be focused on leveraging Ansible to install config files from a directory. While this is logical and can be fairly easily maintained, in that you curate the static files, and automate their deployment, it doesn’t help solve for efficiencies in mitigating human error. The work Arctiq did over the past few months is to create Playbooks and Jinja templates that take a series of variables that define a router’s configuration, and dynamically build the configuration files. Once built and assembled, the Playbooks install the newly built configuration files. The Playbook runs are idempotent, and help remove human error in template building by using the logic Arctiq wrote into the templates.

Tim Fairweather
Tim Fairweather, Partner, Arctiq
Shea Stewart, Partner, Arctiq

2:00-2:45PM

Network Automation with Cisco ACI and Ansible

In this session, you will learn about Network automation using Cisco ACI REST APIs and Ansible. It will dig deep into the use cases seen and used in Customer deployments along with the problems that Ansible and ACI help address together. There will be some focus on automation of legacy networks with Ansible and NXOS. This will be the first session which will cover newly developed ACI modules for Ansible.

Devarshi Shah
Devarshi Shah, Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco Systems

3:00-3:45PM

Network CI/CD Using Ansible and GitLab

Kudelski Group is using a mix of Ansible and GitLab to deploy and manage the life-cycle of their datacenter's network infrastructure. Bootstrapping a new datacenter can be done 100% using DevOps tools without manual intervention on the hardware; it greatly improves the time-to-production, the overall stability and the quality of the infrastructure. With "Infrastructure as Code", Kudelski Group can now easily do audits or do reviews based on the code that they produce, and as everything is versioned inside git, it has never been so easy for them to track or roll-back changes. With GitLab each commit is first validated through Kudelski Group's CI/CD pipeline to ensure that their Ansible code can be compiled, then they go through the usual merge-request process before applying code in production. Gitlab automates the whole Ansible deployment.

Romain Avoilat
Romain Aviolat, Cloud Infrastructure Expert, Kudelski Group

4:00-4:45PM

Using Ansible to Modernize the BlueJeans’ Datacenters Infrastructure

The goal of this presentation is to provide details on how a small centralized team of engineers at BlueJeans employs Ansible to manage multiple worldwide data centers. By leveraging Ansible, BlueJeans is able to leverage a successful NetDevOps model to drive simulation, configuration centralization, deployment and troubleshooting of the entire data center infrastructure. This presentation begins with using Ansible and a simulation environment to validate configurations. Then it moves to discussing how configurations are centrally stored in a git repository for versioning country. It finishes with operationalization of a datacenter using the previously tested configurations as well as ongoing operations leveraging Ansible. The challenges of migrating an existing data center to Ansible will be discussed, along with lessons learned and optimizations.

Rama Darbha
Rama Darbha, Senior Consulting Engineer, Cumulus Networks
Jawhny Cooke
Jawhny Cooke Operational Technical Leader, BlueJeans Networks

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ANSIBLE NETWORKING HUB

AnsibleFest London 2017 will include our Networking Hub, a space for everyone interested in network automation. Stop in to talk with Ansible networking engineers and network vendors about use cases like automating the deployment of Clos-based networks and ensuring configuration standards compliance. All are welcome! Network admins, ops leads and network engineers will especially not want to miss this.

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