Last fall, Redmonk analyst Michael Coté published a paper (PDF) noted how a lot of companies were scaling back big conferences and shift to informal self-organizing unconferences like BarCamp or Mashup Camp. I actually prefer these conferences to the normal circus style tradeshows driven by marketing dollars and hype.
To that end I had the privilege to work with Dave Nielsen the founder of CloudCamp, Cloud and Systems Management pro, John M. Willis, and Damon Edwards of DTO Solutions to put on a new event for systems management professionals interested in cloud computing. So on January 30th in Austin, TX there will be the first OpsCamp for systems management and cloud development professionals. The spirit of the conference is very much in the spirit of DevOps Days which happened late last year, focused on taking the principles of Agile software development and applying them to IT operations.
So don’t take my word for it, read what some other people are saying about OpsCamp.
Dave Nielsen, co-Founder CloudCamp “With rapid change occurring in IT operations, we realized that a place is needed where operations personnel and sysadmins can meet to share their experiences, challenges and solutions. OpsCamp is organized as an unconference which encourages the open exchange of ideas around next generation technologies and strategies for IT Operations. End users, IT professionals and vendors are all encouraged to participate.”
John M. Willis, Author of Cloud Computing and Systems Management Blog, co-host IT Management Podcast and the Cloud Cafe
“While the cloud has lowered the barrier to entry for businesses to own a data center; it has not decreased the complexity of managing complex applications and data center operations. OpsCamp is about exploring the opportunity to intersect ideas like agile development, continuous deployment, and data center operations to promote the rise of a new movement that breaks down the traditional walls between development and operations (i.e., DevOps).”
Michael Coté, Analyst at Redmonk, co-host IT Management Podcast
“After many years of steady pace in the IT world, the tools and technologies used to do the daily work of operations are rapidly changing. Thanks to virtualization and cloud computing moving mainstream, new, hopefully better ways to deliver IT are emerging. These things aren’t always fully baked yet, but the thought-leaders and early adopters are quickly crystallizing. OpsCamp is an exciting chance to get involved in these conversations whether you want to start directing this shift in operations, figure out if it works for you, or just check it out. And, not only is it free, it’s in a damn fine spot: Austin.”
Luke Kanies, Founder of Puppet and Reductive Labs
“OpsCamp is a great opportunity to share expertise and experience in managing operations in the cloud. The unconference setting provides a perfect mix between learning and sharing, and the intimate setting guarantees everyone gets something out of it.”
Erica Brescia, CEO, BitRock and Bitnami Project Lead
“In rapidly evolving disciplines such as how to deploy and manage software in the cloud, the one-way dialogue found at typical conferences just doesn’t cut it. OpsCamp will give early adopters and innovators the opportunity to share best practices and guide the development of the next generation of cloud operations tools and services.”
Space is limited for the event so please RSVP if you plan to attend.