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Thomas A. Limoncelli is an internationally recognized author, speaker,
and system administrator. His newest book, “The Practice of Cloud
System Administration” (Pearson), shipped in September 2014. His
previous books include Time Management for System Administrators
(O’Reilly) and The Practice of System and Network Administration
(Pearson). He works in New York City at Stack Exchange, home of
ServerFault.com and StackOverflow.com. Previously he’s worked at small
and large companies including Google and Bell Labs.
http://EverythingSysadmin.com is his blog.
Jennifer Davis has years of experience improving platform
development efficiency through building reliable large scale services,
reducing complexity of product implementation, and automation of
infrastructure. As a Chef Automation Consulting Engineer, she helps
companies discover their own best practices to improving workflow
reducing mean time to deploy.
Having had his parents murdered before his eyes, as the family was going to the theatre, young Jess dedicated his life to fight crime.
He now works as a systems administrator.
Connie-Lynne joined Groupon in 2012, to found Groupon’s Site Reliability Engineering team. Building on her success with SRE, in January of 2014 she helped start Groupon’s ETHOS (Engineering Traditions, Habits, Operations, and Standards) team as the Sr. Manager for Global Engineering Education. With degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Theater Management, Connie-Lynne brings 20 years of System Engineering experience to the table, as well as a keen understanding of how to handle drama in the workplace. In addition to Groupon, Connie-Lynne has worked at Linden Lab, Yahoo, and Caltech, but admits that her most fun position is as a board member for the Grilled Cheese Invitational, an annual food festival celebrating all things cheesy.
Garrett Honeycutt has been hacking *nix based systems and spreading the merits of open source software for over fifteen years. He began using Puppet in 2007 while building out a national carrier grade VoIP system. Previously he has worked on such things as building core internet infrastructure for an ISP, creating mobile media distribution platforms, and was as a Professional Services Engineer with Puppet Labs working with customers around the world helping them with Puppet, DevOps processes, and project management. Currently he is Puppet Architect at Ericsson in Stockholm where he coordinates with and mentors those writing puppet code for their global R&D sites.
Regularly presenting on open source topics, Garrett has had the opportunity to speak at various user groups including GSLUG, CINLUG, Indy.rb, PuppetNYC, SFDevOps, and NYCDevOps. He has also presented at almost every US Linux Fest, LOAD, Cascadia IT Conf, OSCON, and Flourish and internationally in Russia, Belgium, Czech Republic, India, Switzerland and Australia.
J.P. McGlinn is a general purpose system administrator with an extensive history in K-12
education. Recently he focused on data management and system integration and is
currently looking for a new adventure in data systems.
Jamie Riedesel has been in systems administration since 1997 after a fortuitous case of mononucleosis. In the beginning it was Windows 95 on NetWare in a corporate environment, then spent seven years in cash-strapped academia doing storage and Windows, and is now involved in distributed Linux systems with maybe some Windows on the side. Jamie has been blogging since 2004 under the name Sysadmin1138, and can also be found as a community elected moderator on ServerFault.com.
George Miranda is a Partner Engineer and Evangelist with Chef Software. He’s made a career working in Web Operations for over 15 years at a variety of small dotcoms and large enterprises by obsessively automating every process he can. He now practices Infrastructure as Code and believes in applying the same Software Development Life Cycle practices used in application code to server infrastructure. He helps Chef customers seeking to evolve their application management practices figure out how to become successful by moving quickly and safely. He lives to help others solve problems and would love to help you solve yours.
Greg Mason is a sysadmin at the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research at Michigan State University, and has been there since 2008. He’s passionate about sane storage and sustainable systems. In previous lives, he has worked for a SaaS provider in the insurance industry. When not staring at a computer, you can find him running with his dogs, cycling, enjoying fine beers and whiskies, and occasionally posting interesting photos to the internet. He can generally be found as @nodoubleg or gmason on the internet.
Paul English has Bachelors in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute obtained in 1988. And Paul has been a UNIX & Linux system administrator and wearer of many other IT hats since 1996. More recently he has managed a few people while still racking the occasional server. In the past few years, Paul has occasionally looked up from the fire of the moment and noticed that professional software development has figured out a few handy techniques that he didn’t learn in school which could be applied to operations with good results.
I’m a software engineer with experience in the development of embedded software, enterprise software and now cloud technologies for the OpenStack infrastructure team. I’m part of the team working to scale out the continuous integration (CI) infrastructure for the OpenStack project. Our CI infrastructure includes Jenkins, Gerrit code review system, Git SCM, Zuul trunk gating system, Puppet provisioning system, Jenkins job builder and test collateral for all of the OpenStack projects. As you can imagine, the infrastructure also includes a vast collection of cloud servers.
Bryan has nearly 30 years’ experience working in IT with a focus on Network Design, Network Assessments, and Network Management. He has spoken to a variety of customer audiences at CiscoLive and PINK ITSM conferences, as well as working closely with business leaders, technical leaders, and technical staff. Bryan has worked across a variety of business verticals in Fortune 500, Service Providers, and Public Sector. Bryan currently is working on converging IT Service Management and Network Management Architecture for the US Army. He is a firm believer in the Oxford comma.
Alan is a long-time IT professional, having managed computer systems for over a decade, and written innovative system management software for more than 20 years. He wrote his first computer program a very long time ago, and was blessed to have participated in a number of really interesting and groundbreaking projects in his long career – having worked at Bell Labs, SuSE and IBM for much of that time.
He founded the open source Linux-HA project (sometimes called Heartbeat, now called Pacemaker) and led it for nearly 10 years. It has been incorporated into a number of commercial products, and is estimated to be used in over 100,000 systems over the world including by some of the largest companies in the world, and in critical roles like air traffic control and health care. He is now leading work on the Assimilation project, which was inspired by his work on the highly custom 2.2 million million core Cyclops64 system for the US intelligence community.
Gabe is a veteran admin with an eye for automation. As a Professional Services Engineer for Puppet Labs, he leads technical trainings, builds automation infrastructure, and even provides “family therapy” between departmental silos.
Prior to Puppet, Gabe worked with systems, storage, virtualization, and other supporting technologies for Sony Playstation’s game development studios. He is in the credits of award-wining games, such as Journey, God of War, and Resistance.
John Sellens has been involved in system and network administration
for over 25 years, and has been teaching and writing on related topics
for many years. He holds an M.Math. in computer science from the
University of Waterloo. He is the proprietor of SYONEX, a systems and
networks consultancy, was recently a member of the operations team
at FreshBooks, and is now part of the team at Nightingale Informatix.
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