#AnsibleFest NYC 2015 - Speaker Lineup

May 28, 2015 by Bill Nottingham

AnsibleFest NYC 2015

We’re proud to announce some of the speaker lineup for AnsibleFest NYC. AnsibleFest is a day-long conference bringing together hundreds of Ansible users, developers and industry partners to share best-practices, case studies and Ansible news.

Check out our line up of some of the sessions.

AnsibleFest is next Thursday, June 4th in NYC.

Register today as space is very limited.

Ansible v2, James Cammarata, Director of Engineering

A walk through of some of the new features and benefits in the 2.0 release.


James Cammarata is a Director of Engineering at Ansible. He is the lead developer of Ansible, and has worked on tools such as Ansible and Cobbler in the past.

Twitter @thejimic

Ansible Tower 2.2, Bill Nottingham, Director of Product, Ansible

Everyone knows about Ansible’s simple, agentless, and powerful automation. (At least, we assume that’s why you’re here.)  But sometimes you need more in your organization - you want to be able to find out what happened with your playbook run last week. You want to delegate your rollouts to the dev team, so you don’t have to do it.

We’ll show how Ansible Tower adds control, security, and delegation around Ansible. Plus, we’ll show off some of what’s coming in Tower 2.2, and chat about where we see Tower going in the future.


Bill Nottingham is the Director of Product at Ansible. He came to Ansible from Red Hat, where he spent over 15 years building and architecting Red Hat’s Linux products. His days are spent chatting with users and customers about Ansible and Tower.

Twitter @bill_nottingham

Blending Blue/Green: Crafting Cyan Deployments with Ansible, Alan Norton , Lead Software Engineer, Betterment

Blue/Green deployments have been an important, if rarely implemented, technique in the Continuous Delivery playbook for years. Their aim is simple: provision, deploy, test — and optionally roll-back — your application before it's served to the public. Betterment's deployment architecture takes a similar, but more straightforward approach, accomplishing the important goals sought out by Blue/Green practitioners. Dubbed 'Cyan' (a mixture of Blue/Green), Betterment uses Ansible to provision new instances, push the latest artifacts to them, and ensure that they're healthy before marking them ready for production. All this ensures fast, stable, zero-downtime rollout with minimal human interaction. We'll discuss Betterment's philosophical approach to shipping new code and then dive into the nitty-gritty Ansible that powers the whole thing.


Alan Norton leads Betterment’s Infrastructure Engineering team, the group chiefly responsible for designing network architecture, ensuring the safety of customer data, and building tools that make engineers and muggles alike happier and more productive. He’s always game to talk about security, hackathons, graphic novels, or why he avoids using the word “DevOps” in polite company. And no, he's not related to that anti-virus guy.

Twitter @nonrational

Operating Your OpenStack Cloud using Ansible, Walter Bentley, Cloud Solutions Architect, Rackspace

As OpenStack has begun to be considered more of a mainstream cloud platform, the challenge of operating it after it is built has become prevalent.  While all cloud tasks can be executed via the API or CLI tool on a one by one basis, this would not be the best way to handle larger cloud deployments.  The need for more of an automated approach to administering OpenStack is now clear.  With the many IaaS capabilities OpenStack has to offer coupled with Ansible, an ease of use configuration management tool, assures a more complete cloud implementation.

Ansible has become a market leader in the Open Source orchestration and automation space.  With it too being built using Python, similar to OpenStack, it makes for an easy marriage.  The ability to leverage existing and/or new OpenStack modules will allow you to quickly move along your playbook creation.

In this presentation we will step you thru real life OpenStack cloud operator administrative tasks and demonstrate how those tasks can be automated using Ansible.  Wear flip flops, as for sure your socks will be blown off!


Walter is a Rackspace Private Cloud Solutions Architect with a diverse background in Production Systems Administration and Solutions Architecture.  With over 15 years of experience across numerous industries such as marketing, finance, insurance, aviation, food, education and now in the technology product space. Previously, Walter was typically the requestor, consumer and advisor to companies to use technologies such as OpenStack, now promoter of OpenStack technology and Cloud educator.  

Twitter @djstayflypro

Building a Docker-ized Microservice in Node using Ansible, Irakli Nadareishvili,  Director of Strategy, API Academy of CA Technologies

It has become next to impossible to be a web developer in 2015 and not get exposed to hearing hot buzzwords such as: Operations automation, Ansible, Microservices, Containers/Docker, Node, APIs etc. Truth be told, there's nothing to complain about: these are awesome new technologies taking productivity and fun of building distributed applications to a whole new level… Until you have to actually build one using all these moving parts. Getting oriented in the jungle of the new technologies could be seriously daunting.

Let’s take mystery out of the stack, with the help of Ansible. With Ansible, I will build a fully functioning microservice from 0 to working http output in 30 minutes, on-stage and explain how various parts come together, what role they all play in the ecosystem. Obviously this is only possible with an amazing automation framework such as: Ansible.

Let's have some fun!

P.S.: expect “easter eggs” and things you didn’t think were possible.


Irakli is director of strategy at API Academy of CA Technologies. At any given time he can be found: designing and implementing APIs, brainstorming on various topics related to distributed systems architecture and expressing opinions about product design. Irakli is highly involved in the startup community and has spent over a decade in Washington, DC building innovative products for media companies, government and international organizations, while also being an active open-source contributor and advocate. You can connect to Irakli on

Twitter @inadarei

Ansible Tips & Tricks, Brian Coca, Senior Software Engineer, Ansible

Some examples of using Ansible in unexpected ways.


Brian Coca is a developer at Ansible, where he spends his time working to make Ansible better for users around the globe.

Hope you can join us for a great day in NYC next week! 
You can find more details here - register today as we only have a few more tickets avaiblable. 




Bill Nottingham

Bill Nottingham is a Product Manager, Ansible, Red Hat. After 15+ years building and architecting Red Hat’s Linux products he joined Ansible ... which then became part of Red Hat a year and a half later. His days are spent chatting with users and customers about Ansible and Red Hat Ansible Tower. He can be found on Twitter at @bill_nottingham, and occasionally doing a very poor impersonation of a soccer player.

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