Oct 02 2010

Busy weeks coming up ..

The next 2 months promise to be the more busier of the year for me .

On october 11th I`ll be giving a presentation ab out Linux and High Availability at the KAHO Sint Lieven in Gent

Just 2 days later I`ll be leaving to Hamburg for the next European version of DevopsDays 2010.

Between Devopsdays Hamburg and Leaving for Malaga I`ll visit CloudCamp Ghent om October 20th.

I'll be in Malaga for the Software Libre Open Source World Conference which will take place on 27 and 28 october

The first weekend of November I`ll be at T-Dose , where I`ll give 2 presentations on Devops.

As I`m part of the program comittee of this years NLUUG Najaars conference on Security , I`ll be spending my official Belgian holliday "working" at a conference in the Netherlands.

And to finish off I`ll be talking Devops again at Devoxx 2010 together with Patrick Debois

Don't hesitate to say hi when you bump in to me :)

Jun 01 2010

Call For Abstracts : NLUUG Fall Conference on Security

For all the security experts : the NLUUG has published it's Call For Abstracts for it's Fall conference.. as you might have guessed the topic is Security, we welcome all abstracts tackling security in a broad sense.

Possible topics include:

* cloud security
* online privacy
* rfid hacking
* secure programming
* programma-analysis-tools
* web services security
* web browser security
* embedded hardware hacking
* incident response and forensics
* malware and rootkits
* responsible disclosure
* legal response
* fighting spam
* patch policies
* identity management
* central point of administration
* DNSsec
* VPN based WANs
* etc.

The NLUUG fall conference is scheduled on 11 November 2010 in De Reehorst in Ede, the Netherlands.

Hint.. maybe a talk on secdevops would be welcomed too :)

Disclaimer : I`m on the program committee

May 11 2010

NLUUG Spring Conference 2010

Last week the NLUUG Spring Conference was held in Ede, this years topic was System Administration in general.. which means there was a pretty wide range of talks ... some of the talks were extremely interesting and gathered a lot of people , others really shouldn't have been put in the main room.. Frequenly organising them myselve it's always a difficult choice for a conference organiser.

Must say this was one of my better talks .. it all went smooth and nicely fit within time. Probably the promise of drinks and food after my talk helped some.

I started it of by showing the audience Patrick's opening Devopsdays'09 Video ...

I slightly modified the the slides for my NLUUG presentation, but they are based on the talks I gave on the same topic before

Please note that the Devops definition I give early in the
slides is there to misguide the audience ... :) Everybody knows drinking beer and eating sushi is just a start in the journey when you want to become a #Devops :)

The fun part about conferences often are the speakers dinners, you get to sit down with interesting people and talk about a variety of topics such as panacotta recipes and configuration management ..

It was fun ... too bad it took so long to drive there.. good thing we got back pretty quick..

Feb 01 2010

Upcoming Conference Talks

I know the biggest part of my fanclub already booked tickets for my upcoming presentations, but the other 2 might want to check their calendars to see if they aren't missing out on the good stuff :)

Next Sunday I`ll giving a shortish overview of MySQL HA alternatives in the MySQL and Friends devroom at Fosdem.

March will bring me to Manchester again for the UKUUG Spring conference where I`ll be giving a longer version of that presentation with a strong focus on integrating with PaceMaker, and automating the whole boostrap procedure of a HA setup.

Early may will bring me to Ede in the Netherlands where I`ll be telling the crowds at the NLUUG spring conference, about their new fancy jobtitles, as all the Systeembeheerders there will have to become Devministrators, or Devops if you prefer ...

Apart from my talks also watch out for LoadAys , PuppetCamp Europe, OpsCamp Europe and maybe a Real CloudCamp in Belgium :)

And I`m not the only Inuit on Tour,

Apr 18 2009

Bits and Bytes .. on a disk

Armijn asked me to spread the news about the upcoming NLUUG Voorjaarsconference that will as usually take place in EDE.

Every bit counts. From a single byte to billions of images, from one line of text to a gigantic tangled semantic web of documents, from clay tablets to 3D holographic memory, storage and the means to organize storage have always been important to humanity. Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes, it was said; a sailboat crossing the Atlantic still manages rates of a little over 1GB/s end-to-end.

A petabyte of storage weighs about as much as a small car, but a large physics experiment can fill that up in less than a week. The modern rate of data production and amount of data storage --and crucially also data search and retrieval-- have pushed the limits of computer storage and the traditional file system further and further back.

The NLUUG Spring Conference 2009 focuses on storage and the means to organise it: file systems, physical storage, connections and search. The keynote speaker at the conference will be Ted Ts'o, author of the ext4 file system in Linux and CTO of the Linux Foundation. Other subjects at the conference are DRBD, desktop search and ZFS.
The conference is in conference center 'De Reehorst' in Ede, The Netherlands. Information about the full programme and registration can be found at the conference website

As always members of NLUUG and sister organisations as well as students get a hefty discount.