The Top 5 re:Invent Sessions for DevOps Professionals

Calling all DevOps engineers! Get ready for the 2019 AWS re:Invent to rock your DevOps world! Re:Invent, Amazon's premier global customer and partner conference for the AWS community, will be running from December 2-6 in Vegas, and is a fabulous opportunity to expand your DevOps knowledge, network, and of course, to party.

Since its launch in 2012, the conference has grown from a few thousand attendees to over 50,000. With over 2,500 sessions to choose from and plenty of extracurricular activities, your days—and nights—are sure to be filled.

So make the most of your time at re:Invent; check out our roundup of the sessions DevOps engineers, IT staff, and frankly anyone interested in DevOps should know about—including some you might not at first glance be thinking to attend.

Driving Change and Building a High-Performance DevOps Culture

This session will be led by Mark Schwartz, an AWS enterprise strategist and former CIO of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. An accomplished author, Schwartz has written a number of books on digital transformation, focusing primarily around the use of cloud computing.

Digital transformation is a difficult ask: One survey found only 14% of executives said their transformation programs had made sustained performance improvements.

From bridging the gap between development and operations teams to updating systems and integrating security, creating and maintaining a successful DevOps setup can be fraught with challenges. A mature, high-performance DevOps function is based on the 3Cs—culture, collaboration, and continuous improvement—values that are critical in digital transformation programs where there is often resistance to change.

In this session, Schwartz, one of the top names in DevOps, will offer valuable insights from his first-hand experience helping some of the world’s largest corporations on their DevOps journeys. So for any organization wishing to adopt a DevOps approach or those looking to improve the process and overcome obstacles, this session surely won’t disappoint.

Date & time: Monday, Dec 2, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Automating DevSecOps Security Tasks

According to the Cisco/Cybersecurity Ventures 2019 Cybersecurity Almanac, the annual global cost of cyber crime will be $6 trillion by 2021—more than the annual cost of natural disasters and the global drug trade combined. As a result, most organizations feel as if they're in a permanent state of hypervigilance.

In the modern DevOps environment, security—no longer an add-on—has become a critical element of the DevOps process and must be integrated every step of the way. The term “DevSecOps” is now used to reflect this tight integration.

The problem facing the DevOps engineer is that security concerns are ubiquitous, and it’s time-consuming to keep on top of them all. This is where automation plays an important role in helping to address this issue. Mature DevOps teams recognize this and are in fact 350% more likely to implement automated security, according to Sonata’s 2019 DevSecOps Community Survey.

So where do you begin and how can DevOps teams achieve this? This session will discuss how a virtual CISO platform can take care of security basics, measure compliance statistics, deliver simple user training, and manage the security risks associated with working with different vendors.

This is certainly a valuable session for any DevOps professional wishing to embrace a DevSecOps approach and to tackle head-on the security challenges that organizations face on a daily basis.

Date & time: Wednesday, Dec 4, 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Integrating ServiceNow Cloud Management With AWS

ServiceNow is one of the leading IT service management platforms that has steadily broadened its functionality to become the go-to product for enterprises with big IT estates and multiple cloud implementations. Their improved enterprise DevOps offering and support for AWS in their Cloud Management Platform, along with developments to the AWS service catalog, have made the product even more powerful for DevOps teams.

Integration with CloudWatch means exceptions are caught and routed to the appropriate individual for quick remediation, while support for AWS Security Hub means security findings can be pushed to ServiceNow security operations and service management ticketing to improve management and resolution. The platform also provides visibility of cloud spending and usage at the application and service level, creating greater transparency for chargeback initiatives.

If you work for an enterprise that’s ready to abandon its outdated legacy systems and development practices in favor of a modern DevOps workflow, ServiceNow is a great platform to consider. It gives operations the security, control, and transparency it needs, while still offering development the benefits of agility, flexibility, and fast releases.

So be sure to check out this session to learn more about the range of features the ServiceNow and AWS teams have developed and how they can bring you into the modern age of DevOps.

Date & time: Tuesday, Dec 3, 4:10 PM - 4:30 PM

Automating Cloud Operations

Hybrid cloud implementations are an attractive solution for organizations wishing to reap the benefits of public and private clouds without the downsides. In fact, over half of enterprises now use hybrid implementations. Hybrid cloud does, however, come with its challenges; chief among them is  the management of so many disparate elements: multiple cloud providers, virtualized and containerized environments, different configuration management databases, and ever-changing user behavior.

If ever there were a case for automation, this would be it. For some time now, we’ve been able to automate simpler tasks, such as process or workload prioritization, but more complex problems, such as fault prediction and remediation, are now possible using AI techniques.

With the ability to process data quickly, provide in-depth analysis, and automate daily tasks, this emerging subfield of DevOps, coined AIOps, can certainly make life easier for DevOps teams.

This session will present both the expert and customer perspective on how automation, including AIOps and auto-remediation, can save your DevOps team precious time and provide greater visibility into your hybrid cloud infrastructure. So if you feel like you’re chasing your tail everyday and want to streamline your DevOps practices and drive innovation within your organization, this talk is for you.

Date & time: Tuesday, Dec 3, 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

AWS DevOps Engineer Certification

AWS is the fastest growing cloud ecosystem, and if you want to focus your DevOps skills on a single platform, you could do worse than AWS. Aside from being a structured way of learning, certification is undoubtedly a useful badge to have: It increases job prospects, boosts pay and recognition, and gives you an edge others might not have.

The certification course provides hands-on training on a variety of AWS tools, such as Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3, and many others, and explains how these tools work together. It also introduces some very helpful but lesser-known AWS services. Last, it will teach you how to take advantage of AWS pricing and billing models to boost cost-efficiency within your organization.

This session isn’t a training course, but an exam readiness briefing. So, if you’re signed up for the exam then it’s a no-brainer to join, and if you’re not, then it’s a great way of understanding what to expect should you pursue certification.

If you want to sharpen up certain areas, this re:Invent learning opportunity is sure to help you make a giant leap forward and double the return on your investment—both for your company and your professional development.

Date & time: Monday, Dec 2, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The Future of DevOps

The DevOps world isn’t standing still. With 73% of enterprises reporting they have fully or partially embraced a DevOps approach and another 15% considering it, DevOps engineers are now more in demand than ever. This year’s re:Invent will provide valuable enrichment opportunities for both novice and seasoned DevOps professionals wanting to sharpen their skills, keep up with the latest trends, and help their organizations navigate their DevOps journeys with confidence.

The sessions will fill up quickly, so be sure to reserve a seat! And remember to take advantage of the overflow rooms (where you can watch the sessions live on a big screen) if the session you had hoped to attend is fully booked.

Be sure to visit NetApp at our re:Invent booth #701 to hear more about how our hybrid cloud data services can take your DevOps setup to a whole new level.