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As software-as-a-service became the dominant vector for enterprise computing during the last several years, the development velocity required from top-tier software teams skyrocketed. DevOps has been one of the key strategies for managing that increased velocity, and it has never been more important to a new generation of companies modernizing their infrastructure for the cloud era.

That’s just one reason why we’re excited to present five experts in DevOps at the 2019 GeekWire Cloud Summit, scheduled for June 5th at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Our biggest technical conference will feature a mix of speakers such as Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott, Amazon Web Services’ cloud storage leader Mai-Lan Thomsen Bukovec, and Slack co-founder and CTO Cal Henderson, as well as four tracks focusing on key areas of the modern cloud, including Cloud Migration, Artificial Intelligence, and the Business of the Cloud.

The DevOps track will examine the shift toward cloud-native software development tools and techniques, which also benefits companies managing their own servers that want to understand modern best practices.

Historically, developers wrote software, and handed it off to operations engineers who then had to actually make that software run. The speed at which today’s software development teams are forced to move by business realities makes that separation of duties untenable, forcing information technology departments to work much more closely together than in the past. But that pace has also unlocked a lot of benefits; bug fixes and feature enhancements can be rolled out very quickly without layers of bureaucracy.

The five DevOps speakers we’ve invited to the Cloud Summit work at some of the biggest tech companies in the world as well as some of its most promising startups, and have a wealth of experience and insight that will help attendees understand the best way to implement DevOps in their own organizations.

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Nell Shamrell-Harrington, principal software development engineer, Chef (Chef Photo)
  • Tara Hernandez, engineering manager for Google Cloud, was an early proponent of continuous integration, a key DevOps strategy that requires developers to submit their Ncode to a central repository several times a day.
  • Nell Shamrell-Harrington of Chef, a Cloud Summit veteran, just oversaw a seismic shift in Chef’s product-development strategy in making all of its code open source.
  • Illya Chekrygin, founding member and lead engineer at Seattle startup Upbound, led a project at HBO that moved its streaming service onto Amazon Web Services and Kubernetes.
  • Lee Atchison of New Relic has been overseeing the infrastructure monitoring company’s cloud strategy for the last seven years.
  • Idit Levine, co-founder and CEO of Solo.io, is working on new technologies that will help companies take advantage of new tools like Kubernetes and serverless computing.

Tickets are on sale for the GeekWire Cloud Summit here. It is our most technical conference of the year, drawing more than 600 technology leaders to discuss what’s next in cloud computing and learn insights from those who’ve been in the trenches.

There aren’t many cloud computing conferences that are produced outside of the cloud vendors themselves, and the GeekWire Cloud Summit is a great value for engineers, developers, CIOs, CTOs and other business and tech leaders to dive deeper into the most important technologies behind the cloud.

A big thanks to F5, which is serving as the 2019 GeekWire Cloud Summit title sponsor. Also, thanks to gold, silver and supporting sponsors: Vulcan, City of Bellevue, Algorithmia, OpenSquare, Wave Business, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Bellevue College, MongoDB, and Kazuhm.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s GeekWire Cloud Summit, please contact our business team at advertising@geekwire.com.

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