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Don Schenck

Red Hat


Taking Control Of Your Life


STOP! … take a deep breath … and start now to take control of your life.

Face it; as IT professional, we’re often overwhelmed with demands on our time. Family, friends, self and work are enough to keep most people on their heels, but we have to add in constant learning and imposed deadlines. What is a person to do?

This talk will give you some technologies, practices and the mindset you need to take control of your life. Stop feeling overwhelmed and scattered, as if someone else controlled your time. There’s more to life than deploying web services.

Don Schenck will deliver this entertaining and possibly life-changing talk in a style that can best be described as a combination of a preacher, Tony Robbins, and a 39-year veteran of software development. You don’t want to miss this.


Istio Service Mesh with kubernetes: Microservices 3.0


Microservice Architecture means a lot of ‘things’ you have to prepare and account for. Just to rattle off some concepts (buzzwords): Load balancing, routing, circuit breakers, Canary and Blue/Green deployments, pool ejection, tracing, monitoring, chaos engineering, dark launches STAHP. JUST STAHP!

To account for any (or all) of this ‘stuff’, you have historically had to include several libraries in your code and write code to support those libraries. But aren’t *micro* services supposed to be small … micro, even?

Enter Istio and sidecar containers and the Service Mesh. Implement all of the above without changing your code. Move these operational concerns away from developers and into the domain of the operations people. Go home Friday at 5.

This session -- valuable for both developers and those in operations -- will introduce Istio and show some of its capabilities, giving you the information you need to start using the next generation of microservice tools.


About Don Schenck


A developer who has seen it all, Don is a Microsoft MVP, author of “Transitioning to .NET Core on Red Hat Enterprise Linux” by O’Reilly Media, and currently a Director of Developer Experience at Red Hat, with a focus on Microservices and Serverless computing. Prior to Red Hat, Don was a Developer Advocate at Rackspace where he was immersed in cloud technology. He enjoys cooking and studying human behavior, and loathes the designated hitter rule.

Don's overarching belief is this: "A program is not a communication between a developer and a machine; it's a communication between a developer and the next developer."