Ansible is in our DNA: Automation at Illumina


At Illumina, we turn genetic data into actionable information - at true petabyte scale. Our 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 we 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 we can only meet because of that transition. This talk is about what we did right, what we did wrong, and how we made it less scary when people ask "so, how long will it take to build three more environments in a new place?”




Nikki Bailey, Informatics Systems Automation Engineer, Illumina